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Bieszczady – a nature paradise

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Bieszczady is the name of the mountain range in the southeast corner of Poland. The area is part of the Eastern Beskidy Mountains.
The northern border of the Bieszczady region goes by the town of Lesko; the western border goes by the city of Komancza, and the eastern along the Polish-Ukrainian border. The southern border is formed by the state border between Poland and Slovakia.

The mountains:
The highest mountain peak in Bieszczady is called Tarnica and its height above the sea is 1346 m. Other peaks are: Krzemien (1335 m), Kopa Bukowska (1320 m), Wolowy Garb (1248 m) and Halicz (1333 m).

The Bieszczady Mountains are famous for theirs “Poloniny”, i.e. mountains, grassy and herbaceous plots that occur especially at elevations above 1150 m. Even the highest ridges are overgrown with these grasslands, which also makes the views of the mountain peaks particularly wide and panoramic. All mountain ridges can be passed through marked hiking trails; in addition, some mountains are also accessible for cycling tourists.
Mountain chains include: Polonina Wetlinska and Polonina Carynska as well as: Szeroki Wierch, Bukowe Berdo, and Polonina Bukowska.

Lakes and rivers:
In the mountain landscape lie the two connected lakes Lake Solina and Lake Myczkowce .
Both lakes are artificial lakes, built as water reservoirs as well as for energy and recreational purposes; Lake Solina in particular is a very popular tourist destination.
Lake Solina is built on the San River, the most significant river in the area. In addition to San, the lake also has access to the Solinka tributary.

The San River originates in Ukraine and over a total length of 443 km has a picturesque course through western Bieszczady and further north, where it has its outlet in Wisla; its tributaries include: Solinka, Wolosaty, Wislok, Myczkowski Potok and Stupnica.

Close to nature:
Bieszczady has many nicknames, including “Poland's Wild West”, and wild and beautiful nature is also in excess, but at the same time the population is now focused on tourism, which means that you do not have to drive far to find accommodations or places to eat.
Bieszczady is a great nature experience, an area of green mountains, flowering valleys, large forests and roaring rivers.
In Bieszczady you will find areas where only a few tourists have set foot.
The larger roads in the area are usually quite good. The smaller roads, on the other hand, can be of mixed quality and some are extremely poor. You can of course stick to the larger roads, but if you want to seek out the special nature experiences that are best obtained on the small roads, then there is the opportunity to rent a car on site, for example. EN4-wheel drive vehicle.
The local residents say that one should experience Bieszczady as close as possible, ie. that one should move on foot, by bike or on horseback. Bicycles and riding horses can be rented in several places in the area.

The biggest nature attraction is Bieszczady National Park , located in the southeast corner of the region.

The regional building style:
Everyone who comes to Bieszczady will notice the old wooden churches with onion domes (where the roofing is done in “Gont”, i.e. wood roofs, or tin roofs, which are unusually pretty. Each building is different and each one is honored. These are old buildings; the oldest are from the 16th to the 18th century; they are most often orthodox churches, but can also be catholic or greek catholic churches. Examples of these as well as many other old houses from Bieszczady can be seen in the open-air museum in Sanok, where there is also a large collection of icons from the entire Carpathian region.

Different types of tourism and activities possible in Bieszczady:

Hiking Tourism:
Hiking along marked trails is one of the preferred forms of tourism in Bieszczady. The excellent network of hiking trails supports this kind of outdoor life.

Natural knowledge for tourists:
This is about hiking, while at the same time increasing one's knowledge of the nature in which one is moving. For this purpose, special educational hiking trails have been created in the terrain.

In Bieszczady can get lessons in horseback riding, make short excursions on horseback in the surrounding area and take part in longer excursions by horse carriage – and in winter in sledding.

Cycling tourism:
Hiking trails and bike paths are well marked. In the year 2002, 700 km of bicycle paths of varying degrees were marked.

Water sports:
On Lake Solina and Lake Myczkowce, tourists can do water sports in the form of, among other things. kayaking, sailboat and pedal boat.

The many mountain rivers are rich in many kinds of fish, not least trout, which are well located in the fast flowing mountain streams.

Health Center:
In 1999, the small town of Polanczyk was given health status; the site is known for good results in the treatment of respiratory diseases as well as in the organs of movement, rheumatic diseases and metabolic disorders.

Ski trip Tourisme:
In the Bieszczady area there are several ski areas as well as snowboarding.

Read about accommodation under individual cities in the region.

Towns and Villages in Bieszczady:

Baligród, Bystre, Cisna, Chmiel, Czarna, Dzwiniacz Dolny, Jasien, Komancza, Lesko , Lutowiska, Myczkowce, Olszanica, Polanczyk, Smolnik, Solina, Ustrzyki Dolne , Ustrzyki Górne, Wetlina.

Other pages about Bieszczady:

Bieszczady National Park
Bieszczady Info (Polish)

Bieszczady is the perfect destination for tourists who appreciate the tranquility, peace and beautiful scenery.

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