I had never been to Bieszczady Mountains before. But I had dreamt about them. In 2012 I decided to confront my dreams with reality. The outcome? Outstanding. Very basic conditions of stay plus exhaustion after steep climbs plus a feeling of primordial freedom gave us incredible power. When I look at Bieszczady photos, I am able to labour through the current schoolyear without complaints.
Bieszczady is the Polish 'wild west' in the south east corner of the country.
It's a mountain range (part of Carpathian Mountains), with sweeping pasturelands known as Poloniny, natural primeval beech forests and diverse rich nature. The highest peak - Tarnica - raises to 1346 m above see level. The region is home to some 200 animal species including European bison, brown bears, lynx and wolves. You'll also find well over 100 species of birds here, the emperor of which is the golden eagle. Plant world is equally rich. The large part of the area is protected by Bieszczadzki National Park. The region is one of the least populated in Poland and most un-touched by man. It's very popular with tourists seeking peace and tranquility.
Bieszczady Mountains are also known for beautiful timber architecture of small rural Orthodox churches that have been part of the landscape for centuries.
Bieszczady is a perfect place for active holiday activities such as walking, hiking, cycling or horse riding but also for simply observing the nature in its tranquil surroundings.
Despite hard climbs, women are not afraid to take their infants with them.