Piešťany: A bike-friendly town famous for its spas and wafers

Mike Valek features on this week’s Spectacular Slovakia to talk about his second home.

Piešťany is the only Slovak town with an island.Piešťany is the only Slovak town with an island.(Source: Courtesy of Spa Piešťany)

A vibrant and cosmopolitan spa town, with a population of no more than 30,000 citizens, lying on the Váh River: This is Piešťany in a nutshell.

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The city, which has grown into a paradise for bikers due to its long cycling paths, is a water sports mecca. Not only because Slovakia's longest river, the Váh, runs straight through Piešťany, but also because of the Sĺňava water reservoir, which is reachable even on foot.

Decades ago, Piešťany was also discovered by people from the Muslim world. Slovakia's spa resort has gone on to be a favourite summer holiday spot for people from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the like.

What is more, it is the place where scrumptious round spa wafers, called oblátky in Slovak, are produced with a range of 20 different flavours. And there is one more special thing about Piešťany – Spa Island.

Brit Mike Valek of Cardiff, who lives in Piešťany with his family, uncovers why the city is worth a visit and what his life in Piešťany has been like.

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