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Zawoja (Poland)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
90 minutes from Kraków by car
When to go
All year round, with April to October offering the best weather for hiking
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Zawoja

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Sitting just next to the Babia Góra massif in the Beskids Mountains, Zawoja is an old-fashioned and typically Polish rural village located in the country's Carpathians region. With its traditional wooden buildings and its local festivals, and the easy access it offers to the mountains, it makes for a very pleasant and enjoyable place to visit.

My suggestion:
Go hiking in Babia Góra National Park. The park's visitor centre, located in Zawoja, offers maps, advice and walking guides for those planning to go hiking in these beautiful mountains, with their bare, treeless summits.
My review

What makes Zawoja a very pleasant destination is the natural environment in which it's located. Spacious, green and verdant, and set in a landscape of grasslands and conifer forests, the village of Zawoja has all the attractive features so typical of the Carpathians. Its numerous wooden houses – of a type traditional to the Beskids Mountains region – blend harmoniously and unobtrusively into the local landscape.

The village church, dedicated to Saint Clement, is a simple, elegant wooden construction of the kind only the Carpathians know how to build. Wandering around Zawoja, exploring its little hamlets and walking the local hills, is a very pleasant, enjoyable experience.

Zawoja serves primarily, of course, as a good base from which to climb the Babia Góra massif, which has such beautiful hiking trails to offer. And when you return from the mountains, once evening has fallen, you're absolutely guaranteed a warm, friendly, sociable atmosphere and delicious, succulent local specialities at the village's karczma – the rustic hostels common to the Carpathians.

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