Walking Holidays in Slovakia - Slovakia - Southern Tatras


Holiday Highlights
  • Nestled at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains, based in picturesque Smokovec
  • Explore toothy ridges, high mountain cliffs, deep valleys and silent mirror-like lakes
  • Combine your week in Slovakia with a week in Poland for a truly immersive experience


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Nestling at the foot of the High Tatra mountains, our base for walking in the Slovakian High Tatras is picturesque Smokovec, a village conveniently located at a junction of the ‘Tatra Railway’ allowing excellent access to all the main walking areas. The village has a source of excellent mineral water, and has developed as a spa. Today many fine historical buildings remain making the village a pleasure to walk through. The High Tatras became the country’s first national park in 1948 with peaks rising to 2655m, as well as home to the symbolic national peak of Slovakia, Mt Kriván 2495m high.

The High Tatras have a dense network of well-marked hiking trails of various levels of difficulty passing through the most beautiful Tatran valleys to villages and mountain lakes. The mountains are mostly composed of granite giving rise to some dramatic scenery. Toothy ridges, high mountain cliffs, deep valleys and deep mirror-like lakes - over 110 in all. From the steep valley sides tumble icy waterfalls, the highest being 90m. There is much interesting flora and fauna in the area, some unique to the area such as the Tatra Chamois as well as marmots, bears, red and roe deer and eagles.

Self-Guided

We offer a choice of walks for all abilities. Most walks start from the top of a cable car chair lift or funicular railway so you can take out some of the uphill section and get deep into the mountains. Walk to the top of one of the many peaks, higher peaks can also be reached but a guide is required. Alternatively enjoy a contour panorama walk giving spectacular views. Some of the higher walks lead to places where a head for heights is an advantage but there are alternatives in each instance.


Guided Walking 

We can arrange a private guide for a group of walkers or individual travellers if required, contact us for details. It is a local requirement that groups of more than 10 people have a guide. 


Two Centre

Why not combine a week in Slovakia with a week in Poland the same mountain range but a completely different experience? We can provide the transfer between the two, contact us for more information.


Walk Grading

Self Guided - Moderate & Challenging

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Hotel Smokovec *** - 3 Star

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Located in Smokovec, this hotel is a great base to explore the Tatra mountains. It is a two minute walk from the railway station. The rooms are equipped with TV, wi-fi, radio and mini-bar, most with balcony. The en-suite bathrooms have either a shower or bath.

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Grandhotel - 4 Star

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The 110 year old Grandhotel is in the centre of Smokovec. Recently renovated it still retains the style of one of the most prestigious hotels in Slovakia. It is a five minute walk from the station. Dinner and breakfast are taken in the grand dining room. Dinner is either buffet style or 3-course table service, breakfast is a buffet with some hot dishes. There is an impressive indoor swimming pool saunas whirlpool and fitness room.

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Hotel Villa Siesta - 3 Star

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This small family run hotel with just 18 rooms are known for their good hospitality. The hotel is just 3 minutes’ walk from the nearest train station, the centre of the village is also within easy walking distance. Dinner is held in the hotel restaurant and features local Slovakian specialities, breakfast is a large buffet with a good choice of options - both meals can be taken on the terrace if the weather is appropriate. The hotel's wellness centre is free to enter and has a dry sauna, infrasauna and a jacuzzi (treatments are charged extra).

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


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Availability Information

The paths in the National Park do not open until the 15th of June in order to protect young wildlife. Walking is then possible until the 1st of November when the paths close again. The highest rainfall is in June and July when it falls mainly in thunderstorms. September and October are months noted for long periods of beautiful sunny weather.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.

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