Lesko County

Lesko County (Pol. powiat leski) is one of 21 land counties in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland. It covers an area of 834.9 km², its total population is 26,000 people, the population density is 32.1 p/km². The county's administrative centre is Rzeszów. Lesko County was formed on January 1, 1999 as a result of an administrative reform.

Like Bieszczady County, Lesko County lies within Bieszczady mountain massif. There is a branched system of walking, equestrian and cycling tourist routes. In local agrotourism farms the owners offer not only accommodation, but also provide a chance to apprehend the traditional rural life of Subcarpathia, try traditional Polish cuisine and get acquainted with the local culture and customs. Many estates provide the opportunity for horse riding, playing tennis, renting a bike or boat for rafting.

Bieszczady Forest Railway is considered to be one of the biggest tourist attractions not only in Bieszczady, but in the whole Subcarpathian Voivodeship. It was created in the late XIXth century and was used for the transportation of timber and people during the logging operations. Nowadays it is used only in tourist purposes. It is managed by Bieszczady Railway Fund in the village of Maidan, which maintains train operations on the following routes: Maidan- Przyslup, Maidan-Wola Michowa, Maidan-Balnica. The railway operates mainly in the warm season, the journeys are accompanied by different attractions, such as attacks of robbers etc.

In the village of Polańczyk, Lesko County, there operates Polańczyk spa resort, where amid Bieszczady landscapes everyone can relax and improve his/her health. For those who like ski alpine tourism there are such sport and tourist centres on the territory of Bieszczady County:

  • Bystré ski lift, Bystré
  • Lesko SKI ski lift, Weremień
  • Kalnica ski lift, Kalnica
  • Cisna ski lift, Cisna

Worth seeing:

Sacred architecture and cemeteries

  • Jewish cemetery (1611), Lesko
  • Synagogue (1626-1654), Lesko
  • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary church (1539, 1760, 1889), Lesko
  • Church of the Transfiguration (1818-1820), Manasterzec


  • Castle of the Kmita family (1507), Lesko
  • Ruins of Sobieski Castle (14-15th centuries), Manasterzec

Other architectural sights

  • Parochial house (1890), Lesko
  • Town Hall (1894), Lesko

Sights of nature and protected areas

  • Góry Słonne (Słonne Mountains) Landscape Park
  • Cisna-Wetlina Landscape Park