Spa areas in the cultural landscape of villages on an example of Solec-Zdrój spa

key words: village, spa, cultural landscape, spa area

Summary:

The aim of the article was to examine the relations between the cultural landscape of villages and the spa areas located in them based on an example of Solec-Zdrój village in Świętokrzyskie Voivodship. Tourism industry, including spa industry (eg. Solec-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój and other) has been present in the Polish rural areas for hundreds of years. It has been taking advantage of the landscape treated as an easily accessible material for the pro-duction of tourist attractions. Tourism and culture are closely related. Tourism enriches, protects and popularises cultural heritage. The widely understood cul-ture becomes an important element of touristic programmes, promotes culture and tourism-related journeys. Moreover, it has a well-defined place in the sightseeing, spa, study, educational, linguistic, alternative and pilgrim tourism. Cultural tour-ism constitutes one of the fastest developing segments of the global tourism mar-ket. The demeanour of self-governments and citizens, who seek sources of income in the development of tourism, is also relevant. The situation of spa towns and vil-lages with extra qualities, such as medicinal waters, microclimate and cultural heritage including the objects of spa infrastructure, is extremely beneficial.

Citation:

Gonda-Soroczyńska E. 2011. Spa areas in the cultural landscape of villages on an example of Solec-Zdrój spa. Infrastruktura i Ekologia Terenów Wiejskich. Nr 2011/ 01