Carpathian Mountains

Embrace the supreme natural wonders.

The Carpathians in Poland spread across the south of the country and include the ranges of Tatras, Pieninys and Bieszczadys amongst others. Wherever you go, you'll be captivated by the sheer beauty of the natural backdrop and panoramic views of dramatic peaks that surround you.

The Tatras are perhaps the best known out of all - for centuries serving as an inspiration to country’s most notable poets and painters or more recently triggering the nation’s obsession with ski jumping. And if you want to avoid the Disney like folklore of the town of Zakopane we know where to go for the low key peaceful experience. Think fairytale wooden chalets with a crackling fire on a snowy day.

For the unspoilt landscape and ultimate 'off the beaten track' experience head to Bieszczady - thick pristine forests are a perfect backdrop for endless hikes and outdoors adventures.

No Name Luxury Hotel & SPA

Spisz, near Białka Tatrzańska

Double rooms from 336 zł

EAT

Exploring regional flavours adds wonderful extra understanding and enjoyment of the destination. A trip into the Polish mountains provides a chance to indulge in some of the richest and most delicious foods found in the region. From mouth-watering cheeses of Podhale (look out for oscypek and bundz) served with cranberry sauce, through moskole (type of potato pancake served with garlic butter) to fresh water trouts and kwasnica (sauerkraut soup) the cuisine is definitely worth savouring.

Gęś w Dymie
ul. Laskowa 679, 34-602 Laskowa, tel. +48 538 012 068

In the small village of Laskowa, at the foot of the Beskid Wyspowy, there is a restaurant run by real enthusiasts. They turn high-quality products into brilliant flavour combinations and dishes that become a real feast for the palate. Their locally sourced seasonal menu is famous for its outstandingly prepared snails, ducks, geese and steaks. www.facebook.com/geswdymie

Restauracja Zakopiańska
ul. Jagiellońska 18, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. +48 18 533 03 63

Zakopiańska skillfully combines traditional highlander cuisine with modern culinary trends. Think black pudding bon bons, creamy beetroot soup with goat’s cheese, apple and cinnamon or Bryndza cheese stuffed pierogi (dumplings) with red pine mushrooms. Friendly service and beautifully designed interiors create an excellent atmosphere, and the location away from touristy Krupówki is just an added bonus. restauracjazakopianska.pl

Mała Szwajcaria - Little Switzerland
ul. Zamoyskiego 11, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. +48 18 201 20 76

Set back from the crowded pedestrianised area is this friendly eatery with plenty of nice food on offer and cozy alfresco dining garden. There is a good selection on the menu, with fusion of Swiss and local dishes alike there is enough to please everyone. malaszwajcaria.pl

STRH Cafe & Gallery
ul.Krupówki 4a, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. +48 18 200 18 98

In the very heart of busy Krupówki, yet cleverly hidden on the 3rd floor is this cafe and bistro with delicious food, great coffee and a wonderful viewing terrace. This is the place to be for anyone design conscious with appreciation for minimalist scandi style interiors. www.facebook.com/strhcafeandgallery

Leśniczówka u Zięby
306 Dolina Chochołowska, 34 - 512 Witów, tel. +48 606 63 87 93

Polish dumplings (pierogi), schnitzels (kotlety), sour rye soup (żurek) and other regional dishes, in a beautiful original setting.www.lesniczowka.pl

DRINK

Litworówka
U Bafii, ul. Tatrzańska 90, 34-520 Poronin, tel. +48 18 20 75051

Is a local Podhalan liqueur produced with rare angelica plant found in the Tatras. It is traditionally made according to old Polish highlander recipes and characterised by a unique spicy aroma enriched with the taste of honey.www.nalewkatatrzanska.pl

Bacówka Baligówka
Tetmajera 17a, 34470 Czarny Dunajec

A fabulous small mountain hut producing żętyca - a drink made of sheep milk whey similar to kefir and a must for a unique local experience.

