Backwater created by a dam on the Dunajec river was named Lake Rożnów. Owing to its situation, it is surrounded by picturesque hills, forests and many charming small bays and peninsulas. The landmark of the lake is Małpia Wyspa (Monkey Island), which is qualified as a landscape protection area and a bird sanctuary. As much as 165 species of birds build their nests in the region. S-shaped Lake Rożnów, on whose shore our Resort is located, stretches for 20 kilometres from south to north and its width averages 1 kilometre. The entire surface of the reservoir spans over 18 square kilometres.
This piedmont area is positioned in the Małopolska region, precisely in the Beskid Niski. It is made up of diverse terrain including hills that reach as high as 550 metres above sea level and deep valleys, through which the Dunajec river, the Biała river and their tributaries flow. When exploring the region you will find two reservoirs: Lake Rożnów and Czchowskie Lake. Because they are situated in the Dunajcec river gorge you will be delighted by the unique landscapes they offer. Pogórze Rożnowskie creates great opportunities both for hikers and cyclists.
It is a village settled on the shore of Lake Rożnów. It is here that we decided to build Lemon Resort Spa. In the close neighbourhood of our Resort (only 1 kilometre) there is a stud farm housing four horses and three ponies. The riding centre offers horse-drawn carriage rides.
Rożnów is situated on the shore of Lake Rożnów, which takes its name after the village. The place is a very attractive tourist destination, as it has plenty of architectural relics and picturesque hills. One of the most interesting elements of the local architectural legacy is the wooden St Adalbert's Church and which was funded in 1661 by Jan Wielopolski from a noble Polish family.
By the Dunajec river, there are remnants of historic fortified buildings: ruins of a medieval castle built in the 14th century, where knights were stationed, and renaissance fortifications from the 16th century. In 1426 the castle was owned by a famous Polish knight Zawisza Czarny, and after his death it was inherited by his descendants. In the 16th and 17th century, the fortress started to fall into decay. Only fragments of walls survived until today.
The dam in Rożnów was built between 1935 and 1941. They started filling the reservoir with water in the second half of 1941 and after the river had swollen in the spring and summer of 1943, the lake reached its today's level. The dam is 550 metres long, 32.5 metres high and its crest - 9 metres wide. The potential power of the dammed river was used for energy production: the water drives four water turbines and generator embedded in the dam. The concrete wall reaches 40 metres in width at its foundation and goes 17 metres deep into the ground under the river bottom.
Rożnów hides a small range of rocks which is not marked on most of the available maps. There are also no guideposts in the village, which could help to get to the place. The range is situated in the place of a former quarry, below the road running from Rożnów church through Bartkowa to Gródek nad Dunajcem. To reach the spot you have to set off from the church, pass a bus stop on the left and a local grocery on the right and turn into a cart track just past the shop. You will find several rock formations of different size, composed of a local type of sandstone. The main part of the range is a ledge running across it for 250 metres. Particular rocks have their own interesting names, for example: "Alp over the Stile", "Fin" or "Wall behind the Vessel". The highest point of the range is as high as 30 metres.
Tropie is a charming village located not far from Gródek nad Dunajcem. It borders Witowice Dolne in the south and Wytrzyszczka in the west. At the beginning of the 20th century two other villages were integrated into it: Wiatrowice and Habalina. The most popular attraction is the Church of St Andrew Zorard and St Benedict of Szkalka, a historic building from the 13th century.
The beginning of the church's story is connected with the year 1993, when pope John Paul II consecrated a stone which was later used as a foundation stone in the new temple built in Jamna. The village was becoming an important place for many young people; more and more of them gathered there. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Unfailing Hope and Students Religious Centre run by Dominicans are places where people pray, seek reconciliation to God, and where they transform their lives.
Located not far from Czchów, there is a reconstructed fortress on the steep hill, surrounded by the Dunajec river on three sides. The castle's story is connected with Tropie situated in the other side of the river. It was probably founded at the beginning of the 13th century by a noble Ośmioróg-Gierałt family. The castle was mentioned for the first time as early as in 1231. A knight wearing the Ośmioróg-Gierałt coat of arms was a successful participant of tournaments at many courts, among others: Philip the Bold's and Philip the Good's in Burgundy. At the times of Counter-Reformation, in 1574, the fortress was destroyed by the rulers of Rożnów because there were "raids conducted from the castle". After 1993 the fortress was rebuilt and opened to tourists.
