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May weekend with a car from PANEK

Poland is a beautiful and extremely geographically diverse country. At each time of the year, it presents different images that … In the north, it tempts with the world’s only views of the Baltic Sea stroking the white-gold beaches and high cliffs, and in the south it is breathtaking with images of the still snow-capped peaks of the Carpathians and Sudetes flowing down onto meadows and halls flowered with crocuses. But that’s not all, between the sea and the mountains there is a multi-colored carpet of beautiful patterns drawn by geographical regions, cut by rivers, lakes and forests. It is best to spend a picnic in Poland, and you can reach the most beautiful areas with modern and safe cars from PANEK Rent a Car.

Podlasie is still unknown  It is best to start discovering Podlasie with a visit to Janów Podlaski. Where the famous stud is located, which during the Pride of Poland event is visited by the richest people in the world every year, who want to buy a horse of Arabian blood. Driving north along the banks of the Bug River, you will come across idyllic picturesque villages abounding in traditional wooden houses. If someone is looking for silence and escape from civilization, the towns of Podlasie are just perfect for it. We especially recommend the vicinity of the village of Stary Bubel and the Art Installation Landart. In turn, Hajnówka is the capital of Podlasie. From here, it is not far to the Siemianówka Lagoon, where the sunsets are picturesquely reflected.  When visiting Podlasie, you must visit Kruszyniany, a tiny town inhabited by Polish Tatars. The main tourist attraction is certainly the wooden mosque, but it is also worth stopping in one of the local gastronomy and trying the original Czebureki, Jantyk and Pielmienia. On the other hand, in Krynki, formerly inhabited by Jews, you can visit, among others, the Caucasian Synagogue. The road to the west will take us to Supraśl, where you can visit the Orthodox church and the Museum of Icons. Supraśl is also a great place to walk along charming streets and boulevards by the river. In the vicinity of Białystok, it is also worth visiting Wasilków and Święta Woda, which is a Catholic pilgrimage site.

An attractive sea at any time  

The Polish coast is over 500 kilometers of attractions, and each kilometer is worth setting your foot on. Spring is the time of year when the views can change even several times a day, and the water is fascinating even when dark, storm clouds gather above it. The most crowded places on the Baltic Sea are the Hel Peninsula, which, together with Władysławowo, plays the role of the summer party capital of Poland. Although the water in the sea is still cold, you can already see kitesurfing and windsurfing enthusiasts during the picnic. The Hel Peninsula, however, is only the beginning. After all, we are tempted by the Vistula Spit, the famous Łeba with the only dunes in the world and the Słowiński National Park, or the party Mielno and Unieście. For those looking for peace, it is worth recommending Piaski, Jantar, Dębki, Pobierowo and the charming Ustronie Morskie, while lovers of luxury resorts are invited to Sopot, Kołobrzeg, Międzyzdroje and Świnoujście. Warmia, Masuria and Storks The turn of April and May is the period when birds return to Poland. A special species are White Storks, whose joyful clattering always means, spring is already at home for good. Many places boast of being the Polish capital of storks, but it is in Masuria that there are the most of them. In order to observe the life of these dignified birds, you must travel by car, and it is known that the best ones can be found at PANEK Rent a Car. Statistics say that the density of storks in Warmia and Masuria is even 71 pairs per 100 km2! The largest concentrations can be found in the Natura 2000 Ostoja Warmińska area. The village of Żywkowo, inhabited by 19 people is an absolute hit. Every year, about 40 storks arrive, and after hatching, there are over 100 of them here! The second place, inhabited in great numbers by storks, is Lwowiec in the commune of Sępopol. There is a 14th century Gothic church in the village, the roof of which is particularly favored by black and white birds with red beaks.

Wielkopolska and Kujawy – the cradle of the Polish state  Do you remember our travel cycle about the Piast Trail? Majówka is a good time to get to know at least a part of this largest tourist trail in Poland. We especially recommend Biskupin, Gniezno and Ostrów Lednicki, because all signs say that this is where it all began.  Biskupin needs no introduction. It is the oldest archaeological site in Poland containing almost intact exhibits dating back to 2,700 years. The ancient settlement was situated on an island to which a 120-meter-long wooden bridge led. The settlement itself was surrounded by a 460-meter-long embankment and a wooden breakwater, which also played a defensive role. It is estimated that even 700 – 1000 people could live in wooden houses.  In turn, the first traces of settlement in the area of ​​today’s Gniezno date back to 8 or even 10 thousand years ago, and the first stronghold was erected on the Lech Hill in 941 AD. Gniezno quickly expanded Mieszko I, making it the main stronghold of the Polanie state. After 966, the first Polish ruler had a church built in the castle in which he buried his wife – Dobrawa, and a stone castle with a chapel. In 1000, a convention was held in Gniezno, attended by the son of Mieszko I – Bolesław I the Brave and the German Emperor Otto III. At that time, the archbishopric and metropolis of Gniezno were created, and the local temple was elevated to the rank of a cathedral.  The largest of the five islands on Lake Lednica is likely the site of the Baptism of Poland. There is an archaeological site on the island and the Museum of the First Piasts since 1969. The island, on September 16, 1994, entered on the list of historical monuments, is one of the most important places in Polish history.