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      24.07.2010 11:27
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      One of the most pleasant villages on Lake Solina

      Zawoz is located in the South-Eastern corner of Poland is on the shores of Lake Solina. Although Zawoz is more isolated than the likes of Wolkowyja and Bukowiec, it has a bit more going for it and is served by more or less the same bus routes, so if you are visiting without your own vehicle, it just means that bus tickets will be ever so slightly more dearer and travel times about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Zawoz is no bigger than either village but it has better amenities and a nice character.

      The church is prettier than the modern monstrosities that can be found in the other two villages and there are more recreational possibilities. Zawoz is surrounded by little beaches and if you rent a pedal boat, even the beach close to Wolkowyja is quicker to get to than from Wolkowyja itself. Some houses are on the hillside but the majority are around two small roads dotted with picturesque gardens.

      Bicycle hire and kayaking are other possibilities but the most comfortable factor is that the beaches are close, so the visitor can alternate between bar and beach with ease, several times throughout the day. Overall Zawoz has much more of a family feel to it and there are swings, sand pits, tennis courts, pool tables, air hockey and billiards available.

      It's not as ideal for hiking with just the one red trail leading to Bukowiec and is on a bit of a peninsular with no particularly sizeable mountains to climb, it is however relatively close to Terka where the monastery could be of interest to some visitors.

      After 5pm there's little chance of leaving Zawoz by public transport, so if you are visiting for the day take this into consideration or you could be in for a lengthy walk to Bukowiec (7km away), there's plenty of accommodation available in Zawoz, mostly in the form of small wooden chalets or bigger wooden houses that command higher prices, there's nothing to suggest they are not worth paying the extra though.

      As with other neighbouring places, Zawoz has a very seasonal feel to it and it appears that many of the houses are relatively new, if you are looking for old buildings you are in the wrong place but the village is warm and the prices in the shops and pubs are very cheap which may counter-balance the extra price for accomodation and tickets to other nearby destinations.

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