Cycling routes: Pieniny National Park
Pieniny National Park is located on the border of Poland and Slovakia. Its main attraction is Three Crowns Massif (982 meters). At the top of the highest peak there is an view point with stunning views of the Pieniny, the valley and even the Tatras.
The Pieniny National Park is crossed by the Dunajec River, along which the Velo Dunajec cycle route runs. This route is only a small part of it.
Our route starts in the village of Sromowce Niżne. If you come by car, it is most convenient to park in the church parking lot, as it is located near the cycle track. Here, along the middle of the Dunajec River, the border between Poland and Slovakia runs. The village on the opposite bank is already slovakian Červený Kláštor.
Poland and Slovakia are connected here by a beautiful cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. It offers a great view of both Mt Three Crowns and the Tatras.
The cycling trail through the Pieniny National Park starts in the slovakian village Červený Kláštor and ends in the Polish town Szczawnica.
The one-way route is 11 kilometres. The route is quite simple with small slopes and descents. And the main thing is that it always runs along the river with picturesque views of the rocks.
At the beginning and end of the route there are small sections of paved road, but mainly gravel road.
One of the most popular activities here is river rafting on traditional rafts or kayaks. A rafting trip lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours. Passengers sit on benches and the raft is run by a man in national clothes - Gorals. He controls the raft by pushing a big stick from the bottom of the river.
В Пенинском Национальном Парке много уникальный растений и насекомых. Если вам это интересно, то почитайте о них подробней тут.
The end point of the route - Szczawnica, a small spa town. Here you can find drinking springs, thermal baths and spas. If you have some free time, be sure to walk around the town, enjoy the wooden architecture of the town and drink water from the springs.
At first it looks like it'll be boring to go back, because you've already seen everything. But in fact, from a new perspective and in the evening light everything seems new and very beautiful.