The Bieszczady Mountains.
Regarded by many as the most magnificent mountain ridge in Poland, the Bieszczady Mountains stretch from the North West to the South East of the region. In terms of both historical importance and natural environment, Bieszczady is one of the most unique and appealing mountain ranges in Europe. It is one of the very few regions in Europe, where the natural ecosystem was largely restored after the Second World War. Before the War it was one of the most populated and at the same time most destitute areas of Poland. Due to expulsions, a huge part of the local population was forced out of the region, thus leaving room for wildlife to flourish.
Nowadays most of the local ecosystem is subject to environmental protection. The Bieszczady National Park (part of the UNESCO East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve) covers the highest areas of the Polish part of Bieszczady Mountains. A large area of the Bieszczady Mountains is also covered by the Nature 2000 ecological network,and the Cisna-Wetlina Landscape Park. The Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection gives particular attention to the overseeing of the the Bieszczady Mountains. Thanks to that, you will be able to enjoy the local wildlife in its pure and untouched form both now and in the future!
The Bieszczady Mountains were discovered as a tourist destination before WWII as a need to provide holiday for tourists suddenly emerged. It was then that the first mountain guesthouses were built: in Sianki, Beniowa, Dydiowa and Sokole. The Jozef Pilsudski's red trail, connecting Sianki and Krynica, was also established. Famous artists such as Aleksander Fredro, Edward Stachura, Jerzy Harasymowicz or Wojciech Belon, have often visited Bieszczady, seeking rest and inspiration. Even decades ago, guesthouses that provided holiday in Bieszczady were very popular.
Nowadays the numerous possibilities for mountain hiking are still the main asset of the region, but not the only one. For over five centuries the Bieszczady Mountains were a home for Boyko, Lemkos, Ruthenians, Poles and Jews. It had become a melting pot for local cultures. The World War II and the expulsions, ended with Operation Vistula, have changed the reality of the area for good. The local population has left the land, and the cultural and generational continuity perished. The Bieszczady Mountains were abandoned, it's inhabitants were deported and wild nature reigned again over the lands so heavily destroyed in the past. Soon the mountains became a sanctuary for all the dreamers, adventurers and people with no future... However, finding a place to stay in Bieszczady had been a problem for many years.
The turbulent history of the Bieszczady Mountains has left plenty of valuable artefacts, the presence of which sets the right mood and gives opportunity for reflection, introspection and rediscovery of past events and cultures.
Finding a place for rest in Bieszczady is no longer an issue today. A wide selection of guesthouses, farmhouses (agritourism) and hotels allows every visitor to choose a lodging that suits his tastes. But we strongly believe, that the most adequate holiday can be found right here, at Horb and Borsuczyna Guesthouses.
Thus: holiday in Bieszczady? – Horb and Borsuczyna Guesthouses welcome you!