Norway has fjords, and Poland – cliffs and sand. What’s better? We won’t discuss that. One thing for sure: when you’re in the Tricity, it’s impossible to miss the sandy beaches stretching over the horizon. In Gdynia and Sopot, the beach is an integral part of the city. But you should also get into a car or on a train to go and see the coast far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Pomorskie region offers lots of lovely spots for holiday or weekend trips with family or friends. So get moving and hit the road!
The longest peninsula in Poland (40 km long) boasts one of the cleanest beaches in the country and one-of-a-kind landscape. Resorts spread over the thin headland from the Bay of Puck to the open Baltic Sea. You can get from one beach to another just walking across.
It takes about an hour to get there by car, down the 216 road. The first place you’ll pass is the largest town on the peninsula, Władysławowo. Next, there’s Chałupy – a village famous in Poland for its… legendary nudist beach. The largest narrowing of the peninsula is in Kuźnica, whose Kashubian name Kusfeld means “a kissing spot”. This romantic name refers to the sea and the bay, of course. One of the best known seaside resorts are Jastarnia and Jurata. At an airport in Jastarnia, tourist can have a shot at plane flights and skydiving, also tandem. Jurata, the last spot before Hel, boasts one of the most beautiful wild beaches in Poland, surrounded by greenery and picturesque landscapes. The other side of the bay is equally stunning. The climax of the trip is Hel. The town characterised by high exposure to the wind is a mecca of kite- and windsurfers. The wind blowing in Hel constantly transforms the sandy beach located by the open sea (the Large Beach). The Small Beach, located by the bay, is, on the other hand, connected to the town’s infrastructure. Hel is a perfect spot for a family day out, which you can spend visiting a seal sanctuary or a lighthouse.
In short, it’s an area stretching between two well-known Polish resorts – Ustka and Łeba. Covering beautiful, wide beaches and flat terrains, the region is perfect for those who love natural open spaces. There are three coastal lakes nearby – Sarbsko Lake, Łebsko Lake (that’s the largest one) and Gardno Lake, so you can feel a bit like on a peninsula and enjoy two beaches – this time one by the open sea and the other by the lake.
In the Słowiński National Park located nearby, you can see natural shifting sand dunes up to 42 metres high. The dunes have been entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List and appeared as a desert in the Polish film “In Desert and Wilderness” set in the Sahara. It’s the greatest attraction of its kind in Europe, and a perfect idea for a day out. Apart from Ustka, Łeba and Rowy, another spot worth visiting is Orzechowo, with its peaceful and picturesque beach cut in two by the River Orzechówka flowing to the sea.
At the Eastern end of the coast, you’ll find another pearl of the region. The Vistula Spit is situated between the Gdańsk Bay and the Vistula Lagoon. This sandy headland constitutes a border of the European Union, as it’s a border between Poland and Russia. You should definitely stop here for a while to taste fish: fresh, fried or smoked. Any of them! Coming from Gdańsk, the first town you’ll pass is Stegna, next there’s Sztutowo, Kąty Rybackie, and finally, Krynica Morska – the largest town of the spit. Several kilometres towards the border with Russia, you’ll find Wielbłądzi Garb (Camel's Hump). It’s the highest (49.5 metres high) permanent dune, with an observation point surrounded by trees, overlooking the waters of both the Baltic Sea and the Bay. Fauna and flora of this area are under protection, as they’re a part of the Vistula Spit Landscape Park that covers three natural reserves. The last beach on the way is in Piaski, right next to the country border. Here, you’ll definitely feel like at the end of the world, and… there’s a nudist beach here as well.