Stecówka is a hamlet situated on the mountain top, which belongs to the village of Istebna, in the vicinity of the Barania Góra range in the Silesian Beskids. The place is frequently visited - mainly because of the location of the hiking routes, leading towards the Barania Góra massif. On Stecówka, there is a church is Our Lady of Fatima, which lies on the Wooden Architecture Trail. The hikers can stay here in a mountain hostel.
The Olza River is formed by combining several small mountain streams, flowing mostly on the western slopes of Gańczorka (909 m), Tyniok (891) and Koczy Castle (846). The symbolic source of the Olza is considered one of the outflows, located at Gańczorka. One of the biking trails marked in the vicinity of Istebna leads to this place, although the last part of the route is more suitable for a pedestrian crossing.
The wooden church of Saint Joseph in Istebna stands in a picturesque hamlet called Mlaskawka. It was moved here only just in 1997. Originally, it served residents in the hamlet of Trzycatek Jaworzynka, where it had been built in 1948 as a thanksgiving offering for the survival of the Second World War. The church is a traditional log cabin construction, with an interesting interior decorated with works by local artists.
If someone is athirst for highlander culture, whose one of the most important elements is traditional pastoralism, should direct their steps to the Centrum Pasterskie (Sheephook Center) in Koniaków. It is located on the slopes of Mount Ochodzita, a vantage peak in the Silesian Beskid. The farm of Piotr Kohut offers a visit to this typical mountain hut, in which we can see the production of sheep cheese called oscypek and then taste it. We can also buy souvenirs in the local “highlander” shop.
The Museum of Lace is one of a few galleries in Koniaków presenting the intricate craft. The museum was established in 1962 to commemorate the most famous lacemaker - Maria Gwarek. In the museum we can see the exhibition presenting the art of lacemaking - from almost 150-year-old women's bonnets to contemporary handmade products, such as lingerie and tablecloths. Of particular note is an unfinished tablecloth, made at a special request of Queen Elizabeth II.
Pizzeria „u Kruka” to miejsce, gdzie w przytulnej, niemalże domowej atmosferze można posilić się nie tylko bardzo dobrą pizza, ale także innymi potrawami zarówno kuchni włoskiej jak i miejscowej. A wszystko to za naprawdę rozsądną cenę. Pizzeria znajduje się na parterze naszego pensjonatu w Koniakowie.