Roztocze

Among the greenery of thick forests, the murmur of streams and other sounds of nature - time passes quietly and peacefully here. Walking along numerous hiking trails in this charming corner of Podkarpacie one can experience the closeness of nature with almost all senses.

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ROZTOCZE

 

Roztocze is an exceptionally captivating land where time flows slower and everyday thoughts disappear among the green fields stretching on its hills. It has all we might expect from an ideal place to relax - beautiful landscapes and clean air, longed-for tranquillity, and the cultural richness of little towns.

 

This idyllic corner is a clearly outlined embankment of hills across the Lublin and Volyn Uplands and the Sandomierz and Transnistrian Basin. It stretches from Kraśnik in the northwest to Lviv in Ukraine. The Subcarpathian area is a part of the Central and Eastern Roztocze in the north-eastern area of the voivodeship.

 

Picturesque views of the gentle hills of Roztocze will delight you at first sight.

 

Forget the daily routine and set off on a journey to the amazing land, which is not so distant, yet not fully discovered.

What are the must-see places in Roztocze?

 

Picture-like landscapes certainly encourage paying a visit to Roztocze. Picturesque landscapes are the hallmark of this region. This area is hardly affected by civilization, and when you get there, certainly, you may not want to leave.

 

The omnipresent calmness is the reason why you will fall in love with Roztocze. And certainly, it will be mutual. In fact, this land is waiting to be discovered and delighted from green hills, through small villages to local culture.

 

In 2019, Roztocze was listed among the UNESCO biosphere reserves as transboundary biosphere reserve rich in valuable natural resources. Therefore, start your journey by admiring the Roztocze nature that deserves protection in the South Roztocze Landscape Park.

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While walking among the Carpathian beech forests, you will find a rocky natural monument called the Temple of the Sun, the history of which is a bit mysterious. As the legends say, the ancient rituals in honour of the Slavic god Swarog were to take place here. The Roztocze forests are also home to many protected animals, including the European beaver, lesser spotted eagle, woolly eagle, eagle owl, and Ural owl entered in the register of endangered species. Carefully listen to the sounds of the forest during your hike, and maybe one of them will speak to you in their own language.

 

Hiking in such beautiful scenery makes you want to see more. Therefore, going further, you will come across the Cascades on the Tanew River nature reserve, located in the area of one of the cleanest rivers in Poland.

Following the traces of Roztocze history

 

Following the trails of the Podkarpackie part of Roztocze, you will come across another place inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Plan your trip and make sure to see the building that has survived almost unchanged until the present day. 

 

This building is the Orthodox church in Radruż built at the end of the 16th century. This temple is one of the oldest wooden churches that have survived in the territories of Poland. Its uniqueness is evidenced by the structure itself, the characteristic tent-like roof, defensive character, and the unique history of the sultana associated with the temple. Another landmark worth adding to your bucket list is the wooden church in Nowe Bruśno and the Greek Catholic church in Gorajec.

 

Follow the footsteps of history and visit places where fragments of the Russian fortifications of the Molotov Line have been preserved. They can be found in the vicinity of Cieszanów and on the slopes of Wielki Dział. 

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The villages incorporated into the Roztocze landscape

 

Roztocze is an extremely homogeneous region. Its small villages form a coherent image of the region and constitute an integral part of the landscape. While travelling, take the time to visit the surrounding villages not only to admire nature but also to feel the local atmosphere of small towns in Roztocze.

 

Head to the Borderlands Museum in Lubaczów. As you cross its threshold, you can almost immediately turn back time and get to feel the former atmosphere of this region. Specially arranged interiors, exhibits, and works of art will bring you closer to the culture of Kresy, identified with a mixture of different nationalities.

Continue your journey along the trail of the historic Kresy region and visit Basznia Dolna. This is where Kresowa Osada is located - a unique space for lovers of history and traditional borderland cuisine. The Borderlands Heritage Festival, one of the biggest cultural events in the region, is also held here once a year. Speaking of festivals, be sure to also attend the Borderland Folkowisko Culture Festival in the village of Gorajec.

 

When not exploring the history and past of Roztocze, make sure to visit Horyniec-Zdrój. You can find there a health resort famous for the richest in Poland peloid resources. See the impressive Poniński Family Palace, which now houses the Bajka sanatorium. Admire the building of the Court Theater, pop in the spa church, and visit the baroque complex of the Franciscan monastery. 

 

If the slow-passing time in Roztocze leaves some room for further wandering, make sure to visit the abandoned village of Stare Brusno and its remains of a cemetery with numerous stone tombstones and crosses. In Narol, on the other hand, you will have the opportunity to visit the baroque Łosiów Palace and the French-style terrace garden.

 

Roztocze is waiting for you! Start your journey at an unhurried pace, follow the numerous trails through its hills - on foot, by bike, or by car - and learn about the rich history of the unique land that fascinates anyone.  

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