A small town in southeast Poland, beautiful Sanok is considered to be the gateway to the Bieszczady foothils of the Carpathian Mountains. As you might have guessed, this makes it particularly appealing for hikers looking to tackle more modest, pastoral peaks than what you'll find in the Tatras. Closest to town, there's the 70 km (43.5 mile) Icon Trail, a popular trek that directs visitors on foot, bike or horseback through the countryside's ubiquitous wooden churches (this may sound quaint, but these structures are actually really impressive). As you move further south into the Bieszczady National Park, peaks like the twin summits of Tarnica (1,346 m) and Krzemień (1,335 m) beckon with slopes that provide easy day hikes and outstanding panoramic vistas. You're also likely to come across farmer's huts and remnants of old villages along your trek, adding to the historic feel of the area.
For those who prefer getting out on the water, the 113 km (70 mile) stretch of river between Sanok and Przemysl is ideal for kayak and canoe runs. The town also houses interesting architecture of its own to explore, including a 17th century Franciscan monastery and a castle which dates back to 1514.