Four must-see places in the Orava region

Spend a day visiting a spectacular castle, bathing in the water reservoir or have an art experience on the island.

(Source: TASR)
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1. Orava castle

Orava Castle, also known as the "pearl of Orava", stands on a 112-metre high cliff. It has been the inspiration for many folk songs, poems and legends.

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The castle was built around the 13th century on land that had previously been occupied by a small wooden castle. The fortress used to have a strategic defensive function for an important Hungarian-Polish road running below it. What you see today has been formed over many centuries and in its architecture, one can find elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Romance styles.

2. Orava Dam

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The "Orava Sea" spreads across an area of 35 km. As one of the largest water reservoirs in Slovakia, it is the most visited tourist destination in the region, during the summer.

There are opportunities for bathing, sun-bathing, water sports, yachting, windsurfing, boating and water bikes. There are also cruises around the island.

3. Slanec island

After relaxing and playing in the water, tourists may visit Slanický Island of Art in the middle of the dam. The church that once stood on a hill in a village that was flooded by the dam’s construction is now an exhibition hall for folk art.

From May to September, a boat takes visitors to the island from Slanická osada port (close to Námestovo). Sometimes, concerts take place there as well.

4. Craft house

The new craft house was opened in Orava in the summer season of 2019. It is a more interactive space than a normal museum.

“Visitors can gain an overview of the local craft activities such as flour milling, smithing, pottery, coopering, basketry and so on,” said Mária Jagnešáková, director of Orava Museum, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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