The southern region of Poland, Malopolskie is home to the Polish part of the awe-inspiring Carpathian Mountains which run through parts of Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Romania. The Malopolskie region is stunning to look at, and if you are lucky enough to be staying in Malopolskie accommodation, the scenery and long, turbulent local history cannot fail to inspire and amaze. With an extraordinary climate boasting hot summers and snow filled winters, the Carpathian Mountains in Malopolskie truly are a year round holiday magnet.
The Carpathian Mountains are absolutely breath taking. There are some remarkable walks, hikes and climbs to do in the soaring peaks. The scenery cannot be any more impressive, with rocky crags and sheer drops. Mountaineering and rock climbing holidays are serious business in Malopolskie, with testing and spectacular climbs available for every level of climber. During the winter, Malopolskie accommodation becomes filled with skiers and snowboarders who descend on the region to tackle the snowy slopes of both the Tatra and Carpathian Mountains.
The Ojcowski National Park is a dramatic section of the Carpathian Forest of Malopolskie, containing a varied landscape of 120m deep canyons, limestone cliffs and over 200 caves. The park is not only a wonderful place to walk, cycle and spy nature, but it also holds the ancient castles of Ojcow and Pieskowa Skala, which make delightful day trips from any self catering Malopolskie holiday home.
Holidays to Malopolskie are not all about fearsome scenery and adrenaline fuelled sports pursuits. There is an extraordinary amount of culture here too. The galleries, restaurants, museums, shops and theatres which fill the towns and cities of Malopolskie are world-class, and there are monuments hailing back to eras gone by which spring up across the landscape. Visits to the eerie shell of the Auschwitz concentration camp are easily done from Malopolskie accommodation, as it is located just outside Krakow.
Krakow (Cracow) is Poland’s fourth largest city, and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country, and it is clear to see why. Situated between the Carpathian foothills and the Tatra Mountains, Krakow has one of the most extravagant and best preserved medieval city centres in the whole of Europe, having been left intact since the 13th Century. UNESCO have named Krakow as a World Heritage Centre due to the astonishing density of breath taking buildings which make up the city centre. The huge Rynek Glowny market square is surrounded by impressive buildings and atmospheric pavement cafes which create a perfect starting point from which to investigate the city from your holiday accommodation in Krakow. The many galleries, museums, sophisticated culture and lively nightlife of Krakow have helped make it one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.
Malopolskie has a remarkable climate. During the summer months, daily temperatures often reach over 30˚C, with average monthly temperatures of over 20˚C for much of the year. However, during the winter months, temperatures suddenly plummet, leaving averages closer to 0˚C as the start of the ski season in the Carpathian Mountains starts.
The John Paul II International Airport (KRK) lies 11km west of Krakow in Malopolskie. With a range of airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJetand Ryanair providing direct flights to Malopolskie from across the UK, Malopolskie holidays have never been easier to start.