Flights to Presov
Presov is a relatively small city situated in eastern Slovakia. Even with a population of only around 91,000 Presov is the third largest city in Slovakia and it features plenty of pretty architecture to see.
There is an airport in Presov though it’s a military air base so there are no flights to Presov directly. International flights to Presov will need to arrive at the Kosice International Airport (airport code: KSC) which is about 50 kilometres away from Presov. There is a bus that goes between Kosice and Presov, so it’s not that difficult a trip. A flight to Kosice with Lufthansa from South Africa will have stops in Munich and Vienna, whereas Virgin Atlantic has a route that goes through London and Prague. Another option would be with Egyptair, and they travel through Cairo and Vienna.
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The Tourist Attractions of Presov:
There’s evidence of a settlement in the Presov region way back as far as the Paleolithic period but Presov itself became more of a town from the 11th century onwards. Presov was named after the strawberries that were growing nearby and strawberries are still seen on the city coat of arms today.
The historical centre of Presov is of most interest to tourists. This attractive part of the city has a warm and charming atmosphere, making this a lovely place to wander around, especially during the summer. There are paved streets and squares lined with pretty churches and other buildings. Presov has some excellent examples of three different types of architecture: Baroque, Rococo, and Gothic. Many of the buildings have characteristic terracotta coloured roofs including the Cathedral of Presov.
A popular landmark is Neptune’s Fountain situated on Main Street in Presov. The fountain features a sculpture of Neptune in the centre, while a crocodile on the edge shoots water at him!
In stark contrast to the attractive historical architecture of Presov centre are many of the buildings in the suburbs. Typical concrete apartment buildings of the Soviet times can be found in the suburbs where there are housing estates full of uninspiring homes. If you’re interested in Soviet era architecture though, this is a good place to visit! There are also a number of Soviet architecture government buildings near the city centre too.
Away from the city centre and the buildings there are nice surroundings where you can enjoy walks and hikes. One of Europe’s long distance walking routes (number E8) actually passes through Presov. This particular trail goes all the way from Cork in Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey, and is designed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
If you don’t fancy tackling the whole 4700 kilometres (2920 miles) of this route you can simply enjoy a walk along the Torysa riverbank path in Presov.
When Should You Visit?:
Presov has a continental climate with quite a range between summertime and wintertime temperatures. Between May and Septmeber are the best times to visit for warm temperatures, ranging as they do between 20C and 25C. The only drawback with the summer is that it’s slightly wetter, and the wettest month of the year is July. In the winter temperatures drop to an average high of 0C in January and winters are usually quite snowy.