Let me tell you about one of the most beautiful regions in Poland. The Island Beskids.
The Island Beskids
The Island Beskids is a mountain range in southern Poland and is part of the larger Beskids mountain range, which stretches across several Central and Eastern European countries. The Island Beskids are so called because they are surrounded by lowlands, and are considered ‘islands’ in the midst of these plains.
The highest peak on the Island Beskids is Babia Góra, which rises to 1,725 meters (5,659 feet) and is also the highest peak in the entire Beskids range. There are several other notable peaks in the area, including Pilsko, Wielka Rycerzowa, and Romanka.
The Island Beskids is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous trails and scenic routes winding through the mountains. Visitors can also enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports in the region during the colder months. The area is also renowned for its rich cultural heritage, including traditional architecture, music, and cuisine. In addition, the nearby city of Bielsko-Biała offers a range of amenities for visitors, including museums, art galleries, and restaurants.
History of the Island Beskids
The history of Island Beskids goes back thousands of years, with evidence of human settlement in the area dating back to the Neolithic period. In the course of time, various tribes and cultures have inhabited the region, including the Celts, Romans, and Slavs.
During the medieval period, the Island Beskids was part of the Kingdom of Poland and the area was known for its agriculture and mining. In the 18th century, the region became part of the Habsburg Empire and remained under Austrian control until the end of the First World War.
In the 20th century, the Island Beskids and the surrounding area were greatly affected by the two world wars and the political changes that followed. After the Second World War, the region was incorporated into the newly formed People’s Republic of Poland, and the area underwent significant modernization and industrialization.
Today, the Island Beskids and surrounding areas are popular among tourists. There is an increasing focus on preserving the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Many of the traditional wooden buildings and other historic structures have been restored and efforts are being made to promote sustainable tourism practices in the area.
My visit to the Island Beskids
I must admit that I did not do much hiking when I visited the Island Beskids. I was visiting a friend and we spent most of our time cooking, eating, and talking. But we did go for a few walks. I fell in love with the place and I have to go back. And this time do some real exploring. And do it with my dogs. The reason I went without my dogs is that my friend has a cat and it doesn’t like dogs 😉
I plan to visit the Island Beskids again this summer. And definitely go for more walks. And take more photos. And some videos too. So stay tuned for more! 🙂
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