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Spała is a well-known resort by the Pilica river in the area of the former Pilicki wilderness, now the Spalski Nature Park. It has good climatic conditions. In the past, Polish kings, Russian tsars and presidents of interwar Poland often participated in hunting which took place in this area.
In Spała there are very interesting architecture monuments, such as: wooden church of 1923 in Zakopane style, brick water tower from the beginning of the 20th century, the historic, cast-iron bridge over the River Pilica, palace settlement buildings (remnants of the palace, the old hotels, etc.). In the center, there is an English-style park with many exotic specimens of trees. Among natural monuments of Spała one can find about 100 magnificent oak trees with a circumference of up to 5 meters. An example of distinguished architecture is a large building of the former coach house and orangery of the twentieth century. A symbol of Spała is a life-size cast-iron statue of a bison, standing in the park in the center of the village.
Spała has elusive charm that makes us understand why so many famous people returned to this small village surrounded by the vast forests.
Hunting traditions are also still living in Spała.

Currently, Spała is known primarily as a center of sport, recreation and leisure. The Sports Centre is one of the most famous in Europe. The complex comprises indoor sports halls and a swimming pool, gyms, spas, massage cryotherapy, tennis courts and hotels.  

Nature Reserve Blue Springs

Blue Springs is a nature reserve situated in the valley of Pilica. It has an outstanding landscape because of one of the most interesting karst phenomena in Europe. From the main water reservoir spurts out water coloured in blue and green.  The colour of the water is effected by the scattered sunlight and depends on the weather conditions, the amount of sunlight or the thickness of the cloud cover. There you can also observe the pulsating geysers of sand thrown by the spring water.

The nature reserve was established  in 1961 in order to protect the karst area and its unique environment. Blue Springs covers the surface of 29 ha. A lot of peculiar bird species live in the reserve, as well as, the huge number of plants of the grass family.


Bison Breeding Centre

It is one of the oldest institutions of this type in Poland. The beginning was the zoo, established in 1934 on the initiative of the Polish President Ignacy Mościcki, whom the Polish community in Canada gave as a gift four buffaloes.

It is one of the oldest institutions of this type in Poland. The beginning was the zoo, established in 1934 on the initiative of the Polish President Ignacy Mościcki, whom the Polish community in Canada gave as a gift four buffaloes.

The name “Bison Breeding Centre in Smardzewice” was not used at the beginning.


At the time of establishment it was called just a zoo. The word “Spała” was added later and for a time the centre was called “Spała Zoo”. When the European bizons joined buffaloes, the name “Bizon Reserve Spała” was more frequently in use. Though very rarely, the name “Książ Zoo” was also used, it was derived from the name of a village in the Smardzewickie  Woods. After the war, the centre was administered by the Nature Protection Board, the authority subordinated to the Ministry of Forestry and Wood Industry. At that time, it was called “Rare Animal Breeding Centre”. In 1976 it was handed over under the administration of Kampinos National Park. Then it was named “Bison Breeding Centre in Smardzewice”.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the centre and the 20th anniversary of its operation in the structure of Kampinos National Park, on the 30 October 1997 the centre was named after the President of the Republic of Poland Ignacy Mościcki.

In 2002 a bizon’s show section for educational and tourist purposes was separated. Today, the centre occupies an area of 72.4 ha. It is located in the protection zone of Spała Landscape Park. The number of breeding flock is kept at the level of 20 heads.

Sulejowski Lake

Located between Sulejów and Smardzewice, about 10 km from Spała.

It is the largest water reservoir in the central Poland and a huge tourist and holiday attraction. The Sulejowski Lake was created in the years 1969 to 1974 by banking up the river Pilica to provide drinking water to Łódź. A front dam is about 1200 m long, maximum 16 m high  and 10 m wide in the top. A tree-span weir is closed by lenses flaps. A hydroelectric power station with the power of 3 MW is built in to the extended outermost right span. To prevent the leak of water, the bottom of the reservoir is sealed by a wrap. Intaking and pumping building is located in Bronisławowo. The place of water intake is connected with Łódź by a 42 km long pipeline. The lake was stocked with special fish species. This magnificent water body, with the area of 2117 ha and the length (along the river) of 17 km, provides unparalleled opportunities to develop tourism and recreation in this part of the country.


The city of Łódź is situated in the center of Poland, about 80 km from Spała. It gained town privileges in 1423. Łódź is the third town in terms of number of population (750 hundred) and the fourth in terms of the area (293,2 km²).

It’s worth to take a stroll on Piotrkowska Street where you can find many restaurants, pubs and discos. It is a cultural center of the city. Lots of theatres, museums and cinemas are settled there.

Restored buildings and manufacturers’ mansions – the Secession and Eclectic monuments are other tourist attractions. The 19th century factories (Poznański’s and Scheibler’s) are the worlds’ unique examples of the industrial architecture.

During your stay in Łódź you can  also visit the European’s biggest urban forest – Łagiewnicki, the Palm House, the Zoo, the Botanical garden or see the mural at 152 Piotrkowska Street.

Transport from Spała to Łódź by bus takes about 1,5 hour. Cost – about 5 euros.


To see Kraków is a necessity.

Kraków – the former capital of Poland – is the largest city of the Macroregion of Southern Poland. It is situated by the biggest Polish river, Vistula which divides the city into two parts. Cracow is one of the greatest monuments of national culture and rich historical past. The city has its immense input in creating Polish political, cultural and social thought. In Kraków you can find the most valuable collections of works of art and monuments of the country and Europe gathered throughout the centuries.

Since many years Cracow has been one of the most commonly visited towns in Poland.
Annually, its architectural treasures are visited and admired by millions of tourists from around the world.

The most valuable Cracow’s monuments are: Wawel Castle, Main Square with its historic buildings, Mariacki Church, Sukiennice, Ratuszowa Tower, Small Square, Mariacki Square, Barbakan, Florioańska Gate.

If you want to spend unforgettable moments in Cracow, we would be happy to help you to organize your stay there. We can hire a bus which will take you to Kraków from Spała (about 170 km) on Sunday. We can also find some cheap rooms for your accommodation. The cost of the transport depends on the number of people willing to visit Cracow. There is an international airport in Cracow. All useful information about flights you can find on the website: www.krakowairport.pl

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