Piestany © Bjalek Michal
Located just an hour's drive north of Bratislava, PiešÅ¥any is Slovakia's premier spa resort town and a great place to go for tourists looking to relax and rejuvenate in style. The range and quality of treatment available in PiešÅ¥any is world class. But due to its relative obscurity, it is far more affordable than similar spa towns in more tried-and-tested areas around the continent.
PiešÅ¥any is situated in the beautiful, forested region of the Vah River Valley and is fringed by mountains to the north. The spas are the town's main attractions, catering to mostly foreign patients with chronic rheumatic and arthritic diseases. In the summer, tourists arrive looking for mud therapy, massages, and even dietary advice.
PiešÅ¥any offers a range of accommodation and resort amenities, like a nine-hole golf course, Jacuzzis, and steam baths. Other sights and activities in the town include a 13th-century monastery and a number of great walking and hiking trails.
In summer, PiešÅ¥any hosts a popular arts festival as well as celebrations of country and folk music. Budget-conscious travellers looking to spend some time in a top-class European spa resort should seriously consider PiešÅ¥any, which, like the rest of Slovakia, is an unassuming gem of a European holiday destination.