STRH Cafe & Gallery
ul.Krupówki 4a, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. 18 200 18 98

The mentioned above STRH Cafe & Gallery is not only a perfect place for a light bite with your coffee but also serves a great selection of craft beers. With stunning mountain views and beautifully designed scandi interiors it makes for a great holiday chillout. www.facebook.com/strhcafeandgallery

La Mano
ul. W. Orkana 1F, 34-500 Zakopane

A great spot for a coffee and cake in Zakopane with beautifully stylish interior and great service. The unique atmosphere and location off the beaten track from Krupówki just add to its charm. https://www.facebook.com/lamanozakopane

Winnica Zadora
Szczepanowice 215, 33-114 Rzuchowa, tel. 502-714-696

A small family run winery, produces award winning Polish wines. mtskrzyp.wordpress.com

Chata Wędrowca
Wetlina 113, 38-608 Wetlina, tel. 500 225 533

Serves a wide range of craft beers from Slovakia and Czech Republic. chatawedrowca.pl

VISIT

Museum of Folk Architecture
ul. Rybickiego 3, 38-500 Sanok, tel. 13 463 16 72

The so called Etnographic Park is beautifully set on the banks of river San and at the foot of the mountains, making it one of the most picturesque open air museums in Europe. The museum boasts the finest examples of wooden architecture, some dating back to the 17th century, including wooden structures from the Russo-Polish borderland presented in historical village landscaping. www.skansen.sanok.pl

Muzeum Tatrzańskie
ul. Krupówki 10, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. 18 20 152 05

The building itself at Krupowki Street is a valuable monument of architecture in the Zakopane style, inside the museum pays tribute to a rich history of the region, the natural beauty of Tatras and Podhale and its ethnographic heritage.www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl

Karol Szymanowski's Muesum
ul. Kasprusie 19, 34-500 Zakopane, tel. 18 202 00 40

The legendary Atma is an example of Zakopane style, introduced into architecture by Stanislaw Witkiewicz. The museum is housed on the ground floor of the villa and with plenty of interactive elements tells about the life and work of the composer. www.muzeum.krakow.pl

Termy Chochołowskie
Chochołów 400, 34-513 Chochołów, tel. 781 300 301

In the picture perfect town of Chochołów, at the foot of the Western Tatras, a modern thermal baths complex was created. It’s a great place for the whole family to enjoy with a selection of indoor and outdoor pools, spa and dedicated kids area all unified by healing properties of the therapeutic waters. www.chocholowskietermy.pl

Niedzica Castle
Zamek 1, Niedzica, tel. 18 262 94 89

The beautifully located mountain fortress was erected at an altitude on the side of Lake Czorsztyn. The castle dates back to 1326 yet the current structure consists of the Renaissance lower castle and the Gothic upper castle. It is known as one of the most picturesque castles in the country and served as a setting for many films and television series. www.zamek-w-niedzicy.pl

Czorsztyn

Is a picturesque village situated on the border of the Pieniny mountain range. For years it has impressed visitors with a charming lake, the ruins of the castle and the dam on the Dunajec River.

BUY

Viata Design Zakopane

A great modern lifestyle store with beautifully designed items from clothing and accessories to soft furnishings and lighting, many by local designers. We particularly love the glass jar terrarium gardens (by Kolorowy Las) and a range of modern lights (by Lompki). www.facebook.com/VIATA-design-1849290958734759

Woodwork

Woodwork is a one man show by a talented woodturner Jan Krzysztof. His work includes many utility items and everyday objects such as rustic wooden bowls, pine vases, ash coffee tables and chunky chopping boards, he also dives into strictly artistic products such as sculptures and other unique items.www.facebook.com/woodworkJK

Tatrica Design

Interior design studio and shop with handcrafted and design items in modern minimalist highlander style. Furniture, lamps and accessories are often bespoke pieces and can be made to order. www.facebook.com/tatrica

Leather and metal workshop
Anna i Jan Gracjasz, ul. Wierch Rusiński 37a, Bukowina Tatrzańska, tel. 18 20 777 99

The small workshop uses leather and metal to manufacture a wide range of goods such as beautiful footwear, locally inspired belts, cufflinks, leather-bound memorial albums and even shiny swards.

Furniture with Highlander Spirit
Nowe Bystre 119, 34-521 Ząb, tel. 602 588 811

Carpenter master Janusz Stopka-Karolow learned art from the best, and the inspiration draws from the richness of the Podhale nature. From a selection of table and chairs, beds, wordrobes to smaller pieces each one is uniquely designed and quality built. www.meble-goralskie.pl

Chata na Szańcach
Koniaków 662, 43-474 Koniaków, tel. 33 855 70 70

The picturesque Regional Art Gallery presents a wide cross section of the artists of the Beskidy Trinity. Kanioków is famed for its lace manufacturing and unsurprisingly there is a big variety here, you can also choose from a selection of sculptures, paintings, graphics, painted glass and carpentry.www.chatanaszancach.fm.interia.pl