The EuroVelo 10 international bicycle route is undoubtedly one of the most interesting routes in this part of Europe. It leads through the countries of the Baltic Sea basin and is often called the Hanseatic Coastal Trail. In the Pomorskie region, it runs along the Baltic Sea, starting from Ustka, through Leba, Puck, and the Tri-City to the eastern border of the Pomorskie Voivodeship.
Construction works are still going on here and there, but a significant part of the route is already marked and frequented. So, we invite all lovers of few days or longer cycling adventures for a seaside trip along the Baltic Sea.
The trip along the Euro Velo 10 route must be divided into several stages, because in addition to the main route, there are also connections to Hel, Krynica Morska or Pruszcz Gdanski or Slupsk. The last two serve rather communication functions, while Hel and Krynica are almost obligatory for every tourist. There is a total of over 360 km to travel, so we are in for quite a challenge. Proposals for individual stages correspond to daily sections, so a distance of approx. 40-70 km. This length allows you to visit numerous attractions as well as allocate adequate time for meals and rest.
Stage I: Zaleskie – Rowy
Stage II: Rowy – Łeba
Stage III Łeba – Karwienskie Błota
Stage IV Karwienskie Błota – Hel
Stage V Karwienskie Błota – Gdynia
Stage VI Gdynia – Jantar
Stage VII Jantar – Piaski
Stage VIII Jantar – Kepki
The course of EuroVelo 10 in the Pomorskie Voivodeship goes along with the second international EuroVelo 13 cycling route, known as the Iron Curtain Trail. It commemorates the former border of the so-called Eastern Bloc. On the road, we will find signs covering both routes.
When preparing for your tour, please note that the tour is still under construction and not all sections are completed. All information about the difficulties can be obtained from the Department of Tourism of the Marshal’s Office: tel. 58/3268360, 502-757-389, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org well as on the Facebook profile.
Detailed information on possible progress in the implementation of construction works and the modernization of the route, along with indicative deadlines for implementation and types of roads and surfaces, are available on the on-line map available HERE
Marking of the main route and its connecting sections
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Stage I: Zaleskie - Ustka - Rowy
The first stage of the trip is around Ustka, which is the main attraction of the first day. We reach the famous Baltic resort from the western border of the voivodeship from Zaleskie driving a comfortable asphalt bicycle road. It is worth staying in Ustka for a longer time because the health resort offers many attractions, such as the port, where the Ustka mermaid proudly presents her charms and the entrance to the city from the sea is guarded by a small but dignified lighthouse. Right next to it, a few years ago, a modern drawbridge was built that leads to the other side of the port canal and the nearby coastal forest. This is where the old fortifications are hidden, which today form the historical park of the Ustka Fortress – Blücher’s Bunkers. In addition to Ustka, in the first stage of the trip, we will also get to small, seaside resorts: Poddabie, Debina and Rowy, where we can stay overnight.
Stage II: Rowy - Leba
The attraction of the second day is the nature of the Slowinski National Park, including the famous moving dunes. You can spend the whole day visiting the park, so nothing stands in the way of staying longer in Leba, for example. Among tourists, the term “dunes in Leba” has been adopted, which is a mistake, because the famous “quicksands” of the Slowiński National Park are located in the Smoldzino commune, but in fact the easiest access is from the side of Leba. The road from Rowy to Smoldzino runs along the southern shore of Lake Gardno, is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of the whole trip.
Amazing views can be seen from the observation tower between Rowy and the Lodki settlement. It is also possible to cover this section on the northern side of the lake, but it is not the official course of the international bicycle route, but a local hiking and cycling route. Smoldzino is a good starting point for trips to the Slowiński National Park, e.g. to Kluki (a small village with an open-air museum of Slovinian architecture), to the lighthouse in Czolpino or to the Czolpinska Dune. The further route, through Glowczyce, leads towards Lake Lebsko, which is entirely located within the park. Here we can admire its different face. There are no dunes and thousands of tourists here. Instead, there is lush nature that stimulates all the senses. We can end the day full of impressions in Leba.
ATTENTION! When planning a bicycle trip, it should be borne in mind that you can still come across unfinished sections in the vicinity of the Slowinski National Park and the communes of Smoldzino and Glowczyce. Detailed information can be obtained from the Department of Tourism of the Marshal’s Office by writing to the following address: email@example.com
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Stage III Leba - Karwienskie Blota
Much of the third day is a journey through coastal forests. Actually, only in holiday resorts we meet “civilization”. Passing Osetnik (Stilo), Lubiatowo, Bialogora and Debki, we reach Karwienskie Blota. Each of these summer houses offers a rich gastronomic and accommodation base as well as specific attractions: in Osetnik there is an impressive three-color lighthouse, in the vicinity of Lubiatow we will find the Lubiatowska Dune, which is a “miniature” version of the dunes in the Slowinski National Park, while near the mouth of the Piasnica River in Debki we will find a replica of a border post from 1919.
