Welcome to Sanok
Sanok, nestled in a picturesque valley in the Bieszczady Foothills, is the largest city in the region and a logical base for starting your exploration of the Bieszczady. Settled since at least the 10th century, it has been subjected to Ruthenian, Hungarian, Austrian, Russian, German and Polish rule in its eventful history. Sitting on a prominence above the San River, it was here that the uneasy border between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia ran, following their pre-WWII carve up of Poland and before they inevitably came to blows. Though it contains an important industrial zone, its elevated historical centre hasn't been spoiled, and offers an attractive town square and a clutch of worthy sights. Sanok is also the springboard for several fascinating thematic hiking trails, including the Icon Trail that takes in the surrounding countryside’s wealth of wooden churches.