Dunes, palaces and amazing nature. We visit the Lebork Land.
A bit of history, lots of monuments and lots of nature. Lebork Land located between Wejherowo and Slupsk is an area where it is worth staying for longer. There is a lot of medieval history in Lebork, and Leba is an invitation to a unique meeting with the nature of the Slowinski National Park and a real seaside phenomenon - moving dunes.
Lebork Land, as the name suggests, first invites you to its largest city, Lebork. The history of the village situated along the Pomorskie Way of St. James, takes us back to medieval times and is associated with the activities of the Teutonic Order. When visiting Lebork, it is impossible not to pay attention to the fourteenth-century defensive walls and towers. These are the remains of old, over 1200-meter-long fortifications. In the area you will also find the remains of the former Teutonic castle with towers and the 14th-century complex, which was once the seat of the Teutonic mayor.
The most important monument in the city is the Sanctuary of St. James, whose construction was completed in 1345, and till today impresses with, among others 18th century ivory tabernacle. The Gothic brick church is the seat of the Franciscan monastery and is located on the pilgrimage route to the Spanish Santiago de Compostela. Leaving Lebork, it is worth going North, towards the Baltic Sea and the enchanted world of the Slowinski National Park.
Palaces and nature reserves
Before we reach Leba, we pass through the "palace" village of Wicko. The palace in Poraj, over 100 years old, inscribed on the list of monuments, the palace in Charbrow from 1660 or the 16th century palace in Nowecin are examples of magnificent, dignified architecture from years ago. But Wicko and its surroundings are also very green areas. Along the Slowinski Coast you can admire Lebsko, the third largest lake in Poland and the Leba Spit, which separates it from the sea through a thin land line. There are nature reserves here, led by the Sarbska Mierzeka separating the Sarbsko Lake from the Baltic Sea.
You can find moving dunes here, the height of which can reach even 24 m above the sea level.
Walking down the dunes
The northern part of the Lebork Land is primarily the Slowinski National Park. A paradise for nature lovers, lakes, peat bogs, forests, meadows, flora and fauna. A paradise for those who want peace and quiet, want to breathe fresh sea air, feel the breeze from the Baltic Sea. The Slowinski National Park consists of moving dunes and many interesting facts that you can explore on your own or with a guide. One of the curiosities is the fact that until the dunes cover themselves with vegetation, they move in accordance with the rhythm of the blowing wind. Walking on the dunes (only on the routes marked by the employees of the Slowinski National Park!) Sometimes resembles a trip around the desert. The fact that we are at the seaside and not on hot sands reminds us of the wind, which constantly comes from the Baltic Sea.
The best starting point for walks on the dunes and the Slowinski National Park is Leba. It's a small coastal town with great infrastructure. You will find hotels, guesthouses, apartments, restaurants, cafes here. Leba enchants with its location: from the north it opens to the Baltic Sea, from the east it borders with the Sarbsko Lake, and from the west it envelops the Lebsko Lake and the Slowinski National Park.
Although today Leba is primarily a destination for tourists and nature lovers, one should not forget that it is also an old port, fishing centre and marina. In spring and summer, Leba offers a number of attractions for children and adults. In Leba You find a sand dune, a park, but also a beautiful, wide beach, on which we lounger until sunset.
There is a town in Poland, located at the Baltic Sea, enwrapped by two lakes, interwoven by picturesque river, lying among forests abundant in treasures and exuberant nature. It is a magical place where you and I can feel like someone very special all year round - Łeba
In springtime it is both an immediate destination and a home for the flocks of wild geese, cormorants, swans and ducks. Birds' sounds always wake Łeba inhabitants from the winter sleep.
Łeba's therapeutical microclimate, high content of salt and iodine in the air, high insolation as well as extraordinary dynamics of the atmospheric changes have a positive impact on human organisms.
Łeba is also a paradise for fishers, Nordic Walking enthusiasts, cyclists and the fans of such sport disciplines as windsurfing, diss wave, kite surfing or sailing. An interesting attraction is a modern yacht marina with excellent facilities able to house even up to 120 units. Amber, richly provided to Łeba by the sea, attracts a multitude of collectors searching for natural treasures on the local beaches each year.
In the summer time Łeba turns into a big maritime resort. Its cafes, stores, stalls and discos throb with life since the very morning. Everyone will find something for themselves here and a friendly atmosphere accompanied by the hospitality of the local people allow using the sweets of this incredible place in full.
Łeba is beloved not only by the enthusiasts of active leisure and lying on the beach but also water sports celebrities, actors, painters and writers. It is undoubtedly a place which may successfully compete with the world's best resorts.
During the summer season Łeba never falls asleep, it hosts a grand fiesta which is a compensation for those weary with work, those awaiting a love of their life, an adventure or extraordinary attractions. Only here will you spend your time in a friendly atmosphere: barbecuing, sitting by a bonfire, walking or having fun on a beautiful and unique beach.
Staying in Łeba provides a perfect chance to compare the values of its varied landscape. Situated in the neighbourhood of the Slovincian National Park (Słowiński Park Narodowy), Łeba allows to use in full the benefits of its unique nature, moving sand dunes, original vegetation and vast forests covering the shores of local lakes.
The sun tan is more intense here due to sun rays reflected in the spotlessly clean sand.
Hospitable Łeba inhabitants do care for comfort and attractiveness of the stay, offering top quality service in hotels, holiday centres, guest houses, camping sites, and private accommodation venues.
Restaurants, bars and pubs serve regional cuisine specialities. In the evening, after an active day, it is pleasant to sit at charming cafes and enjoy splendid drinks and delicious desserts. A well developed tourist infrastructure, numerous entertainment parks, pleasure cruises, fishing cruises and interesting cycling trails allow tourists to taste a range of attractions during their stay.
It is impossible to get bored in Łeba in the autumn. Pleasant sun and natural wealth of the land (mushrooms, blueberries, whortleberries) will let you enjoy autumn pleasures of the Pomeranian region to the full. Taking long strolls gives a chance to enjoy peace and quiet, incredible views as well as the town's beauty.
A soothing sound of the sea, waves humming their unvaried melody, the fragrance of leaves, mushroom and pine needle-cover are the assets of the place which cannot be found anywhere else in such incredible scenes. Autumn in Łeba is a time of reflection and relaxation after an intense summer.
In winter, when the sun rises lazily, the sea can frequently show its rebellious character. Huge waves invade the beaches. Storms, strong winds or sometimes even strong hurricanes can pester the local inhabitants. The wind casts sand into the eyes and the sea murmurs ominously day and night. During frosty, quiet days, when the sun gets glassily reflected in the snowflakes, you can see beautiful forests covered with feathery snow.
At this time of the year an unforgettable memory can be a walk in the fluffy snow, a sledge excursion with the family or a sleigh ride by the sea. Or why not putting on a pair of cross country skis or grab some Nordic Walking sticks and try a slightly different form of activity at the Baltic Sea.
Łeba provides visitors with unforgettable activities in each season of the year, which clearly distinguishes it from other seaside towns. Here you can find things which can't be encountered anywhere else throughout spring, summer, autumn or winter - check yourself and visit us now.