The 10.3 km long Zádielska canyon was created by the Blatný stream in massive limestone layers. This stream creates small waterfalls and cascades here. Zádielska dolina is located in the eastern part of the Slovak Karst. In some places it is only 10 m wide and its limestone walls reach a relative height of over 310 m. The valley includes an approximately 3.8 km long monumental karst gorge called NPR Zádielska gorge. Zádiel Strait was declared a national nature reserve in 1954. It is the deepest strait in Slovakia.

Of the stone formations in the canyon, the 105-meter-high Sugarloaf (Cukrová homoľa), which was modeled by the erosive action of water, is particularly interesting. It is the highest towering rock formation in Slovakia.

How to get there:

The best starting points for the valley are the villages Zádiel (from the south) and Bôrka (from the north). You can get to the village Zádiel by turning from the village Dvorníky – Včeláre from the 1st class road 16 (I / 16) leading in the route Zvolen – Lučenec – Rožňava – Košice.

You can get to the village Bôrka by turning at the village Lipovník from the same road I / 16.

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Autorka fotografií: Alexandra Ibos