Podhale

podhaleAt the foot of the Tatra Mountains is the interesting region of Podhale, whose habitants speak their own dialect and have their own traditions. Podhale is the flat area between the Tatra Mountains and the Gorce mountains, and its main town is Nowy Targ, an old settlement that now serves as a busy commercial centre with few old houses to have survived the turbulence of history.

Beside Nowy Targ, the region has little in the way of urbanization, and there are many interesting small villages hiding surprisingly abundant attractions. Preferred by those looking for holidays off the beaten track, Podhale is a great jumping-off point for travellers who want to explore the Tatra, Gorce or Pieniny mountain ranges.

HOW TO GET THERE 
The main town of Podhale, Nowy Targ, has a good railway connection with Krakow, the journey taking some 3 hours. There are also direct trains to other major cities of Poland, including Warsaw, Zakopane, Poznan, Gdansk, Katowice, and Szczecin. However, it is faster to get to or from Krakow by bus. While travelling by car from Krakow, take the E77 south and in Rabka change to road no. 47. The closest airport is Krakow-Balice. From Nowy Targ you can get to other places in the region by bus. The bus station is situated west of the centre, half an hour on foot from the main market square.

 

A LIST OF HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN POLAND

Beskid Makowski
Beskid Maly
Beskid Mountains (East)
Beskid Mountains (West)
Beskid Niski
Beskid Sadecki
Beskid Slaski
Beskid Wyspowy
Beskid Zywiecki
Bialowieza Forest
Biebrza River
Bieszczady
Bory Tucholskie
Gdansk Bay and Hel Peninsula
Gorce
Greater Poland National Park
Holy Cross Mountains
Ilawa Lakes
Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska
Kampinos & Lowicz area
Karkonosze Mountains
Kaszuby
Kurpie
Lake Zegrze and lower Narew
Lubusz Lakeland
Masuria
Masuria (centre)
Masuria (East)
Narew River
Pieniny
Podhale
Polesie
Pomerania and Slowinski National Park
Roztocze
Sowie and Kamienne Mountains
Stolowe Mountains and Klodzka Land
Suwalki
Tatra Mountains
Vistula Spit and Zulawy Wislane
Warmia
Warsaw area
Western Pomerania