Some facts worth to know - polish forests
Polish forests cover about 30% of Poland's territory, and are mostly owned by the state. Western and northern parts of Poland as well as the Carpathian Mountains in the extreme south, are much more forested than eastern and central provinces.1 The most forested administrative districts of the country are: Lubusz Voivodeship (48,9%), Subcarpathian Voivodeship (37,2%), and Pomeranian Voivodeship (36,1%).1 The least forested are: Łódź Voivodeship (21%), Masovian Voivodeship (22,6%), and Lublin Voivodeship (22,8%).
Forest in Poland occupy the poorest soil. Coniferous type accounts for 54.5%, whereas broadleaved type accounts for 45.5% (out of that, alder and riparian forests account for 3.8%). A number of forested zones are now protected by the Polish government and, in many cases, they have become tourist destinations. Over the years, many of the largest Polish forests have been reduced in size, and that reflected on the structure of forest inhabitation.
Up until the end of the 18th Century, beginning in what is known as the Middle Ages, forests were considered places for travelers and ordinary folk to stay away from, as they were home to bandits and were believed to be inhabited by evil spirits. Law and order did not apply to forests for many centuries, except for self-policing observed and administered by their inhabitants. However, the forests did contain numerous woodsmen and their families who made the best of their remote environment. These woodsmen lived on what the forest could produce, collecting pitch resin for sale ? important as method of illuminating city streets ? logging construction lumber, collecting lime, bees wax, honey, hops, mushrooms and whatever other saleable items could be harvested in the forest and sold in villages outside of it.
Rest in a quiet place
In Poland, you will find many places that are ideally suited to spend time in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere. Most often affects the local climate and the lack of many tourists in this area. In which the Polish side should you choose if you want to spend your holidays in nature? The answer to this question is not simple. Many attractive tourist regions is visited by crowds of tourists and this means that we have less and less contact with the located there flora and fauna. Therefore, we plan a vacation outside the tourist season then Gorce, Tatry and around Biebrza will certainly be much more peaceful than if we would choose in this area, for example, in the summer.
Contact with nature - the higher parts of the mountains
Holiday in the Tatras is one of the ways to spend your time in a pleasant atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. Take to the area especially outside the peak tourist season, when the trails are much less crowded and we can enjoy the direct contact with nature. Contact with nature in places such as the higher parts of the mountains is the perfect way to relax, especially for those who enjoy physical activity. Choosing to go hiking in the mountains is in fact a matter of a few or even several hours' walk. It is worth remembering when planning a route. Surely you must adjust the difficulty level route to the own skills and physical condition.