Situated near the border of Slovakia at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, lies the “winter capital of Poland”, Zakopane. As one of the most affordable European ski-hotspots - as well as having excellent winter sport conditions - it is not difficult to see why Zakopane holiday rentals are so popular.
With the option of not only alpine skiing, but cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ski jumping, Zakopane offers practically everything for those who enjoy being on the slopes. In addition to being fantastic value for money, Zakopane has a strong “Goral” cultural influence – the Gorals are groups of highlanders, traditionally found in southern Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The culture has unique styles of food, dialects, architecture, music and dress, all of which can be found in Zakopane. In addition, staying in Zakopane accommodation during the festive season would allow you to experience the typical Christmas traditions – featuring dances, horse-pulled sleighs (called “kuligs”) and roast lamb. Whilst there during the winter season, try the traditional mulled wine - “grzaniec” - which adds its own twist, including spices and honey. Stroll down the towns most popular street, Krupowki, filled with shops to collect souvenirs, carnival rides, performers and restaurants.
Holiday rentals in Zakopane: The ideal base to explore from
During the summer season, Zakopane is popular with mountaineers, in particular those who enjoy hiking, climbing and caving. Many enjoy visiting Morskie Oko, the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains. Located approximately two hours from Krakow, Zakopane is easily accessible by car and due to its central location, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and even Germany can be reached within a day. The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is about a 4 hour drive from Zakopane.