Cracow and the area of High Tatras are among the most popular tourist destinations in Poland. The Beskids and Bieszczady Mountains, stretching out in the east of the region and near the borders with Ukraine and Slovakia, rank among the most scarcely populated regions in Europe. At the same time, they are very attractive for tourists planning to spend their time in close contact with nature. Traditional agriculture prevails across the whole region.
The Tatra National Park has been entered on UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves List, together with the adjoining park area on the Slovakian side. A fine array of hiking trails run to the mountain tops, to crystal clear mountain lakes, wondrous waterfalls, valleys and caves. Mountain-bikers can choose from several well-marked bike trails. The trail connecting the town of Zakopane with the mountain lake Morskie Oko is 66 kilometres long both ways. Zakopane itself is the most significant winter sports resort in Poland. In the pas t, numerous international sports events took place here, for example, the world championships in ski-jumps, world championships in biathlon or world cup in slalom. Ski trails of various difficulty levels await skiers. The most renowned and highest of them start on Mt Kasprowy Wierch (1984 m).