It is a beautiful town located at 350-400 m above sea level, in the Nowy Sącz province, Lesser Poland region. Three mountain ranges converge in the Łącko area: Beskid Wyspowy, Beskid Sądecki and Gorce; Dunajec and Czarna Woda rivers flow through its very heart.
The name of the town is a topographic one – it derives from Polish ‘łąka’ (meadow), as there are many of those in the Łącko area.
It is 6 km long and up to 1.5 km wide. It is bordered by a mountain range near Jazowsko; Dunajec flows through that mountain range into a wide, intermontane Sącz Basin.
This region is physiographically varied. Village and town centers are located on the foothills of mountains, whereas hamlets are spread across slopes and ridges. Favorable locations, near popular tourist destinations and resorts such as Szczawnica, Krościenko, Niedzica, Stary Sącz or Piwniczna makes Łącko a perfect starting point for excursions. The town is also located near border-crossing points in Piwniczna, Niedzica and Szczawnica.
There are many interesting, beautiful tourist trails starting in Łącko: one leading to the top of Modyń (1032 m above sea level), Dzwonkówka (984 MAMSL) Przechyla ( 1178 MAMSL), as well as a trail into Gorce mountains and a range of the Radziejowa. Several bike trails, with different difficulty levels, are also marked out and signposted all over the municipality area.
CAPITAL OF THE BLOOMING ORCHARDS
The Łącko municipality, also known as the ‘capital of blooming orchards’, is considered the cradle of the Lesser Poland’s horticulture. It is famous for its rich plum, apple, and cherry orchards, as well as for its blackcurrant. In spring, when flowers are blossoming, the entire area becomes one charming, blooming garden.
Climate conditions in the area are favorable to the development of horticulture. Łącko’s location – in a mountainous terrain – allows for a temperate climate facilitating plant production in the region, especially horticulture.
At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, horticulture thrived, mainly thanks to Fr. Jan Piaskowy. ‘There are many anecdotes relating to the period of his activity. For example, that he demanded 10-15 fruit trees be planted as atonement for sins, depending on the type and number of one’s faults’. Another promoter of horticulture was the then school principal, Stanisław Wilkowicz who, upon prior examination of geological and climatic conditions of the environment, as well as the topography, concluded that the best way to rebuild Łącko’s economy would be to grow fruit trees. He and his pupils grew the first seedlings out of seeds, and gave them to students at the end of the school year so that they may continue planting them. ‘Today, the Łącko basin could be called a fruit paradise. Wheat fields covered with trees, buildings hidden deep in their boughs. Branches of the finest apple species are supported by perches, bending under the overwhelming weight of their fruit’ – that is the effect of strenuous work of our persistent fruit growers.
THE APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL AND FRUIT-PICKING
In May 1947, the first Apple Blossom Festival was organized in Łącko; it later became an annual event in the calendar of regional festivals of the Sącz region. It is celebrated every year in the first half of May; its program includes many interesting events, such as performances by folk bands from different regions of Poland and other countries, brass orchestra reviews, concerts by popular Polish musicians, as well as exhibitions of local folk art.
The second biggest event in the region is the Łącko Fruit-Picking, promoting the region and the work of our farmers and fruit growers.
During those events, we also organize tastings of the original Łącko ‘śliwowica’ [slivovitz, plum brandy], very popular in our country and abroad.