The Tatransky region in the north is one of Slovakia’s most attractive. The Tatras or “miniature Alps” provide a beautiful backdrop to this area renowned for hiking and skiing. Nearby, the northern Spis region has an unusual abundance of visitor attractions including manor houses, monasteries, castles plus the natural beauty of the gorge at Prielom Dunajca. Another central mountainous region is Liptov. Hiking, cycling and skiing are popular pursuits in this area’s forested national parks. In addition, caves and numerous medicinal and thermal springs dot this region.