Liptov is, as a result of its great location, countless possibilities for hiking, cycling, summer and winter sports as well as its unique natural beauty, one of the most visited regions in Slovakia.
Liptov is situated in the north of Slovakia, occupying an area of more than 2000 km2.
With its north-east part -High Tatras
, West Tatras
and Chočské Mountains
, Liptov touches the state border with Poland, in the east it is surrounded by Popradská Basin, the west part of Liptov is surrounded by the ridge of the Veľká Fatra Mountains
, and the south of Liptov is surrounded by the ridge of the Low Tatras
. Through the Liptov region flows the longest Slovak river - the river Váh
Hiking and cycling in Liptov
Tourists can choose from a wide range of hiking trails of varying difficulty. The trails start in villages, municipalities or tourist centres and are colour-marked, depending on their difficulty.
The most visited trails are the trails through the ridges of surrounding mountains as well as climbing to famous view-points, such as Ďumbier, Poludnica
or Veľký Choč
A suitable walking tour for families with children is the one from Žiarska to Žiarska chalet towards Šarafiový Waterfall, or he passes through Prosiecka
and Kvačianska Valleys
(water mills in Oblazy
are a great experience for adults as well as for children).
In Liptov, there are great possibilities for cycling fans, too. The trails around Liptovská Mara
water reservoir, or through Demänovská Valley
are quite an experience. Bicycle rentals are almost everywhere. You can go cycling all by yourself or you can arrange to have an experienced instructor.
The three most beautiful caves in Slovakia open to the public are in Liptov
Visiting a cave in Liptov is a great experience. There are several caves in Liptov. Stanišovská Cave in Jánska Valley
is open all-year long, the three most beautiful caves in Slovakia open to the public - Demänovská Freedom Cave
, the most visited cave in Slovakia, Demänovská Ice Cave
and Važecká Cave
, whose clear-white stalactite decoration gives it the appearance of a fairy-land, were declared national natural landmarks.
Swimming and water sports in Liptov
Liptov, with a number of rivers, streams and hot mineral springs, offers many possibilities for swimming and water sports.
Liptovská Mara water reservoir is one of the most visited, there are excellent conditions for rafting on the river Váh
and its tributary Belá
Vrbické pleso Mountain Lake
is the result of glacier activity in this area.
You can go swimming or take a bath in thermal spas such as Bešeňová
, Liptovský Ján
or at Spa Lúčky
, near which you can see the famous Lúčanský waterfall
or Lúčanské travertines
In Western Funpark in Tatralandia
you have a chance to witness a train robbery or you can try panning for gold.
Cultural and historical sights of Liptov
Liptov is also famous for its number of cultural and historical sights, the most interesting are the ruins of Likava Castle
, the ruins of Liptov Castle
, wooden articular church of the Holy Cross, folk buildings from the 1st half of the 19th century in Oblazy
, where you can also see old water mills.
Unique examples of folk architecture are in Vlkolínec
, an open-air museum which is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
. Right above the Liptovská Mara water reservoir, is the famous Archaeological open-air museum of Celtic culture in Havránok
. The open-air museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina
depicts the life of people in this region in the 19th and 20th centuries, on weekends there is a regular program for children as well as for adults.
In the village of Východná
the famous Východná folk festival
is held, once a year, always on the first weekend of July.
Tips for accommodation in Liptov:
Stylish apartments in an apartment house in Liptov
Accommodation for families with children, baby-friendly, with children’s playground, outdoor fire-place, wellness, stylishly equipped rooms. High Tatras, Tatralandia, hiking and cycling nearby (Liptovský Ján 2 km).
Stylish cottage in Liptov
Accommodation in stylish cottage, near stylish apartment house near Liptovský Ján.
Cottage near Thermal Park Bešeňová
A holiday house with a lot of private space and the smell of wood, located in the secluded village of Malatiny, in the heart of the Liptov region, not yet overrun with tourists.
Apartment house near the aquaparks Tatralandia and Bešeňová
3 individual apartments in Liptovské Matiašovce near West Tatras (Orava), 4 km from the Liptovská Mara water reservoir, 8 km from aquapark Tatralandia, 14 km from the thermal swimming-pool and aquapark Bešeňová.
Author: Veronika Shaughnessy