SK, Orava Region: Weekend Full of Experiences
The ski season is on and this year’s winter is not only rich on snow but also many beautiful sunny days. So as soon as we had a free weekend we moved off to nature at least for few days. Our steps led to Orava, one of the most beautiful regions in Slovakia.
We packed our things already on Thursday evening so we would be ready to go before traffic jams on roads out of Bratislava. We enjoyed our journey on the D1 highway to Žilina. Despite the fact it was little snowing a road after we got off the highway was well-maintained (not usual for Slovakia) and we found ourselves in the town of Zuberec in Podroháčská koliba.
Skiing at Zuberec
Due to the fact we had no booked accommodation our steps led first to an Infocenter. Despite the season is at its peak you can easily find accommodation in Zuberec and so we found a cozy and affordable room. Since we had already eaten in a shepherd’s hut we were ready to change our clothes and impatiently wait at the bottom of a ski slope few minutes before night skiing begin. We drank a glass of mulled wine in a snack bar by a ski tow. Right after maintenance of a ski slope a ski tow launched use it to get us up. Right in Zuberec there are two ski resorts (Janovky and Milotín). Both offer both day as well as evening skiing. The slopes at Zuberec are not steep so they are suitable mostly for families with kids and weekend skiers. Snowboarders also like local slopes. We had splendid ride there, there were only few people and there were almost no queues at the ski tow. In the night we were so tired we just fell to bed and fell asleep right away.
Ski hiking to an open folk museum
In the morning we a sun woke us with its rays that were shining through a curtain. It was beautiful outside. We lend cross-country skis from our friends and moved off to our first ever ski-country journey after our breakfast. Zuberec, surroundings and the whole region of Orava is just cross-country ski paradise. In fact, this sport that combines active relax with enjoying beautiful nature much more difficult than it seems. As our goal we picked the Museum of Orava Village Zuberec - Brestová , that is situated not far from the town. The road took us more time than we planned and we were not as skilled as we had thought of ourselves before we moved off, cross-country skiing was obviously not in our blood. Eventually, we reached our goal, tied, sweaty but happy that we did it. I recommend to all enthusiastic beginners to choose shorter route for their first time. In a shepherd’s hut in front of the Museum of Orava Village we had a great lunch, we had a rest for a while and then we enjoyed a walk in snowy open-folk museum. Houses hidden under snow looked like in fairytale. Because I forgot to pack my camera in the morning, I will show you at least some summer photos of this interesting museum. We almost barely managed to crawl back to our room. It was a long time since we were so exhausted. Quick supper, hot bath and finally deserved sleep. A sun woke us again. The weather was great.
From a slope right into a p
We rather didn’t even looked at cross-country skis that day. We threw our snowboards to our car after the breakfast and we packed also swimsuits and set out to Zverovka. Our journey was longer thanks to a “skillful” Pole". Apparently he didn’t realize a road is covered with road salting however, there was minus temperature outside so a layer of snow could froze on a road. Right behind the village we had to call for help for him. He didn’t make it through a curve and he ended in a snowdrift and was unable to get from there by himself. Our help to him was also without any positive result. Luckily, we had a number on our landlady,, her husband came there right away by his tractor to help. It is true what they say about big hearts of Oravian people. You don’t see such helpfulness so often.
We enjoyed riding on snowboard at Zverovka – Spálená really very much. Well-maintained ski slopes are completed with four-seats cableway, good meals at a buffet and clean social facilities. This proved that even in Slovakia you can have great skiing experience. Winter sports are becoming more and more popular and during winter season to our pleasure there are many large competitions in skiing, skating or cross-country skiing. If you would like to make some bets you can visit bwin website where the most popular are bwin odds in hockey . You can find there more than thirty thousand bets daily! Except for skiers and snowboarders many alpine mountaineers enjoyed the beauty and peace of the West Tatra Mountains . Once I thought we had to try this sport however, when I consider how cross-country skiing exhausted me, I think I have to get some endurance first.
After a whole-day fun, we moved by our car to close relax resort Oravice. It is known not only for its thermal spring, but also its aqua park and close ski resort. In winter one can easily move from a ski slope to a pool. Relaxing in warm water was splendid not only for our exhausted body but also soul. After we had heated in the pool we had a roll in snow. It was an amazing experience for me. Even this day in Orava we enjoyed. In the evening, a long road home was ahead, however, I slept it through. Weekend relax in Orava was simply amazing.
Text a foto: PR, O. Maňáková
This time we go to Dolny Kubin, a district in Orava region. We decided to see some beautiful villages which are significant for their sights, important historic figures, or are simply great places to start a tour into the surroundings.
One sunny day we came to a decision that we need to get out of summer heat in the city. We packed our things and left Bratislava for north of the country, for Orava. As we are not particularly physically fit and we did not want to visit many tourist we chose Prislop saddle to be the destination.
The Western Tatras is very popular and frequented mountain range. Treks here, the main ridge especially, are amazing and people who go there long remember it. Ostry Rohac is perhaps the most attractive and most well known peak in this area. Many tourists hike across it every year.
Autumn is the most colorful season of the year and the best for tourism. You need to count on early sunsets but the sun is not so hot. Therefore, we decided to go up into the mountains.
Last week we visited the quiant village of Lestiny. The village boasts a UNESCO sight. However, today we move about one kilometer to Vysny Kubin, a village in Orava region.
We conclude our tour in Orava in Jasenova village which is situated in a small basin close to Vysny Kubin. Among its buildings you can get glimpses of distant past as you may find here some unique historic landmarks. We are going to tell you more about them on the following lines.
