Namestie Majstra Pavla 55, Levoca, 05401, Slovakia
Levoca's best option
We actually tried to email and contact quite a few of the other options in Levoca from London but this was the only one we had any response from.
It's one of the more expensive at 1700sk for a double room for a night, but it was worth it. We paid a lot more in Kosice for a room that was a bit divey.
Breakfast is not worth the crowns, so go out and grab a coffee in the main square. The hotel is as central as you can get, on the square next to the tourist office. Staff are a bit on the sour side, actually the woman in the cafe/bar was downright rude, but they seemed happier in the morning. Funny, because it's the opposite way round for me!
Unique Quality: In fact, our room was so good that apparently a President had stayed there. A photo on the wall testified that Vaclev Havel had once slept in our room. Very grand!!
Not a major hotel, so don't expect a swimming pool or anything like that. The bar/cafe was closed by 10pm... Actually, most of Levoca was closed by 10pm!!
Nice, clean, BIG, modern rooms though. Alas, the only English language TV channel was CNN.
Directions: Beside the Tourist Office, opposite the church.
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Slovensky Raj (Slovakia Paradise) is a national park near Levoca. We spent a day hiking through the park, doing a loop from Cingov on the park's eastern edge. It was quite an exhausting day as we hiked for 9 hours, with only 2 small stops. When we got back to Cingov we had issed the last bus so we had a further hour-and-a-half hike to the nearest town, Spisska Nova Ves. Despite all the hiking and despite losing my camera in the park, Slovensky Raj was still the highlight of our trip to Slovakia. Some of the hikes are fairly challenging and there is an assortment of chains, ladders and bridges to take you over the trickier parts. There is much more about our hike in the park on my Slovensky Raj page.
Spis Castle is one of the highlights of Slovakia. It overlooks the town of Spisske Podhradie, which is 15 km east of Levoca. We took the bus from Levoca and as we approached the town we had a grea tview of the castle. It looks stunning on its hilltop location. From the castle there is a lovely view of the surrounding countryside and you can see all the way to the High Tatras in the distance.
Slovakia biggest minority group is the Roma people and the largest numbers of Roma we saw were in Eastern Slovakia, especially around Levoca and Spisska Podhradie. I've read that there are occasional problems between the Roma and Slovaks, but none of this was apparent to us. The Roma way of life is similar to that of the Travelling Community in Ireland but I think the Roma are more prominent to visitors in Slovakia than the travelling community are in Ireland.
Spissky Stvrtok-St. Ladislav's Church
Spissky Stvrtok is an small village on the important crossroad in the region. Main attraction of the village is an beautifull church on the top of the small hill. The oldest enduring written mention of the village is from 1263. It is mentioned under the names Stwertek, Čtwrtek and later Štvrtok (Thursday), in accordance with the market that took place in the village on that day. In 1412 it became the seat of the Province of the 16 Spis towns (those which were not a part of the pledge by the Polish King).
St. Ladislav's Church was built before Tartars' raid. It is known this due to the Romanesque windows on the church's tower. In 1402, a new Gothic church with one nave was built. The tower is built in both Romanesque and Gothic style. This is my favourite church in whole Slovakia... really beautifull, ancient, excellent position... it's great just to be there... even on an very windy day as we did.
The old ecclesiastical settlement of Spisska Kapitula lies on a ridge just above the town of Spisske Podhradie, about a 15 minute bus ride from Levoca.
Catch the bus from namestie Stefana Kluberta, just by the north east city gate of Levoca. Make sure you ask the driver to let you off at Spisska Kapitula or ask a friendly local on the bus. You stop the bus by pressing the white button in the ceiling.
Spisske Podhradie is an easy 5 minute walk down the hill from Kapitula.
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