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Lovely main square, close to Slovensky Raj & Spisske Hrad
Not much nightlife...
In a nutshell
for a vacation from your vacation, not a bad choice...
Levoca's bus and train station are about 1.5km south of the town. We used buses for all our trips to and from Levoca. The tourist office has bus timetables to popular places such as Spisska Nova Ves and Spisske Podhradie (for Spis Castle) but in some cases the times they gave were different to the times down at the station, which, once or twice, were different from the times when the buses eventually left.
Before visiting Levoca we were in Tatranska Lominca, in the High Tatras, and we took a direct bus from here to Levoca, a journey of 1 hr 20 minutes.
There is a large supermarket, Billa, beside the bus station. I tried shopping there twice but the queues were so long I had to drop what I was buying and run for our bus which was about to leave.
There is also a train station in Levoca and we planned to catch a train to Spisska Nova Ves on our last day as we were getting another train from there to Trnava. However, then we got to the train station we found it rather empty and abandoned. The building was locked, there was no one around, apart from two drunks asleep on the platform, and there was little indication that there would be a train that day, if ever. So we went by bus instead.
The whole area around the bus station and train station is a little depressing and in complete contrast to the town itself. There is another bus stop nearer the town, at Stefana Kluberta Square, just outside the town gate at Kosicka in the north-east of the town. All buses going east pass this way so it's much more useful than the main bus station.
Written Sep 10, 2006
Levoca is a small place and there are not too many places to shop for food. There is a big Billa supermarket at the bus station but this is about 1km south-east of the town. There is also a small shop on the south side of the main square which opens fairly late and sells a small amount of goods - water, chocolate, beer, alcohol, etc.
Updated Sep 15, 2006
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.
Updated Sep 15, 2006