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WATERS AND DESERTS OF JURA

 

Although Jura is dry and sandy (results of a heavy rainfall usually vanish in 15 minutes), picturesque fish-breeding ponds and artificial reservoirs can be found there.

 

Unfortunately, water sports centres are not being built in Jura because ownership of land has not been regulated and no one dares to invest in properties without a clear owner. And so a deadlock continues for years...

 

Still, if we want to spend some time by the water and we look for well prepared facilities, we can go to Poraj, Siamoszyce or Pogoria. However, if we look for wild and romantic places, we should enjoy the reservoir in Kostkowice or the ponds in Przylubsko.

 

Canoeing trips on wild rivers, Pilica and Warta, are highlights of the region. It should be, however, noted that such a trip will require carrying the kayak or raft round the numerous water obstacles.

 


 

SIEDLECKA DESERT

 

This 25 hectare area of the old sand quarry near the village of Siedlce in Czestochowa of community Janów. Extensive sandy surface is covered with pine occasionally so it is a paradise for lovers of motorsport : 4x4 off-road vehicles or fans quads or motorcycles enduro who want to try their hand in the desert .

 

This place rallies, conventions and tourist scouts and sports competitions in various disciplines in extreme conditions.

 

The local population cultivates the image " oasis " and in accordance with the intention of you here sometimes (though regretfully say : rarely ), meet at local events and festivities, " Bedouins " on real, live camels .


BLEDOW DESERT

 An incredible area of deep, impassable sands, bushes and pines. It stretches from Bledów (part of Dabrowa Gornicza) to Klucze in the Malopolskie Voivodship and forms an irregular rectangle that is 10 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide. In this biggest desert in Europe the thickness of sand is around 60 metres and it is here that the effect of mirage (typical of deserts such as Sahara) has been observed. In the communist times, which luckily belong to the past, it had been decided that the desert should be forested, which destroyed its former uniqueness.

It was here that the film Faraon by Jerzy Kawalerowicz was shot.

A small river – Biala Przemsza – traverses the desert.

Since the beginnings of the 20th century the desert became a military training ground, i.a. for the Polish Legions. The special qualities of this area were also appreciated by the Wehrmacht officers who organised trainings of the Africa Corps here. A famous Rommel’s Bunker on Gora Czubatka was long a reminder of those events. After the war the northern part of the desert became a military training ground again, this time for the Polish air assault brigades, and Ministry of Defence still denies access to this part because of unexploded bombs that might be there.

 

The Bledowska Desert currently waits for investment in tourism that will emphasise the exceptional features of this area.

 

In the meantime it is a wonderful place for scouts, survival and off road cars fans and those who want to experience a sandy trek before travelling far away.