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1. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Can anyone recommend any great hiking destinations, preferably in eastern Europe. Looking for fantastic scenery, reliable warm/hot weather, not very expensive, with nice big mountains (not more than 3000m really)

I heard Romania was excellent for this type of trip, as is Sicily (walking around the volcanic areas).

Any other suggestions would be great.

Thanks.

2. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

i guess tatra mts in poland/slovakia would be a perfect option for you. alpine scenery (highest peaks reach 2600 m), scenic mountain lakes, lots of hiking trails, cheap and plentiful accommodation, cheap food, handy transportation. the gateway town for polish tatras is zakopane, while poprad is starting point for the slovak tatras.

3. Posted by amorphis (Budding Member 47 posts) 9y

Hi Philo,
There are plenty of good hiking areas in Eastern Europe. I guess more than you can visit in one vacation. Several suggestions, with which I will most likely make your choice even more difficult (sorry for that):
- Retezat national park in the southern Carpathians of Romania
- the Rodopi mountains in southern Bulgaria (Smoljan environment)
- the Malecevske plains in eastern Macedonia (southeast of Kocani)
- Djerdap natural park in the very east of Serbia (close to RO border)
- Zlatibor mountains (middle west Serbia, border area with Bosnia)
- Triglav natural park, northwest Slovenia, esp. Bohinsko lake area
Good hike, whereever you go. Wish I could join you, but I can't...
Of course, these suggestions are merely an addition to what Eleritz already proposed. The Tatras in Slovakia/southern Poland are just lovely too. You will enjoy the scenery on all the spots suggested.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Are the Tatras easy enough to get to?

5. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Are the Tatras easy enough to get to?

yes. much easier to get to than mountains in romania, bulgaria or serbia (slovenian hiking areas are also, like tatras, easily accessible)

zakopane is only 2 hours by bus (or 3 by train) from krakow.

poprad is 4-5 hours by train from bratislava.

there are also low cost flights to poprad from london (ryanair or easyjet i guess)

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I assume it's possible to fly to the Tatras from within Poland?

7. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

I assume it's possible to fly to the Tatras from within Poland?

no, there is no airport in the polish tatras. the nearest one is in krakow.

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

So where is Poprad?

9. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

So where is Poprad?

poprad is on the slovak side of the tatras. poprad airport is very small, basically it exists only because of these low cost flights from england. there are also flights to poprad within slovakia, from bratislava and maybe kosice. so there are no air connections between poland and poprad.

you can get from zakopane to poprad by bus. it takes 2-3 hours.