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

The most beautiful spots in the Low Beskids

 

One of the unique places of this region is the Magura National Park in Krempna. It is mostly covered with forests, which makes it the most forested national park in Poland. There are three areas of strict protection in the park: Magura Wątkowska, Kamień, and Zimna Woda. Therefore, if your natural environment is forest, and hugging trees during your walks is your thing - be sure to plan a visit to the Magura National Park. If you are lucky, you will meet and hear its symbol here - the lesser spotted eagle.

 

In the northern part of the park, there is the Main Beskid Trail, which, depending on the direction, will lead you to Ustroń in the Silesian Beskids or Wołosate in the Bieszczady Mountains. Following the black trail, on the slope of Mount Kosma, you will come across the Diabli Kamień nature monument, and its long legend with a devilish accent - it is surely worth learning it already during the trip. However, there is much more to discover in the recesses of the dense forest. You can find the largest waterfall of the Low Beskid here - nearly 7-meter high Magurski Waterfall. You can easily find it if you follow the numerous signs on the trails. The observation tower on Cergowa and the Wysokie peak, where you can admire the Beskid valleys stretching down below, await those who are eager for breathtaking landscapes.

 

If you make a break from hiking, make sure to visit the Educational Center of the Magura National Park, and see the exhibition hall and a multimedia show presenting the nature of the park during all four seasons of the year. During your visit, you will learn about all the species characteristic of the region, and the history of the formation of the Carpathian flysch over millions of years, i.e. of the layers of alternating sedimentary rocks that have certainly caught your attention while hiking in the park.

photo by W. Wójcik photo by W. Wójcik
Cergowa, photo Krystian Kłysewicz Cergowa, photo Krystian Kłysewicz

Feel the spirit of the past

 

In the Low Beskids, you will encounter many villages abandoned by their inhabitants - Lemkos. It is associated with the turbulent history of the region and the forced relocation of the population at the end of World War II. Few of them have returned to their former homes, and the remains of bustling places are a kind of echo of history that you can learn not only from guides and books but also from local residents. Walk in their footsteps, and visit the Lemko villages that no longer exist, including Jasiel, Rudawka Jasielska, Wołtuszowa or Szklary. If you want to learn more about the past life of the indigenous inhabitants of the Low Beskids, make sure to visit the Open-Air Museum of the Łemko Culture in Zyndranowa.  

Along the historical path, equally noteworthy are the churches located along the Wooden Architecture Trail of Subcarpathia, including the church of St.  Michael the Archangel in Świątkowska Wielka with its characteristic green and blue façade.

"Carpathian Troy" Archaeological Open-Air Museum

 

Go on an extraordinary journey into history in one of the oldest settlements in Poland. As you cross the threshold of this facility, you almost go back in time, and the nearly 3-hour sightseeing tour will satisfy your hunger for knowledge about the life of the inhabitants of the Carpathian princely settlement. The "Carpathian Troy" Archaeological Open-Air Museum in Trzcinica is a museum complex with impressive reconstructions of ramparts and villages from the Bronze Age and the early Middle Ages. You can also find a viewing platform on its premises, and admire the picturesque areas of the Low Beskids. 

Glass Heritage Centre

 

One of the unique attractions is the Glass Heritage Center in Krosno, famous not only in Poland but also globally. This is where you can learn the history of the glass industry and see how various types of artistic and utility products are made of it. And if just watching the shows is not enough for you, you can take an active part in the workshop and create your own glass works of art.

 

Nearby, less than 15 kilometers away from Krosno, you can visit the Museum of Oil and Gas Industry in Bóbrka. Interestingly, it is located on the site of an active oil mine, which is also the oldest mine in the world.

Prządki, photo Grzegorz Gruca Prządki, photo Grzegorz Gruca

During your journey through the Low Beskids, do not forget to visit the surrounding villages and towns rich in numerous monuments and objects that will bring you closer to the history of this region. Make sure to add the following landmarks to your bucket list:

  • Dukla and the historical museum in the Mniszech Palace, where you will see the exhibition presenting the Dukla battle and the Bernardine Monastery with the relics of St. John of Dukla.
  • Czarnorzeki with Kamieniec Castle, and the Prządki rock reserve.
  • Żarnowiec with a charming manor house of Maria Konopnicka, which is currently the seat of the museum.
  • Kombornia and the manor house from the mid-17th century, which now houses the hotel - surrounded by a beautiful garden with the Carpathian Wine Salon in its cellars, where you can taste unique wine from the Carpathian region.
  • Spa towns, including Rymanów-Zdrój, Iwonicz-Zdrój.

 

If you want to relax and get closer to the nature and the cultural heritage of your ancestors, and at the same time avoid places crowded with tourists, the Low Beskids will certainly steal your heart.

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