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Named for the Jurassic period limestone that forms the region, the Jura has a seemingly endless amount of outcrops, towers, and caves hidden across the landscape between Krakow and Czestochowa. The average Polish landscape is characterized by rolling forested hillsides, small farms and little towns with beautiful churches, usually more inviting to invading armies then climbers... This region has a nice exception, the tiny hills are covered with rocks! Many of these hills have medieval castles at their tops, originally designed to utilize the natural outcrops for added protection. Unfortunately many of them were destroyed when Poland was invaded by the Swedes in the 1650s. Exploring the castles can be a fun rest day activity. The castle at Bobolice has jousting tournaments. The Olsztyn castle has a firework and laser light show every fall. An other interesting thing to look out for is the Meta Minardi, the most poisonous spider in Poland, which lives in caves north of Krakow.
Located in south central Poland. Train or plain to Krakow. Best to have a good road map and a rentel car from there...
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