The region of Turiec spreads in the north-western part of Slovakia in the Turčianska kotlina (basin) surrounded by the mountain ranges of Malá and Veľká Fatra, Kremnické vrchy and Žiar. The axis of the valley is the river Turiec. For its beauty and natural assets, this region is one of the most picturesque in the territory of Slovakia and it is sometimes referred as the 'garden of Turiec'.
The Malá and Veľká Fatra Mountains are ideal for hiking, cycling, paragliding and mountaineering. Fans of hiking love the walks in the valleys of Gaderská and Blatnická dolina with attractive setting and the exciting ascent to the main ridge of the Veľká Fatra Mountains. The Malá Fatra Mountains also offers interesting spots with panoramic views, deep valleys and the waterfall Šútovský vodopád and there are numerous ski centers in both ranges.
Photo: Malá Fatra - Domašínsky meander © Vladimír Putera
The cultural heritage of this region comprises typical villages displaying specimens of popular architecture, stately rural manor houses from different historical periods. The linkage between the national and cultural history in the centre of Turiec, which is the town Martin, is more obvious here than whenever else in Slovakia. Martin as the center of the region concentrates several cultural institutions of national importance. The spa of Turčianske Teplice offers the complete spa cures. Turiec in general is known for abundance of mineral springs (for instance Fatra and Budiš).