“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy (...). The best of all ways to lengthen our days is not to steal a few hours from night but to walk steadily and with a purpose”.
― Charles Dickens
Poland is not only about pierogi and vodka. There's much more than Warsaw and Cracow, Gdansk and Wroclaw.
It's the Polish mountains. And no, it's not Tatra mountains this time.
The treasure which is yet to be discovered by foreign tourists is Beskidy mountains.
They may not be the highest mounts - the topmost peak reaches 1725 metres (5659 ft). They may be a bit less picturesque than famous Tatra mountains. There are no soaring dramatic peaks or steep ridges which take your breath away.
But they're definitely worth visiting. Beskidy mountains are paradise for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts - there's loads of hiking and biking trails, ski resorts, lakes and paragliding starting points. There's also lots of mountain huts which offer delicious homemade food - you won't get hungry in Beskidy mountains
Beskidy aren't demanding - they're perfect for family hikes or hikers who don't want to strain themselves but appreciate great views and fresh air.
Interestingly, Beskidy are perfect option also for thru-hikers - there's famous Main Beskid Trail.
Main Beskid Trail is almost 500 kilometres (310 miles) long - it goes along southern Polish boarders. It starts in Ustron village in Silesian Beskids and ends in Wołosate village in Bieszczady mountains. The official record in hiking time is 115 hours (I wonder if I'd be able to hike it in 2 weeks!).
As much as we'd like to challenge Main Beskid Trail, we've recently had only 1 weekend day available so we squeezed out of it the best we could - we hiked in Silesian Beskid range which is the closest to Katowice.
We simply adore these mountains - we hike there whenever we've got a free weekend day. Nice views, undemanding trails and fresh air - there's actually nothing more we could ask for.
There are many ranges of Beskid mountains and you may also want to have a closer look at our southern Polish natural treasures - here's a few words about Zywiec part, Silesian mountains, Little Beskids and Island range.
Don't think twice if you plan to visit Poland and like nature - go to Beskidy mountains. They're true playground for nature lovers
I know - Polish cities are more popular, easy to get to, simply - nice tourist destinations. Cheap and offering many interesting sites, they are perfect for sightseeing and tempt to stay as long as possible. Also, Tatra mountains are increasingly popular, enticing tourists with breathtaking views.
But there's also Beskidy mountains - undiscovered natural Polish treasure, currently overlooked by foreign visitors but so worth seeing! Beskidy offer nice and undemanding trails which will lead you along quiet forests, scenic meadows and beautiful ridges.
Poland is truly beautiful and Beskidy mountains are the icing on the cake which will make your stay even more memorable.
How about you, have you ever been to Poland?