Spiš is the historical territory in the northern part of Slovakia. Spiš boasts of all basic natural attributes proper to the typical Carpathian landscape. It is arranged in varied mosaics while basins occupy the central position in this composition. Spiš consisted historically of three regions. Environs of Stará Ľubovňa along with Zamagurie from the northern Spiš, the basin Popradská kotlina represents the central Spiš. The territory drained by the river Hornád and its tributaries constitutes the southern Spiš.
Spiš is one of the regions that display all kinds of natural assets. The National Park of Slovenský Raj (Slovak Paradise) is the paradise for hiking and its view platform at Tomášovský výhľad, the gorge Prielom Hornádu, wild abysses and narrows are indeed wonderful.
Photo: Slovak Paradise © Tomáš Šereda (www.ttstudio.sk)
Winter in Spiš has a special charm. Downhill skiing in ski resorts Krompachy-Plejsy or Mlynky is well known among fans of ski in Slovakia.
Spiš is extra rich in cultural and historic monuments indeed. No wonder that the Spiš Castle with its environs - the largest medieval compound in central Europe, which comprises of Spišská Kapitula (Chapter of Spiš) and Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit in Žehra, was added to the UNESCO List of the World Natural and Cultural Heritage.
Photo: Spiš Castle © Juraj Moravčík
Levoča is a captivating medieval town (included on the UNESCO List of the World Natural and Cultural Heritage as well) and the gem among the towns in Spiš. It has numerous architectural monuments and the biggest wooden altar in the world. The monuments from the Gothic period lie on the tourist route called the Gothic Way.