Route 31: Accompanied by music
Zakliczyn, Paleśnica (9 km) Jamna (15 km) Jastrzębia (21 km) Kończyska (31 km) Zakliczyn (33 km)
33 km, 3,5 h, difficulty – medium
Altitude profile of the route:
Rożnów Foothills is an extremely attractive region for cycling. Although there are no great mountains here, on this route we will face a quite demanding uphill ride to Jamna. We start at the market square in Zakliczyn with the historic town hall – the city famous for the Bean Festival. We leave west by Mickiewicza Street, where we pass the museum "Under the Scale" located in a historic cottage and the 18th-century church. Having passed the bridge on the Wolanka Stream, we turn left onto Grabina Street, and next to the cemetery, we are heading towards the Mogiła Massif rising in front of us. In Zdonia we go right next to the school, after a while we turn left. Cycling between the farmsteads, we go up to the scenic ridge, and then descend to the Paleśnianka Valley. We take road No 975 to the right by a scenic gorge of Paleśnianka. We pass Paleśnica with a classicistic church on the right, and after the sports field we turn left to the side asphalt road. We ride a charming valley following the green bike trail. The flat road ends at a small parking lot, from where begins a steep climb to Jamna. Behind the church we turn left, follow the black trail by 600 m, then turn right off the trail into the forest and take a wonderful downhill ride (passing a climatic camping site with a resting shelter on the way), heading to Jastrzębia. After reaching the main road, we turn left and then right up the hill. After over a 2-kilometer climb, we turn left and head towards Sucha Góra (406 m a.s.l.). Just before the peak, on the trail crossing, we go straight ahead along the black tourist trail (and green bike trail). We descend to Zakliczyn. In front of the monastery of the Bernardine Sisters we turn right and go to the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. Then, at the junction behind the trails, we go left, and at the monastery of the Franciscans to the right. We cross the road No 975 and cycle along Jagiellońska Street to reach the market square, where we finish the trip.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Bean Festival in Zakliczyn – the largest event in the Carpathian Foothills promoting a regional product, namely bean called "Piękny Jaś from the Dunajec Valley". The event takes place in the first decade of September each year.
2. Historic small-town buildings in Zakliczyn – with wooden houses having eaves protruding in front of the facades. The best preserved buildings of this type are located at Mickiewicza Street. One of them is the "House with Scale" from 1769 (which currently houses the regional chamber). A Baroque parish church from 1768 can be found nearby. The central part of the Market Square is occupied by a neo-Gothic town hall from the first half of the 19th century.
3. The church in Paleśnica – built in 1808 from stone, one-nave with a built-in chapel and porch. Inside, the 19th century altars and organs from 1901.
4. Jamna – a peak in the central part of the Rożnów Foothills with a viewpoint. At the peak next to the church there is a memorial to the local residents murdered during the pacification actions and fallen partisans of the Home Army. Under the peak we can find the Chatka Włóczykija hostel.
5. The church in Jastrzębia – erected at the beginning of the 16th century. It lies on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Małopolska region. Inside, there is a baptismal font from the 17th century and a pulpit from the 18th century.
6. The "Grociarnia" regional chamber in Jastrzębia – an exhibition covering ethnographic collections gathered from the immediate area.
7. The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice – its idea is to develop the musical talents of the most talented young musicians through master classes, workshops and lectures. In addition, concerts and festivals also take place here. The centre consists of a concert hall for 650 people, a library and teaching rooms. Next to it, there is the classicistic manor of Krzysztof Penderecki himself from the beginning of the 19th century.
8. Monastery complex of Franciscans in Zakliczyn – built in 1651 in the Baroque style. The interior design of the monastery church comes from the 17th–19th century, including the polychromy attributed to famous painter Jacek Malczewski.