Picturesquely located along the Grajcarek River, Szczawnica (shchahv-nee-tsah) was a popular spa in the 19th century, and remains a favourite summer resort. Taking the waters and kicking back in sanatoria are only some of its attractions. It also has some modest ski slopes and is the disembarkation point for Dunajec Gorge raft trips.
The town spreads out for 4km along the main road, ul Główna, and is divided into two sections, Szczawnica Niżna (Szczawnica Lower) to the west and Szczawnica Wyżna (Szczawnica Upper) to the east, with the bus station more or less in between. Most of the tourist and spa facilities are in the upper section, which also boasts most of the fine old timber houses.