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A trip down the Poprad river gorge to Krynica

A trip down the Poprad river gorge to Krynica

Stary Sącz is only 8 km from Nowy Sącz. Its vast market square surrounded by historic low buildings is not the only tourist attraction of the city. In the 13th century, a fortified convent of St. Clare was founded by Princess Kinga, the wife of Prince Bolesław V the Chaste. After her husband’s death, Kinga became a nun, and nowadays she is recognised by the Catholics as a saint. South of Stary Sącz the Poprad Valley narrows. Travelling through Rytro, with its ruins of a 13th-century castle, you will arrive at Piwniczna-Zdrój. Across Poprad, at the stretch between the two towns, flatboat rallies are organised. In Muszyna you leave the Poprad Valley and head for Krynica. On the way, you pass by the village of Powroźnik, with its wooden Lemko Orthodox church from 1600. Krynica-Zdrój is a famous spa situated at the foot of Jaworzyna Krynicka (1114m asl). You can reach the top of this mountain by cable railway. On the slope there is a ski resort. The main attraction of the town centre are the impressive old wooden villas. One of them houses the museum of Nikifor Krynicki, a famous primitive Lemko painter from the Low Beskids.

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