In the magnificent Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, between the villages of Klucze, Chechlo and Bledow, on the border of Lesser Poland and Silesian Voivodships, there is an unusual attraction - the Bledow Desert, which attracts numerous tourists from all over the region. The area, known as the ''Polish Sahara'', is the largest area of inland sand in Europe and, although it has become quite overgrown in recent decades and there have not been many open stretches of sand, it has been heavily weeded in recent years and is now still extremely interesting. The Bledow Desert was created by people, who cut down trees to build shafts for the nearby mines. Exposed stretches of land were subjected to wind and sun which has further altered the terrain. A specific microclimate was created, dunes, sandstorms could be observed. As a result, the Bledow Desert even had an area of 150 km2. In the 1960s, the desert was planted with Scots pine, red oak and Caspian willow to stabilise the sands. The gradual overgrowth of the desert has meant that the desert is now about 33 km2 in area.
Information: During a trip to the Bledow Desert it is worth visiting viewpoints from which you can admire its beautiful panorama. The first of them is Czubatka Hill in Klucze (382 m above sea level), with the ruins of a German WWII command post and an observation tower of the Olkusz Forest Inspectorate. There are information boards and benches on the hill where you can rest after the hike to the top. The second viewpoint is Dabrowka in Chechlo (355 m).
Opening hours: 24 hours a day
Price list: free of charge
Location of the attraction: It is located in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, a few kilometres above Olkusz and an hour's drive from Krakow. It is located on the border of two voivodeships: Silesia and Lesser Poland.