The most popular trails lead to Mt. Zar (on foot or by cable car), Kocierska Pass (access possible by car) and to Leskowiec. Hostels are rather rare, but you can find some on Magurka Wilkowicka, Szyndzielnia, and Leskowiec.
Thanks to the easy, mild slopes of the Beskid Maly Mountains, many trails are also feasible by bike. One of the recommendable cycling trails leads from Bukowiec to Kocierska and back.
There are three artificial lakes along the Sola River: Lake Czanieckie, Miedzybrodzkie and Zywieckie. Canoe, boat, and pedal boats are all available through different equipment rental places, and the area can be recommended for its fishing. The most popular water resorts are Porabka, Miedzybrodzie Zywieckie, Miedzybrodzie Bialskie and Tresna. When in Tresna, try the delicious fresh trout at one of the local inns.
Among the most interesting old towns and villages in the area are Andrychow (regional museum, old palace and Baroque church), Lodygowice (old wooden church), and the main city of Bielsko-Biala (castle, main square with town hall, cathedral).
The best skiing conditions can be found in Bielsko-Biala, with pistes on Szyndzielnia, Debowiec, Klimczok and Magurka. Mt Zar, situated near Miedzybrodzie Zywieckie, has one of the longest runs in the Beskidy Mountains, plus cable car access.
Take a cable car trip
There are two cable cars in the area – to Szyndzielnia (in Bielsko-Biala) and Zar. Both are open all year round. From the top you can admire views of nearby mountain ranges, including Lake Miedzybrodzkie from Zar.
There are several caves in the area, some of them protected for their interesting geological formations, including Komonieckiego Cave on the slopes of Mt Posredni Gron.
Try gliding or paragliding
Zar, is an unusual mountain that has a lake on the top, created as part of a water power station. It has excellent conditions to try paragliding and gliding, with a local school of gliding and paragliding offering courses of various levels.
Visit places connected with John Paul II
While in the Beskid Maly, you may want to visit the nearby town of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, the Polish Pope, was born. There are more places connected with John Paul II in the area, such as a chapel on the top of Jaworzyna commemorating the pope’s frequent visits there. There is an easy trail “of white hearts” leading from Ryki to the top, prepared especially for less able people who still wish to visit the sanctuary.
Children will enjoy a visit to one of the best toy theatres in Poland – “Banialuka” in Bielsko-Biala. Another attraction is the cable-car trip to the top of Mt Zar and then viewing the power station at the top.