In Czchów, on a hill called Baszta nad Dunajcem, you will find castle ruins. Built between the 13th and 16th century, the castle protected the trade route going along the Dunajec river and the customs officials charging the merchants who brought goods from Hungary. Originally, in the place of the castle there was only a Romanesque fortified tower, and in the 14th century it was extended and transformed into the stronghold, where leaders of Czchów lived. The castle was destroyed in the 17th century. Since the second half of the 18th century up till the First Partition of Poland, the extant tower was used as a prison. What survived until today is the very 14th century tower and bare foundations of the walls.
It is a stone bridge which you will find in Znamirowice. It was built in the 1970s with use of no equipment, by only one person: a local resident, Jan Stach. The amazing determination of the builder, owing to which we can admire the construction today, was broadly commented, which made the bridge a famous local attraction and frequently visited tourist destination. In the 1971 Jerzy Jaraczewski shoot a film about Jan Stach and his bridge, which was titled "Wznoszę Pomnik" ("Building a monument"). If you want to see the construction, you have to follow the road going through Znamirowice until you reach a bus stop Znamirowice-Skała. Turn past the stop into a road running along the forest edge, down towards Lake Rożnów and you will get to your destination.
It is a town on the Biała river, situated in the piedmont area of Pogórze Ciężkowickie. Near the town you can visit Skamieniałe Miasto reserve (Stone Town), which features rock formations created by weathering and erosion. The tourist destination is frequented by organised groups and individual visitors. Easily accessible, the place is one of the most remarkable natural attractions in the Małopolska region.
The story of the palace goes back to the 16th century, when Piotr Nawojowski erected a stone manor house. In 1799 the property was owned by count Franciszek Stadnicki, whose successors funded new parts of the building and it became an ancestral estate. The palace has two right angled wings. The older two-storey part of the building, which was Piotr Nawojowski's renaissance manor house, has buttresses and turrets on the roof's corners. The trees of the park surrounding the building were planted in 1840 from the initiative of Edward Stadnicki. Species you can find there are, among others, northern red oaks, plane tree, tulip tree, thujas, cypresses, hemlocks, Douglas trees and katsuras from the beginning of the 20th century.
One of the oldest Polish towns, Stary Sącz, was chartered in the 13th century. It is located on the Amber Road. The town itself has a unique ambience and the visitors may get an impression that it got stuck in a time warp; the impression, however is absolutely positive, you could even say - mystic. Medieval plan of the main square and the streets as well as the town infrastructure give you an amazing opportunity to travel back in time to the remote era when the trade route from Hungary was bustling, fairs were loud and salutes were given to the king by a cheerful crowd, but also to the fearful era when townspeople had to retreat into the mountains to flee from the approaching Tatars. Stary Sącz had kept the spirit of those events, which does not fade over the years.
The village was built around the castle on a hill by the Poprad river called Góra Zamkowa and took its name after the fortress. During the last few years, the castle ruins were gradually dug up and the walls reconstructed under the watchful eye of a preservationist. Among beautiful surroundings, you will also find an Adventure Park in Rytro and Poprad Landscape Park in close vicinity. The Adventure Park "Ablandia" features 34 acrobatic elements installed high on the trees; the total length of the trails is 800 metres. Additionally, it has 14 exercises for kids installed on a trail which is 150 metres long.
In the 12th century, Nowy Wiśnicz was qualified as a monastery village. Major part of the town's wooden houses was burnt during a great fire on the 3rd of July 1863. As a result of this event, many historic buildings were destroyed. Among those that survived until today is the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the town hall, the house of Maciej Trapola built in the 17th century and the military cemetery no. 311.
Buildings and fields of Stary Wiśnicz, nestled in the Leksandrówka river valley and spread over the hills of Pogórze Wiśnickie, settled on either side of the valley. While visiting the village, you will find a castle with bastion fortifications owned by the Kmita family, which was extended in the 17th century from the initiative of the Lubomirski family. You can also see Koryznówka manor house dating back to 1860, which functions today as a museum featuring mementos of a Polish painter Jan Matejko.
