Stay 10 : An ecotourism vacations in national parks

Stay 10 : An ecotourism vacations in national parks.

Occidental Route

Stage 10/35 - 310 kms

0 km Krosno

38 kms Krempna

77 kms Presov

93 kms Snina

102 kms Svaliava

carte Krosno a Svaliava

Ecotourism vacations in Krosno : An reknowned weaving industry

Krosno, in southern Poland, East of Krakow, was founded in 1324 on lands owned by the Crown. Weaving industry has played an important role in the development of this city. The city was also an important trade center for Hungarian wines. In 1348, a municipal charter was granted on the basis of the Magdenburg laws. A bit later, Krosno was accorded the right to hold an annual fair which has become well known. This new commercial impetus and the protection of a wall allowed the city to flourish. When the Jewish inhabitants knew that Krosno also became an industrial, commercial and craft center in the 16th century, and had approximately 250 craftsmen organized in 10 corporations, the total population exceeded 3.000 people. The city has attracted many artists and became known as "little Krakow".

Krempna : A small welcoming village

Krempna is a village in the County of Jasło, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, in Poland, to the Southeast, near the border with Slovakia. It is the seat of the gmina, an administrative district called Gmina Krempna. It is located about 26 kilometers south of Jasło and 68 kilometers southwest of the regional capital of Rzeszów. The village has a population of approximately 500 inhabitants.

The national park of Magurski

The national park of Magurski is one of the 23 Polish national parks, created in 1995. The Park is located on the border of the Carpathian region in the heart of the Lower Beskids. Its range includes the upper basin and the Magura Wisloka Wątkowska range. It is one of the two national parks in the Carpathian region. The park takes its name from the massif known as Magura Wątkowska, named after its highest peak Wątkowa. Magurski is also the name of the second highest peak of this massif. The landscape of the national park of Magurski is typical of the Beskid Niski ridge and is mainly made of medium and densely forested peaks. Among the most important geological curiosities, you have the Diabli Kamień or “Stone of the devil” and the Kornuty reserve.

The city of Bardejov (on the road between Krempna and Presov) : the iron period

The fortified town of Bardejov is a well-preserved evidence of the economic and social structure of the trading cities of medieval Central Europe. The plan, the buildings and the city's fortifications illustrate the typical urban complex that developed in Central Europe in the Middle Ages, in the main points along major trade routes of this period. Bardejov is located on a terrace of the flood plain of the Topl'a river, in the northeast of Slovakia, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains. There is evidence of Paleolithic and Iron period human occupation in the area, in contact with the Roman Empire.

UNESCO World Heritage : Spissky Hrad castle (about 40 km from Presov)

The ruins of the castle of Spis in Eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is located above the town of Spisske Podhradie and the village of Zehra, in the region named Spis. It was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list in 1993. It is one of the biggest European castles by area.

Practical services

Krosno : Hotel Twist

Krosno : Hotel Krosno-Nafta

Krosno : Portius

Krosno : Śnieżka

Krosno : Restauracja Pensjonat Buda

Krosno : Karpackie Pokoje

Slovakia : A nice visitors destination

Tourism in Slovakia offers natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts. More than 1.6 million people visited Slovakia since 2006 and the most attractive destinations are the capital of Bratislava and the High Tatras. Most visitors come from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, but tourists from Israel are not uncommon as well.

Presov : Rococo, gothic and baroque styles

Tourisme responsable à Presov Slovaquie

Presov Slovakia
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Prešov is a city in the eastern part of Slovakia. It is the third largest city of the country. The city is a showcase of the baroque, the rococo and the gothic architecture. In the historic centre, the main street is lined with churches and other buildings structured in these styles. In the suburbs however, the Soviet influence is made obvious through the massive concrete buildings, the plots and the Sekcov district. A more Soviet-style architecture is seen in government buildings near the city centre. Mechanical and electrical engineering companies, as well as the clothing industry, form the important industries in the city. Solivary, the only company of extraction and processing of salt in Slovakia, is also implemented in the city. The city is the seat of a Catholic Greek metropolis. The city and the region were shortlisted for the 2013 European capital of culture.

Snina : A city to be discovered

Tourisme responsable à Snina Slovaquie

Snina Slovakia
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Snina is a city to be discovered in Slovakia located at the confluence of the Cirocha River and the small Pcolinka river, in the valley between the Beskyd foothills and the mountain of Vihorlat. It is the closest city with rail and bus links to the Poloniny National Park. Sninsky Kamen, the most visited mountain of the Vihorlat mountain range, is located 5 km from Snina. It is a protected natural formation which dominates the southern horizon line. This rock formation consists of two andesite blocks. The immediate vicinity abound in rare endemic flora. Marked trails from Snina lead to the top. Morské oko is a lake in the Vihorlat mountains, eastern of Slovakia. Beautiful wooden churches can be found in several villages in the region of Snina, such as Ruský Potok, Ulicske Krivé, Kalná Roztoka, Topola and Hrabová Roztoka.

The national park of Poloniny

The national park of Poloniny is a national park in northeastern Slovakia at the Polish and Ukrainian borders, in the massif of the vrchy Bukovské, which belongs to the East of the Carpathian Mountains. It was created 1st October 1997, with a protected area of 298,05 km2 and a buffer zone of 109,73 km2. Some areas of the park are included in the primary beech forests of the Carpathian Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is located in the Snina district, in the Prešov region. It is contiguous to the national park of Bieszczady in Poland, they are both part of the East Carpathian biosphere Reserve.

Practical services

Prešov : Apartman Saris

Prešov : Hotel Enchanté

Prešov : Apartmany Kolegium

Prešov : Antonio Pension

Prešov : Penzión Hradby

Prešov : Hotel Polo

Ukraine : A popular tourist destination

Ukraine attracts more than 20 million foreigners each year. Visitors mainly come from Eastern Europe, but also from Western Europe, the USA, Israel and also from Canada. The country is the most popular tourist destination, 8th in Europe. Ukraine is a destination at the crossroads between Eastern, Northern, Southern and Central Europe. Ukraine is bordered by Russia and is not far from Turkey. There are mountain ranges - the Carpathian Mountains - suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The Black Sea coastline is a popular summer destination for holidaymakers. Ukraine has vineyards where they produce native wines, there are also ruins of castles, historic, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant parks, as well as a few mosques and synagogues.

Svaliava : Heavy history for this charming city

Svaliava Ukraine

Svaliava Ukraine
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Svaliava a charming city with an heavy history. Its located on the Latorytsia River in the Transcarpathia oblast, west of Ukraine. According to the 1910 census, 47.1% of the population were Greek Catholic, 26.2% were Jewish and 22.9% were Catholic. The Jewish population was deported to Auschwitz by the Hungarian Government in May 1944 and murdered by the Germans. After World War II, a concentration camp was working near the town. Hungarian and German civilians were swept by Soviet forces in the camp on the only basis of their nationality. They were ordered to introduce themselves to the "malenkij robot" for "small jobs", but most of them were killed in the camp.

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