After a short break yet again we went for a walk the Small Carpathian Mountains. This time we visited Hlbocianska valley near he town of Smolenice.
It is not necessary to reintroduce you the town of Smolenice. Should you to learn more about it, or just revisit Smolenic and its surroundings just read THIS interesting article.
This time we traveled there by bus. It took us ride to the town center. We stepped of the bus at the municipality. From there, we followed the blued tourist trail going to the Protected Nature Reservation of Hlbocianska Valley (the valley of Hlboc). The nature was still of grey-brown color, without snow yet with the signs of upcoming spring. The hike to our destination didn’t take long. The interesting fact about the chosen destination is that it shows its beauty only sometimes. So what was where we had decide to go? The Hlbociansky waterfall, that’s what it was.
This unusual wonder of nature is the only waterfall in the Small Carpathian Mountain range. Sometimes it is voluminous and full of force yet on the other occasions it is narrow, almost with no water. Therefore, we recommend you to visit it just these days when the snow melts and there is enough of water. Hlbociansky waterfall is also referred to as Padla Voda. It is 9 meters high. Above it, water vortex of up to 1.5 meters in diameter could be seen. It is also the evidence of water erosion.
The waterfall belongs to the Smolenicky Karst . The most typical form there is the 100 meter deep Hlbocianska valley. On its edge is the aforementioned waterfall. In the present, the creeks running through the valley are being used for drinking water. Hlbocianska valley is the only karst valley in the Small Carpathians. Should we get back to the waterfall in the future, there is possibility to see the limestone wall which is 145 million years old, being one of the few in Slovakia. This would date its origin to the turn of the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages. Traces of water below the waterfall get lost in the underground only to emerge near Smilenice. This means there are ideal conditions for cave forming . This is partially confirmed by the availability of the Driny came in the Small Carpathians . The nature trail of Smolenicky Karst led us there. In the past, we enjoyed it with a tour guide accompanying us.
This nature trail begins in the resort area of Jahodnik and ends at the Vrtich’s quarry, at the edge of Smolenice town. We walked through it the other way round. However, it didn’t take anything from its beauty. On shy 4.5 km there are 8 information boards. Well 9 actually. We omitted one of them somehow. We finished the trail with no problems. With new knowledge we returned to the town center and then back home.
Anyway, we only have to recommend you to visit this beautiful valley with even more beautiful waterfall.
If you like tourism and beautiful trips come and join us for one easy walk to the Small Carpathian mountains. We start at Plavecky Mikulas village. There are several marked tourist trails going on into the landscape.
You may go into the Small Carpathians anytime of the year. Tourist trails will lead you to interesting places. In this article, we tell you about one of possible hikes in winter hikes up Skalnata, one of the seven-hundred-meter peaks in this mountain range.
At the end of winter we set off to see the Natural Reservation of Rostun, in the Small Carpathian Mountain. We entered through the town of Plavecke Podhradi. All what we have seen is on the lines below.
Slovakia is a country that is rich in castles, chateaus, and small castles. We could count hundreds of them here. We planned couple of trips for our free time. One of them took us back in time to the middle ages. We saw mysterious Cachticky castle.
The ruin of Ostry Kamen castle stood once as a guardian of the so called Bohemian Road. The ruin is near Bukova, Trnava country. Its history isn’t as deep and as rich as in case of other castles nevertheless it is a popular place for tourists to see. And we went there as well.
Last week we made a tour from Dechtice to the church and monastery of St Catherine. This nice stroll inspired us to make another trip – this time to Dobra Voda town, couple of kilometers away. The town boasts with a beautiful ruin of a castle and Jan Holly.
Today, we travel to the region of Zahori. There we visit the town of Holic which holds a unique Baroque/classicist chateau, megaliths, and last but not least a windmill, our main destination for today.
In our today’s journey across Slovakia we visit a remarkable ruin located in the region of Trnava only 3 kilometers from Dechtice. People call it Katarinka yet its official name is church and monastery of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Since the time immemorial people were attracted to high places so they can have a view over surrounding landscape. Observation towers emerged quickly in central Europe, mostly in the second half of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. There are countless towers in Slovakia and it can be claimed some more will be constructed every year.
Many interesting places not frequented by holidaymakers are in the Small Carpathians. These are mostly hills with beautiful vistas to the surroundings that lure tourists to climb them. Vapenna Hill is one of the three highest peaks in the Small Carpathians and it offers beautiful vistas as well.
The Small Carpathian Mountains are not the highest mountain range in Slovakia. Nevertheless, they have a lot to offer. There are many interesting and picturesque nooks. From some peaks there are magnificent views of the landscape. However, the visitor will be enchanted by deep forests, caves, or many rock formations along the ridges.
As every mountain range, even Small Carpathians has its dominant peaks. They are above the surrounding lands. Peaks of these several giants make characteristic panorama of the Small Carpathians. They create visible dominants, they are orientation spots and give beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. One of these impressive titans of the Small Carpathians is Vysoka.
Between Devín, Nova Ves of Devín a Dubravka is a unique national nature reserve Devín Kobyla (mare). What distinguishes this from other reservations, and why it is renowned as the best tourist know it? All this we will talk on these lines.