Szczawnica is a town in the southern tip of Poland and is the gateway to the Polish side of the Pieniny mountains. Today it has about 7,600 inhabitants. It is near the border with Slovakia and is a spa town.
Thanks to the microclimate and the presence of mineral springs, the town has specialized in the treatment of respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal and urinary tract, and the locomotor system. The spa has an excellent treatment facilities, including the Institute of Natural and Inhalation, equipped with a unique pneumatic chambers for treatment of pulmonary diseases and brine chamber - Rotary Valves, in which inhalation is done effectively in the treatment of bronchial asthma.
Szczawnica puts great emphasis on the development of sport, tourism and leisure, both organized and individual. Provides an excellent tourist base once receiving several thousand visitors, which provides accommodation in rooms of different standards - from apartments in buildings sanatoriums, boarding houses, hotels and holiday homes, the places in private accommodation, hostels and camping fields.
Szczawnica like most of Małopolska village offers a wide range of opportunities for active leisure.
Mountains covered with forests rich in flora and fauna attract hikers. Numerous hiking trails lead to the highest peaks of Pieniny and Gorce and nature reserves: Homole Gorge, High Rocks, and also to one of the most rich in scenic and steep rocks, forming gorges and waterfalls - White Water Reserve. Routes are adapted to the physical capabilities of the average user.
Getting to Szczawnica provides county road connecting with Krościenkiem Szczawnica. By Krościenko located in the immediate vicinity of the provincial road passes Szczawnica Nowy Targ - Krościenko - Łącko - Nowy Sacz, through which is provided Szczawnica road links with major hubs in the region.
|Pokoje "Magnolia"||Św. Krzyża 12a||Guesthouse||-|
|Willa Safra||Główna 82||Willa||-|
|Pokoje gościnne "Pod Wierzbą"||Św. Krzyża 11||Guesthouse||-|
|Amelia||Nad Grajcarkiem 10||Guesthouse||-|
|Pokoje Gościnne w "Malinowie"||Szlachtowska 78||Guesthouse||-|
|Pokoje Gościnne u Basi||Sopotnicka 23C||Guesthouse||-|
|Domy Wypoczynkowe Szalay||Jana Wiktora 12||Hotel||-|
|Pokoje gościnne "Nad Kozieńcem"||Szlachtowska 12||Guesthouse||-|
|Pokoje gościnne Łukasz Zachwieja||Główna 206||Guesthouse||-|
|"Alina" Pokoje Gościnne||Słoneczna 9||Guesthouse||-|
|POKOJE U GILA||GŁÓWNA 111||Guesthouse||-|
|EPI Apartments||Szlachtowska 79 Szczawnica||Apartment||-|
In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.
See also: International Telephone Calls
To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.
Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.
Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.
Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.
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