Orava lies in the north-western part of Slovakia at the border with Poland. The boundary point in the cadastral area of Oravská Polhora is the northernmost point of Slovakia. The axis of the region is the Orava river.
From the natural point of view, Orava has almost everything. Little Fatra, Chočské vrchy and especially the Western Tatras - Roháče are paradise for hikers and cyclists. Hiking tourists especially enjoy summer tourism in Roháče and the crossroads of West Tatras ridge. Walking around the Oravice, the excursions to the Babia mountain and Velký Choč also belong to tourist delights.
Even the winter months are magic on Orave. Downhill skiing in Zuberec and its surroundings or in the Kubínska holi, or cross-country ski tours with Skorushinske vrchy or Oravská Magura are known among skiers not only from Slovakia but also from surrounding countries.
Orava is also rich in building monuments, which can be found in almost every village. The most valuable is the Orava Castle, which opens onto the rock above the Orava River.
In several Orava villages, it is still possible to meet sights of folk architecture, the most valuable of which is the monument reserve of folk architecture in Podbiel and the nature museum in Zuberec. The most important representatives of sacral architecture are the wooden churches in Tvrdosin, Leštiny and Istebnom. The best place for recreation in the water is the Oravská priehrada.
Districts: Dolný Kubín, Námestovo, Tvrdošín.
In each district we recommend:
- Orava gallery - Country house, Dolný Kubín
- Gallery of Mária Medvecká, Tvrdošín
- Slanic Island of Art and sightseeing cruises along the Orava dam
Source: DAJAMA Publishing House