podkarpackie-kwadratSubcarpathian Voivodeship is located in the south-east of Poland and bordered by Ukraine and Slovakia. This unique location is not its only advantage. Owing to the value of its natural environment, Subcarpathian Voivodeship is among the most popular tourist regions in Poland. It is particularly attractive due to its beautiful landscapes and rich culture. Especially enchanting are Bieszczady Mountains – a European oasis of wild nature attracting crowds of tourists who want to relax in pristine nature.

The area of the region which is under protection exceeds the Polish average by 20 percent. The network of hiking trails in Bieszczady National Park, which is over 130 km long, offers nature lovers excellent conditions to get in close touch with nature. A great number of rare specimens of fauna and flora can be found in Magurski National Park. The protected species inhabiting the region include wolves, bears, lynxes, bisons and beavers, and for that reason the area is ideal for educational trips, photo safaris, and the like.
Apart from the above mentioned national parks in the Subcarpathian region there are also 10 landscape parks, 17 protected landscape areas and 71 nature reserves. Additionally, the growing number of farms offering agritourism, organic food and, first and foremost, wonderful natural conditions, make the region a world class tourist destination.
Subcarpathian Voivodeship is one of the least polluted regions in Poland, with waters of the first class quality. Due to the great variety of mineral water sources in the area, the Voivodeship can pride itself on having many health resorts, such as Iwonicz-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój or Polańczyk. Solina Lake, the biggest artificial lake in Poland, is an excellent place for water sports and sailing. In the region there are also numerous tourist trails intended to encourage tourists to go hiking; the most interesting ones can be found in Bieszczady Mountains. Big areas of the region are also covered with bike paths of various length and difficulty level.

Horse riding tourism is becoming more and more popular in the Voivodeship. There is a number of stud farms offering professional as well as recreational horse riding lessons. The combined length of the trails on which you can ride for a day or longer, amounts to 140 km.

Yet another big attraction of the region are well preserved sacred and secular buildings. The tourist route, which runs through 175 places, includes wooden temples, palaces and manor houses which constitute an inherent element of Polish landscape.

The Lubomirski Family and the Potocki Family castle in Łańcut, (one of the best preserved aristocratic residences in Poland, with a valuable park), as well as the Renaissance palaces in Baranów Sandomierski and Krasiczyn are a must for history fans. Those and other precious architectural monuments in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship are a testimony to its unique cultural and religious diversity.

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