Zakopane – Poland’s Hidden Gem of Europe

Zakopane - Poland's Hidden GemWhen it comes to choosing a holiday destination, no matter what time of year or what activity you want to do there are hundreds of choices. But popular among local ski-enthusiasts, Zakopane – Poland is now gaining prominence as an international ski destination. Amazing mountain landscapes and wild nature attract thousands of tourists to visit Zakopane every year.

Zakopane is known locally as Poland’s winter sports capital due to the variety of ski slopes, the World Cup Ski Jump in Zakopane, ice rinks and plenty of apres ski activity options. Zakopane is an emerging skiing hot spot that also offers great value for money as Poland is a cheap travel spot and the stunning scenery of Zakopane adds to the attraction of the country. Travelers looking for a little respite from skiing and hiking may wish to explore some of the other attractions and sights the city has to offer. Zakopane is home to many museums, a legacy of its status as Poland’s cultural capital in the 19th century.

Zakopane is located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in Southern Poland and is visited annually by around three million tourists. It is regarded as Poland’s winter sports capital and is a popular destination for both mountaineering and skiing. Zakopane is just 108 km away from the nearest international airport in Krakow making it easily accessible from around Europe with flights offered by most of the low cost airlines. Zakopane is a surprisingly large mountain town, there are literally hundreds of places to stay and lots of small ski areas dotted around for your skiing or snowboarding.

Zakopane hostels are smart and comfortable and are located close to the ski slopes. Accommodation wise you can choose to stay in any kind of accommodation in Zakopane from budget self catered rooms to luxury 5 star hotels. Zakopane really is a holiday destination worth a visit, as you can see it offers more than just a cheap Eastern European holiday. The main street in the centre of Zakopane is called The Krupowki, where you will find everything from small local markets; Zakopane really does cater for everybody. Local restaurants serve up cheeses, meats, fish and numerous hearty meals, which will keep you well fed throughout your holiday. Bars and clubs are numerous in the city, combining traditional music and dance with local cuisine as well as a number of spas, pools and places to relax.

If you are planning a trip it would be best to ski holiday in Zakopane because the variety of activities on offer, the scenery, the amazing food, the local people and the way of life still upheld by many locals will make holiday to Zakopane an unforgettable experience.

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