Dębno boasts a castle, which is the reason of the village's fame. The castle is a late Gothic building, erected between 1470 and 1480. It was founded by Jakub z Dębna, a Chancellor of the Crown and a castellan from Cracow. Before the brick walls were put up, the place was occupied by moated and walled fortifications made from wood and clay, based on oval layout. The fortifications were probably owned by a dygnitary Świętosław from the family of Gryfici, who was a castellan of Wiślica and to whom Dębno was bequeathed by king Bolesław V the Chaste in 1274. In the subsequent years the village and the castle were owned by the Pobóg family and somewhere around the middle of the 14th century the authority over Dębno was passed to the powerful Odrowąż family. Jakub z Dębna, who came from this family, founded the castle, which remained unchanged until today. In 1586 it was restored in a renaissance fashion.
Łącko is particularly concerned with local folklore, which develops steadily in the village. You can notice the continuation of the tradition in regional troupes such as: "Małe Łącko", "Górale Łąccy" and Tadeusz Moryto brass band. Annually, in May, Łącko holds Apple Blossom Festival, during which you can admire traditional costumes and performances of regional troupes and listen to brass bands of the Nowy Sącz region. Then, in September, you can witness the fruit picking fest, which since a few years has been combined with the slivovitz fest.
Kamianna is famous for its bee yard "Barć". A popular attraction in the apiary are interpretive walks, during which you can watch the life on a honeycomb with your own eyes. It is this bee yard that provided pope John Paul II with honey every year. Another place in Kamianna, which is worth visiting is "Dom Pszczelarza" ("Beekeeper's House"), where a professional runs apitherapy practice and will be happy to tell you about using honey bee products in unconventional treatment.
Set up in 1348, Piwniczna is located in the Poprad river valley. It is famous for its mineral waters with curative properties, which are bottled in two bottling plants: one in Piwniczna and the other in Zubrzyk. Since the foundation of the town, its layout - main square and streets starting at its corners - remained unchanged. In the middle of the main square there is a historic well from 1913, which used to provide drinking water for the townspeople and later was used as a water supply in case of fire. Among the historic jewels of Piwniczna, you will find documents written on parchment, the most precious one being the act from the 1st of July 1348, confirming the foundation of the town. This document was found in 2008, 660 years after Piwniczna was set up.
Among tourist attractions which you can find not far from Gródek nad Dunajcem, one of the greatest is rafting down the Poprad river from Piwniczna to nearby Rytro. The trail, which was once used to raft goods down the river, is incredibly scenic so you will definitely experience unforgettable moments.
The oldest town in the Małopolska region, Bochnia, is positioned halfway between Cracow and Tarnów. Because it lies on the Raba river, where the piedmont area of Pogórze Rożnowskie melts into the sunken terrain of Kotlina Sandomierska, the town boasts amazing views: in the southern part you will find picturesque hills while the northern area is flat. Hillocks whose feet step into the town, vast forests covering them and nearby Puszcza Niepołomicka forest: all that makes Bochnia a charming place. The main tourist attraction of the town is the salt mine, which is the oldest one in Europe.
Krynica-Zdrój lies in the Beskid Sądecki, in the valley of the Kryniczanka stream and its tributaries. Walking through the town, you will find many places where water is pumped out, pump rooms and plants bottling mineral and curative waters. Krynica also offers several ski stations for winter sports enthusiasts.
Szczawnica is situated in a beautiful valley of the Grajcarek stream, which flows into the right bank of the Dunajcec river. The valley is positioned between two mountain ranges: the Małe Pieniny and the Beskid Sądecki. Szczawnica's unique situation has many advantages. Owing to the forests on the valley's steep walls, strong insolation, relatively little rain and snowfall, and clear air, Szczawnica has mild, dictinctive microclimate. Another factor contributing to it is the vicinity of the Dunajec river gorge and the Pieniny National Park. In the north, the town borders a mountain range with the highest peak Radziejowa (984 m) and the southern edge adheres to the Małe Pieniny range (with its summits: Rabszyn, 847 m; Wysoka, 1052 m). Further in the south you will find the Pieniny range (summits: Sokolica, 747 m; Trzy Korony, 982 m). All those remarkable places make Szczawnica one of the most attractive tourist spots in Poland.
