The region of Orava lies in the north-western part of Slovakia, on the border with the Poland. The border crossing in environs of the village Oravská Polhora is also the northernmost point of Slovakia. The axis of the region is the Orava river.
Region possesses almost everything a tourist may wish. The mountains ranges Malá Fatra, Chočské vrchy and above all Západné Tatry - Roháče are the paradise for hikers, cyclists and visitors. Lovers of hiking like to climb the Roháče Mts. and to the passes over the west Tatra ridge. Walks in environs of Oravice or ascents to the Babia hora or Veľký Choč peaks are also among the favourites.
Winter months in Orava are equally charming. Down-hill skiing in Zuberec and its environs including Kubínska hoľa or cross-country ski tracks through the Skorušinské vrchy and Oravská Magura mountains provide an unforgettable experience to skiers of Slovakia and from abroad. Orava also has architectural monuments in every commune. The most valuable of them is the Castle of Orava towering above the eponymous river.
Samples of old popular architecture can be found in villages of Orava. They are also concentrates in the monument reserve of popular architecture in Podbiel and Open-Air Museum in Zuberec. The most important samples of old sacral architecture are wooden churches in Tvrdošín, Leštiny and Istebné. The best place for recreation next to water is the dam Oravská priehrada.
Districts: Dolný Kubín, Námestovo, and Tvrdošín.
Source: Vydavateľstvo DAJAMA