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Kraków-Częstochowa Upland

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Recommending the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland lovers of active leisure is absolutely well-founded. Hiking, biking and horse riding, as well as climbing, golf and running compose a list of suggestions from which everyone will choose something for themselves. The Upland's uniqueness lies in the opportunities it offers rock climbing enthusiasts. Beautiful valleys (Bolechowicka, Kobylańska, Będkowska, Kluczwoda, Szklarka, Wodąca) as well as isolated rocks (e.g. Pazurek II and Januszkowa Góra) scattered throughout the entire Upland offer thousands of climbing routes of various difficulties and lengths.

We also have good news for lovers of long hikes and bike trips. The first are recommended primarily to discover the Małopolska section of the Trail of the Eagles' Nests. We are convinced that hikers will also like the Trail of Jurassic Strongholds, which in its Małopolska section leads from Rudawa to Podzamcze. Cyclists are encouraged to choose the red trail Krakow-Ogrodzieniec, which crosses the Jura from south to north allowing you to see the most interesting castles of this area. For those looking for bicycle events, we recommend Family Rallies along the Olkusz Bike Trails. However, this is not all that Upland has to offer cyclists! If you're looking for other for ideas, we suggest you to take a look at the map of tourist routes on the Małpolska Tourist Routes website and check out the portal

Do you fancy horse riding? Or maybe you prefer running? There may be something here for you as well. At the Hucul horse stud in Rudawa-Nielepice you will find the starting point of the Trans-Jura Horse Trail, which leads, among others, through the Błędów Desert. On the 33 km² of sandy terrain, runners can also use up their energy. It is for them that the “Hero Run” competitions take place here every year. Another runner feast is the Jurassic Running Festival - a new sporting event, the organizers of which offer us as many as 8 runs to choose from, including shorter (10 km) and longer (even 100 and 200 km) ones. Another suggestion is the Silver Ten Olkusz Street Run, which offers a 10 or 5 km distance.
In recent years, urban sports such as skateboarding or high-performance riding on scooters or BMX are becoming more and more popular. The organizers of Silver Games, taking place in the “Silver Park” recreation and landscape area in Olkusz, know this very well. They created a one of a kind festival, guaranteeing participants an unforgettable experience and acquiring some knowledge about Olkusz's mining past. “Silver Park” was built on the grounds of the former calamine mine, and offers an additional attraction in the form of the open-air mining machinery museum. Nearby are the remains of the Ponikowska Adit from the 16th century.

It is also impossible not to mention the Kraków Valley Golf & Country Club golf course and the Kraków Valley ski lift. Both these attractions await us in Paczółtowice, a few kilometres away from the town of Krzeszowice, famous for its health resort history. Finally, it is worth mentioning activities that will please every water sports enthusiast – rafting down the Białka and Sztoła rivers.


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