Poprad & the High Tatra Region
Poprad , Slovakia the gateway to the breathtaking High Tatra mountain range, third largest in Europe with 25 peaks some above 2,500 metres connects by mountain road with Zakopane, Southern Poland www.poprad.sk .
Slovakia 's population is 5.5 million, area 49,035 sq. klm (18,933 sq. miles) new European Union entrant May 2004 and member of Nato . Slovakia is land locked bordering with Countries, Austria - Czech Republic - Hungary - Poland and Ukraine . www.slovakiatourism.sk & www.mapy.atlas.sk
The currency is the Slovak Crown (SK), rate variable 55 SK = £1.
Poprad with a population of 55,000, tenth populated city in Slovakia lies in a micro- continental climate, controlled by the magnetism of the High Tatras with dry and cold winters. The weather is unpredictable in summer, some rainy days mixed with hot and pleasant sunny days between June and August. Temperatures average -2 in winter and 23c. in summer, the coldest month is January. The latest weather report can be checked on www.meteo.sk
Popradites living with the fresh air 720 metres above sea level, known for their good health and calm laid back nature. Poprad attracts many international tourists throughout the year, and is the main shopping town in the area. The cost of living is very reasonable with an exceptional high standard and choice of restaurants. The town kept immaculately clean and tidy.
Poprad-Tatry International Airport
The International Airport Poprad-Tatry 5 kms from the city centre, there are no scheduled flights in the summer and the odd charter flight in the winter from Russia . The airport is blizzard free and is used has a divert in bad weather. www.airport-poprad.sk
How do we get to Poprad?
The most convenient way of travelling using various airport in the UK is to travel Czech Airlines (CSA) directly to Prague with a good connection to Kosice , Eastern Slovakia only 105 kms from Poprad, which connects with a airport coach departing 2.30 pm from the airport direct Poprad.
Commencing 3rd December Skyeurope ( www.skyeurope.com ) will operate Wednesdays and Saturdays Stansted/Poprad for the winter ski market.
Czech Airlines (CSA) will probably start flights from Prague to Poprad in the near future.
There is a regular train service from Kosice in the town centre to Poprad.
Flights can also be taken to Bratislava but it is not recommended unless a stopover in the capital for this involves travelling from the airport to the railway station and then a 4 hour train fast train to Poprad.
A new service started in July 2005 Prague/Zilina 1225-1330 returning 1415-1525 by Czech Airlines CSA daily except Saturdays, which connects with their International flights from London. Zilina is 150 kms from Poprad.
A motorway is being constructed Bratislava - Poprad and will be ready in two years.
Poprad in the Summer
Poprad and the region have enormous untapped potential for visitors from say March to October for self-drive holidays, walking, Slovak Culture, Aqua City Waterworld and the development of golfing breaks www.poprad.sk
Poprad Golfing Breaks
Poprad with its climate so similar to Scotland with perfect grass conditions from March to October has the makings for new golf resorts. Compare to Spain and Portugal where the temperature because of global warming sometime reach an unbearable 40c. and the greens are parched brown. With waiting for tee-offs can be an agonising long wait and the exorbitant green fees of 200 Euros+.
POPRAD PART OF FIVE TOWNS
The City of Poprad represents a conglomeration of five towns originating before the 13th century, which is very important when visitors think there is only one area the town centre of Poprad.
After German settlers colonized the town's character changed from agriculture and craftsmanship to an ind ustrial centre. The original metal sheet factory is now called Tatramat.
(3) Spisska Sobota
The most important town of Poprad and one of the architectural and historic jewels of the region. Dating back to the first mentioned document of Bela IV in March 1256 under the name of Saturday market. Spisska Sobota is a gem of architecture in 1950 was declared a Town Historical Preservation.
Is Poprad's youngest and smallest town.
Vel'ka meaning "Great". The northwest part of Poprad Has a church clock tower striking every quarters of an hour
Climatic spa resort south of Poprad with the famous sanatorium.
MEDICAL TOURISM - OZONOTHERAPY - TO THE TATRA REGION
The Sanatorium at Kvetnica, south of Poprad it is a well known fact that people come to this region for treating asthma and tuberculosis, plus other respiratory diseases and the famous healing oasis and small lake.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS FROM POPRAD
There are numerous places to visit
- Many caves, Liptov region Demanovska cave, Dobsinka ice cave.
- Spis Castle the largest castle in Central Europe (UNESCO) sight, nearby Levoca the past capital of the Spis Saxons and the world's tallest wooden altar.
- Town of Banska Stiavnica in the 17th century largest town in the Hungarian Kingdom , old mining town with the first mining academy in Europe .
- Various hiking trips available especially in the Slovak Paradise.
- Plus visits to Zakopane 75 kms and Krakow, and the gruesome visit to Auschwitz concentration camp a symbol of terror and genocide and the Holocaust
The flat rate taxes of 19% - no tax on dividends and no inheritance tax many UK Companies are being Incorporated in Slovakia .
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