Sopot – romantic, crowded and charming.
Sopot, not a big city, situated between Gdansk and Gdynia. On one side surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Bay and from the other by the Tricity Landscape Park. For some group of people, it is the most romantic city in Poland, for others the destination for health treatments, the rest come here to relax and to have fun.
Sopot is a health sea resort. Every year people from all over Poland come here to have health treatments and drink special salt brine and the iodine water from the deep ground.
Sopot is a city with rich history with its characteristic symbol of Poland – the pier. This pier is a symbol of Sopot as well as the longest such object in Europe. It was built Between XIX /XX c. The walking section is over half kilometre long, with its 450 metres leading into the Baltic bay waters. Gradually renovated and modernised, today the pier is proud to have a modern marina, where luxurious yachts and boats can come. Pier is Sopot is the place for strolls and relaxation. You can have a rest on one of the benches, direct Your face towards the sun, listen to the waves and the birds singing, to feel the true happiness.
The pier in Sopot with modern marina, fot. Pomorskie.Travel
Near the pier there are two historical parks – the Northern Spa and the Southern Spa. We can find over 60 different kinds of trees and plants under protection. There is a recreation park, small football pitch, picturesque walking paths and the cycling paths. In the southern Spa there are also so called inhalation mushrooms, where You can try the healthy salt brine.
Sopot - unobvious attractions
Sopot is also the place with a big number of walking paths along the sea shore, where we can walk (or cycle or use a pedicab or roller skaters) towards Gdynia or Gdansk. Along the walking paths there are plenty of bigger and smaller restaurants, serving mainly fish. There are also luxurious hotels along, including almost 100 years old Grand Hotel and spa and health facilities. There is also a Balneological Hospital which offers swimming in salt brine pools and the former lighthouse, from which there is a beautiful view to the pier, beach and the Baltic Bay.
Legendary Grand Hotel, fot. mat. Sofitel Grand Sopot
The central part of the spa is a pedestrian street called The Heroes of Monte Cassino. This is the place where are most of cafes, restaurants , clubs and the Chamber Stage of the Cost Theatre and characteristic due to its architecture Crooked House. Walking down the city towards South – West we reach the forested part of Sopot with the famous Forest Opera. It is an amphitheatre, which since 1909 is one of the most important point on the concert map of Poland. There are shows, festivals and concerts organised here till today.
Along the Haffner Street (the city founder, by the way), there are the most imposing houses and mansions in Sopot and the archaeological open air museum – “Grodzisko” in Sopot. It is something for the history lovers due to the fact that this was the place where the first settlement was located at VIII c.
Sopot is full of life all year long. It is worth coming here during the summer, when the streets are all the time crowded, as well as in the Winter time, when You can only hear the waves and the seagulls…
The Forest Opera in Sopot, center of artistic life in the resort
The charms of Sopot Beach were discovered in the early 19th Century. Dr Haffner, the founder of Sopot, chose this location on purpose. He was convinced that Europeans' hygiene needed improvement and believed in sea bathing, which led to developing a European health resort out of a small fishing village. Sopot beach, located in the centre of the curved shore of Zatoka Gdańska (Gdansk Bay), is spacious and wide enough to accommodate thousands of beachgoers. Water here is usually slightly warmer than at the beaches of Gdańsk and Gdynia, not to mention the areas open to the Baltic Basin.
In Dr Haffner's times there was a strict division of bathing zones, the main criterion being the gender of holiday makers. There were separate bathing zones for women and men, especially because the men used to bath nude. Ladies, on the other hand used to wear long shirts. A man could go to the beach with a woman only if they were a married couple or in a special family zone which could only be entered if they were looking after a child. Therefore, it was often the case that unmarried couples went to the beach together having "rented" a child from one of the local families. This was illegal and if discovered, severely punished.
Today the restrictions from two hundred years ago are long gone. Good fun is available under the surveillance of a lifeguard. Practically the whole beach is guarded. Guests can use the swimming and beach equipment from the rentals and play beach volleyball and football on the specially-designated pitches.
The walking area at the back of the beach is a beautiful track behind the dunes, available both for pedestrians and bikers. It runs along the town next to some interesting examples of health-resort architecture.
Golden sand, good company and various attractions - it all makes the Sopot Beach one of the most popular and picturesque beach areas in Poland.
Sopot walking trails.
The Grand Hotel
The Pier in Sopot
The Sopot Health Resort
Beach offer of the Tri-City
Bohaterów Monte Cassino - "Monciak"
The fishing harbour and fishing houses
Jean Georges Haffner
Night life in Sopot