Orava Castle, is one of Slovakian icons, is known by almost everyone, but only a few know about the remarkable village below. Oravský Podzámok is not only the gateway to one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia, but also offers a number of interesting architectural gems and attractions.
Last week we went together on an excursion to the parish church which we left for the House of Culture. This beautiful and modern building offers spaces for cultural events, concerts or discussions.
Last week we learned the history of the privileged Orava town of Trstena, and today we will do some sightseeing for we will visit sacral buildings, architectural treasures and modern sights. We will even take you to one beautiful place of pilgrimage.
We recently visited a charming Orava town near the Polish border. In the upper part of the Orava Basin, in the valley of the Oravice River, lies the village of Trstená, which pleasantly surprised us with its many unique monuments, interesting history, remarkable personalities and a kind of uplifting atmosphere.
Our steps today head to Horna Orava, to a small swamp lake that is of large cultural and natural importance.
Today, our steps will lead to the north of Slovakia. We will visit spectacular Orava region, where we visit the unique technical monument – Orava Forest Railroad.
Although winter for us this year is very generous in terms of snow, completely free of snow, we're just left. Although not all ski resorts have sufficient snowy, winter sports enthusiasts will certainly come into their own, mainly thanks to artificial snow.
Do you belong among winter sports lovers? Also, you can not imagine a winter holiday without a good snow and well-maintained slopes? Although, I have to admit that in recent years we go with a group on skiing for one week. Usually, we go abroad, but the Slovak mountains, we did not forgot about. My favorite places have been for years the Kysuce and Orava regions.
Today, on our travels across Slovakia we visit Malatina, a picturesque town between Orava and Liptov. Beautiful nature, quite surroundings, huge mountains. This all make from this place an ideal destination for tourists, bike riders and those who like rest in nature.
Few weeks ago there was an interesting event in picturesque Hrustin, a town in Orava, called the Hrustinska Prevodovka, which we didn’t want to miss. What we have seen and experienced will be revealed on the lines below.
Infoglobe, a traveller’s website will introduce you today a bilingual book by Gabriela Levicka I Will Show You Slovakia. You have a chance to win this book at our photo contest at the Slovak section of our website.
In today article we will take you to the picturesque Oravian town of Hruštín. There is unique architecture, interesting dialect, many sport attractions and last, but not least, also beautiful nature of the Central Beskydy.
Not far away from Liptovský Hrádok is situated the newest and the most visited nature museum in Slovakia – Liptov Village Museum in Pribylina. We have already written something about this museum, however, we will look more in detail on its static exposition of a former Povážská Forest Railroad (Považská lesná železnica).
Slovakia is a picturesque country. It has beautiful nature as well as beautiful technical sights. Today we visit such a combination of nature with the art of men. We visit Kvacianska valley. There is a unique complex of water mills. There are the top tourist attractions in the region.
In the midst of summer we spent a couple of days in the Oravian village of Oravska Lesna. It is surrounded by beautiful nature of Slovakian Beskydy and Oravska Magura.
Today we visit the Orava region to Klin town (near the district town of Namestovo). A projection that split two rivers gave the village its name. It is an ideal place to start your trips to the surroundings. Nevertheless, the village is also an interesting place on its own.
One of the Slovakia’s most beautiful villages is Cicmany. There widely popular for their wooden houses with typical white ornaments that look like embroidery. There is much more Cicmany can offer to local visitors as well as those coming from afar.
Picturesque Oravian town of Hrustin is located in the middle between Namestov and Dolni Kubin. Our loyal readers truly know it very well.
Peculiar region of Orava is one the most beautiful places in Slovakia. Regardless season you happen to be there, or weather, it will pleasantly surprise you. This time was no different. Again, we were taken away by it.
On the shore of the Orava dam a district town of Namestovo is located. I ti surrounded by beautiful hills of Oravska Magura and Podbeskydska Highlands. Thanks to its location and picturesque nature around (which is part of Horna Orava Protected Natural Reservation) this town became a center of local culture and tourism.
Unique region of Orava is one of the most beautiful yet most unwelcoming in Slovakia. We have visited it for many times in the past. This time we didn’t walk around there but we mounted our bikes, tested our skills, and enjoyed beautiful bike trip.
I am really getting into mountain biking. There was a time I couldn’t even imagine that I would ride across mountain ridges. Even getting across it on foot was difficult. I thought I would give up right below the peak for many times. Today, I am realizing that I might be an enthusiastic mountain biker.
We started our autumn bike trip in unusual town of Oravska Lesna. First break was in the Oravska forest railroad station – Tanecnik. We climbed up the steep hill to a crossroad on the ridge. We continued from there to Sedlo Beskyd station. There we went into the observation platform. Today we go along the ridge one more time to see a beautiful chapel, our last stop.
If you will travel through north road-line from west to the east of Slovakia (or vice versa) and will not be in a hurry, and would like to reflect on, which sightseeings will be worth to visit (or where you wish to have a rest for relax), so we have one reference for you: would you leave the highway at exit Liptovsky Hrádok and drive in direction to Pribylina.
In the fourth part of our series about the safety on the mountains, we focus on morphologically related to mountains, and therefore we will focus on the Western and low Tatra. Their bedrock consists mainly of alumina surface, but not only part of Roháče and the section of Ďumbier - Chopok.
In the fifth part of series about the safety of the mountains we will talk about the basic rules of movement and behavior the Western and Low Tatra area in summer. Summer tourism in our area is very popular activity. That is why, in terms of injuries, are among the busiest period of rescuers.
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