The Low Beskid

Perhaps not everyone knows that in the Podkarpackie region there is a land as magical as Bieszczady. A place with soul and climate. It owes its unique atmosphere among others to former inhabitants of the area, ethnic group of Lemkos. Wandering through its green trails you will certainly not meet crowds. This land is called The Low Beskid.

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The Low Beskid
 
It is a unique region, which you can see for yourself. It attracts those who avoid tourist-crowded resorts. Are you one of those people?

 

The Low Beskid region seems unassuming. However, once you visit it, it will delight you not only with its landscape but also with its extraordinary history. Its area extends from the Łupków Pass in the east to the Tylicka Pass in the west. It is the lowest and at the same time the largest part of the Beskids. 

 

Get ready for a stroll through the gentle hills covered with forests and prick your ears to learn about the turbulent but extremely interesting history of the Low Beskids

ENCHANTING NATURE OF LOWLAND BESKID

The Low Beskids is the wildest mountain range in Poland. The richness and natural peculiarities of this corner have made it home to many protected sites. Among the unique attractions of this land is the Magura National Park. In this most forested park in Poland, as well as in numerous reserves, there are hidden curiosities that will surprise nature enthusiasts! The nearly 200-meter-long Dark Cave in the Kornuty Nature Reserve, nine species of woodpeckers and an exceptionally rare butterfly - Parnassius mnemosyne - are just a few.

Trails in Dukla in the Low Beskid, hiking Trails in Dukla in the Low Beskid, photo by A. Adamek

HIKING THE TRAILS OF THE LOWLAND BESKID

There is a land where you can experience a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, experience tranquility surrounded by nature, and marvel at the beauty of the landscape. A place where the sound of mountain streams, the breeze in the treetops or the singing of birds are not drowned out by crowds of tourists, where even the occasional wanderer will feel the spirit of the mountains. Beskid Niski - a somewhat forgotten mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains that remains in the shadow of the Bieszczady Mountains - is waiting to be discovered.

LOW MOUNTAIN BESKID BY BIKE

One of the many advantages of the Low Beskid is the opportunity to explore virtually all of its corners by bicycle. The lay of the land, with a series of ridges and single humps separated by wide depressions, valleys of rivers and streams, means that everyone will find a route suitable for themselves - including those who, in their bicycle escapades, need the support of the increasingly popular - electric bicycles.

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MAGICAL LAND OF THE LEMKOS - ŁEMKOWYNA

Despite the turmoil of history, there are places in the Low Beskid where the memory of Lemkos remains alive, creating a unique atmosphere of the area. The Low Beskid is a land where, with a little willingness and openness, you have the chance to hear an extraordinary story about the places and people that once inhabited the area in large numbers. Among the picturesque wild landscapes you will encounter traces of a life that has passed, a Lemko heritage that still endures.

Entrance to the UNESCO wooden church in Haczów Entrance to the UNESCO wooden church in Haczów, photo by T. Okoniewski

UNESCO AND WOODEN ARCHITECTURE

Although stone was the promoted building material in the 15th century under Casimir the Great, Subcarpathian master carpenters, developing carpentry craftsmanship, remained faithful to the material, which was abundant in the local forests. Two unique temples - in Haczow and Blizne - were erected using wood marked with the element of life.

BLACK GOLD

Few associate the area of the Beskid Niski with oil mines, yet in the 19th century huge amounts of rock oil - called black gold because of its importance - were mined in the area. Although the days of the former glory of the Beskid mines are long gone, nothing will change the fact that it was in the Low Beskid that the career of oil began.

black gold, Crude oil from the Franek mine Black gold, photo Arch. Museum of the Oil and Gas Industry in Bóbrka

GLASS CRAFT

For decades, local glass has enjoyed enduring popularity at home and abroad. The Krosno glassworks, the oldest and largest plant, won more than 100 prestigious awards, and the products manufactured here are shipped to more than 60 countries. The list of its most famous recipients includes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, King Juan Carlos of Spain and the imperial court of Japan.

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TO LOWLAND BESKID FOR HEALTH AND RELAXATION

Iwonicz-Zdrój and Rymanow-Zdrój are well-known spas in Poland. Located not far from each other, they are undoubtedly distinctive spots in the Low Beskid. Both are health-rich oases surrounded by Carpathian nature. Their microclimate, excellent for the health of the body and spirit, encourages longer stays as well as occasional visits.

JAŚLISKA - POLISH HOLLYWOOD

A small town in the Low Beskid, located near the Polish-Slovakian border, is one of the places on the map of Podkarpacie known for its cinema screen. Jaśliska, as they are referred to, is a popular set for feature films. Coming here is like entering a movie frame.

A complex of wooden buildings in Jaśliska A complex of wooden buildings in Jaśliska, photo by K.Kłysewicz

LAND OF VINEYARDS

The nature, climate, history and traditions of the Low Beskid are conducive to slow tourism. Enotourism fits perfectly into this atmosphere. The Subcarpathian center of winemaking is the area around Jasło and Krosno - ideal places for trips to regional vineyards, tasting unique wines combined with discovering other culinary traditions of the Carpathians.

World War I war cemetery No. 9 World War I war cemetery No. 9, photo by H. Bielamowicz

TRACES OF GREAT WARS

Historical turmoil did not spare the border areas of Poland, including the lands of the Low Beskids. The events of the Great World Wars were particularly severe for these lands and the people living here.

Map of attractions of the Low Beskid

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