Summer in the Tatras
 activities for the summer

Horse-riding

If you are a beginner, you can opt for a ride in a riding school. Alternatively there are many guided rides, some of which are suitable for beginners as well. Experienced riders can take a day trip which is a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside.
If you not keen to sit in a saddle, there are trips in a terrain carriage. A maximum of 3 people can join the ride. (During winter, you can also try a Nordic specialty – skijoring, where you wear skis, but are pulled along by a horse!)

This area is wonderful in summer, with many activities to choose from :-

Rafting and canoeing

White water rafting is available for all the family on the Vah near Besenova. Alternatively further afield it is possible to travel down the Dunajec gorge (the border with Poland) by Gondola!
Canoe hire is also available at Liptovsky Mara. There is an artificial water course at the edge of the lake in Liptovsky Mikulas, just a short walk from the apartment- where you can have a two hour lesson in white water or slalom canoeing! This is an Olympic and world championship venue. www.raftingadventure.sk

Swimming

The Liptov region is famous for its thermal pools and very large aqua parks where it is possible to swim outside all year round until 10pm! There are 4 such parks within easy reach of the apartment – the largest Tatralandia is only 2 miles away. Tatralandia has 9 pools and 16 flumes.
Besenova has a 6 thermal pools – much hotter and more relaxing and is a scenic 20 min bus ride away. There are also two beaches on Liptovsky Mara – the lake directly West of Liptovsky Mikulas .

Caves

The Low Tatra is a limestone region (the High Tatras are predominantly granite hence their different character). Fifteen minutes drive out of Liptovsky Mikulas in the Demanovska Dolina are two world class show caves – The Freedom Cave (very well decorated) and the Ice Cave. Both were used by the Partisans in WW2.

Cycling

The quiet country lanes are ideal for cycling but for the more adventurous there is a huge network of mountain biking trails including the truly scary descent from Chopok, a 6,000 ft ascent by chairlift. Cycle hire and maps available from Dan and Clare, our managers.

Hiking

The Low and High Tatras are both a short bus ride away. Although very different, both of these stunning national parks have a long history of tourism and a complex network of waymarked mountain and valley trails of varying difficulty. There are new chair lifts to various viewpoints which can be used for some stunning but straightforward high level walks. Studded by clear mountain tarns and with fabulously diverse flora and fauna the area is a walkers paradise. Our nearest, Chopok,  is accessed by a chair lift from Jasna. Take a chair lift to the top of the mountain and walk back down to your car