The greatest attraction of the Szczawnica region is rafting down the Dunajec river, which starts from a berth in Kąty. Once, rafts used to transport goods down the river, today they take tourists for an amazing journey. The trail is as long as 18 kilometres, even though the distance between the starting point and the final destination in Szczawnica is only 6 kilometres as the crow flies. Vertically, rafters travel the distance of 36 metres. Depending on the river conditions, rafting takes 2 to 3 hours. Most of the trail goes along the neutral section of the Dunajec flowing between Poland and Slovakia. It also runs across the Pieniny National Park.
It is a comparatively small mountain range if you think about its height and surface it covers but it boasts amazing views and unique cultural and natural diversity. The local landscape is a patchwork of blended natural and man-made fragments. What deserves you particular attention in that region are three summits: Trzy Korony, Zamkowa Góra and Sokolica.
Cracow's neighbour, Wieliczka, spans over 13.4 square kilometres. It boasts a salt mine named after the town. Visited by over a million of tourists from all over the world, the mine is one of the most precious historic places in Poland, both owing to its material and emotional value. This world-renowned attraction was put on UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites as one of the first twelve places.
Cracow is a city in the southern Poland and a place where authorities of the Małopolska region reside. It is the second biggest city if you think about the number of residents and the area it encompasses. It lies on the Vistula river and stretches onto regions of Brama Krakowska, Niecka Nidziańska and Pogórze Zachodniobeskidzkie. With history going more than a thousand years back, Cracow is one of the oldest Polish cities and it features plenty of architectural jewels. Also many cultural institutions and establishments collecting valuable relics operate in the city. Visiting Cracow, you cannot overlook the Old Town, the Cloth Hall and the Wawel castle.
Zakopane nestles at the feet of the Tatra mountains, 800-1000 metres above sea level. It looks up at two nearby summits: Gubałówka, 1123 m and Giewont, 1909 m. It is the most famous tourist and holiday destination in Poland, a winter sports hub and a starting point for hikers heading for the Tatras' summits. Set up at the beginning of the 17th century, the town is the biggest urban centre being that close to the Tatras. The boundaries of Zakopane encompass a part of the Tatra National Park lying between two valleys: Dolina Suchej Wody and Dolina Małej Łąki. Each year, the town attracts around 2-3 million of tourists. Among the most popular tourist spots, you will find Kasprowy Wierch (a summit), Morskie Oko (the biggest lake of the Tatras) and Krupówki street offering many attractions.
Owing to the abundance of diverse specimen and nature untouched by human hands, the Bieszczady mountain range is considered one of the wildest regions of Poland. Walk along the picturesque routes, drink water flowing out of rocks and breath in crystal clear air to relish the taste of the place, which grows more intense each time you come back. All the time, this magic place attracts more and more tourists. The Bieszczady region boasts high quality of tourism services and it keeps improving and diversifying them, at the same time causing no harm to the wildlife habitat. The latter is protected in multiple ways, among others, by established protected areas: the Bieszczady National Park, two landscape parks and many reserves, which care not only for flora of the region but also for animals.
Wooden Architecture Route comprises 253 most treasured and most interesting historic wooden buildings of the Małopolska region. Along the trail you will find items of folk culture legacy: beautiful Catholic and Orthodox churches, tall bell towers, Old Polish manor houses, wooden villas and heritage parks. Wooden Architecture Route was created in 2001 by the authorities of the Małopolska region. Shortly after the conception was developed and partnership with neighbouring regions establishing cooperation on expansion of the route was created, the trail was properly marked. In 2003 four wooden churches of Małopolska were put on UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. Those were: the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Binarowa, the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Dębno Podhalańskie, St Leonard's Church in Lipnica Murowana and the Church of St Philip and St Jacob in Sękowa. Ten years later, four Orthodox churches of the route were added to the UNESCO List: the Church of St Jacob the Younger in Powroźnik, the Church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Owczary, the Church of St Paraskevi in Kwiatoń and the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Brunary Wyżne. In 2008 the information boards were updated.