There is also convenient access to the beach everywhere, but in the holiday season you have to take into account that there is a lot of tourist traffic. However, it is easy to find places of a more intimate character. There is no problem in forest sections, between the villages you will find a marked access to the beach, where you can enjoy the sound of the Baltic waves in solitude. Driving through this section does not only mean communing with the seaside forest and beaches. We have several options to go down a bit of the route to visit some interesting monuments, e.g. the manor in Prusewo (access from Bialogora), the palace in Ciekocinek (access from Sasin) or the gothic monastery in Zarnowiec (access from Debki). Being at the Zarnowieckie Lake, it is also worth going to the open-air museum in Nadole, where we can see traditional Kashubian huts and farm buildings with old equipment.
Stage IV Karwienskie Błota - Władysławowo - Hel
This part of the route does not lead to the main Euro Velo 10 route, but is so attractive and popular that it is impossible to miss it. The Seaside Landscape Park with the Hel Peninsula does not need to be advertised to anyone: attractive beaches, seaside resorts (Jastrzebia Gora, Wladyslawowo, Chalupy, Kuznica, Jastarnia, Jurata, Hel), yacht and fishing ports, windsurfing and kitesurfing bases, fortifications from World War II or natural and landscape peculiarities, for example Chlapowska Valley, Fox Gorge. To all this, you need to add a bicycle path that runs along the entire length of the peninsula and we have a picture of what awaits a cyclist here. It is worth considering staying here for up to two days, and then returning to the main route.
There are several options for continuing the journey towards the Tri-City. From the Hel Peninsula, we can return to Wladyslawowo for the night and from there we go along the Bay of Puck to Gdynia. Another option is to return to Karwienskie Blota, then through Slawoszyno, Klanino to Swarzewo and further south towards Gdynia. You can also consider a boat trip from Hel to Gdynia. The Hel Peninsula is well connected by rail connections prepared for bicycles. Therefore, you can plan trips covering the entire coastal strip from Hel through Wladyslawowo to the Tri-City. Puck, on the other hand, can be a starting point towards the west, for example on the thematic route of the Manors and Palaces of the Northern Kashuby.
Stage V Karwienskie Błota - Puck - Gdynia
The next section of the main route, EV 10, leads to Gdynia. This part of Kashuby is called Norda, which can be translated as Northern Kashuby. It is a land of historic mansions and palaces that survived the turmoil of war and today are an inseparable element of the local heritage. These former noble estates are today dynamically operating accommodation facilities, and here and there we can also find excellent regional cuisine. The most impressive palaces in Rzucewo, Krokowa, Klanin and Rekowo. Anyway, there are over 20 objects of this type here, but not all of them are located on the route, but by taking a small “step to the side” you can visit most of them. You need to reserve another 2-3 days for this, because that is how long the tour can take an additional 160 km. Of course, you can plan this route and visit individual objects in any way you want. Unfortunately, the route is not marked, but it is worth using the ready-made trip proposal described on pomorskie.travel and Traseo profile. The attractiveness of this section of EuroVelo 10 is additionally complemented by a long section running along the Bay of Puck, between Swarzewo and Mrzezin, and further in the vicinity of Mechelinki.
ATTENTION! The section in the Kosakowo commune is planned to be implemented in later years, hence difficulties should be taken into account. Detailed information can be obtained from the Department of Tourism of the Marshal’s Office by writing to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage VI Gdynia - Sopot - Gdańsk- Jantar
The course of EuroVelo 10 through the Tri-City provides everything that the Pomorkie metropolis is famous for. The ride takes place both along the seaside with the beaches and the sea in sight, but also through the city centres following popular city routes. In Gdynia, first we pass the container base, where we admire an incredibly interesting view, especially for someone who has never had the opportunity to see what work in such place really looks like. Then we reach the heart of Gdynia. Due to the heavy traffic on Janka Wisniewskiego Street, in particular trucks and public transport, on the section from the SKM Gdynia Stocznia stop to ul. Starowiejska in the vicinity of Gdynia Głowna train station should be very careful. In this section, we use designated bicycle lanes. Modernist buildings from the interwar period, the representative Southern Pier with Polish Military Ship Blyskawica and the sailing ship Dar Pomorza, Nowowiejski Boulevard along the sea are the objects and places that Gdynia envies all Poland and thanks to which the city has become a tourist pearl of this part of the Baltic coast.
On the way to Sopot, you can also visit the summer district of Orlowo with a magnificent cliff that gives the impression that it is about to fall into the sea at any moment. The Sopot part of EuroVelo 10 runs entirely along the sea and the beach. All attractions are therefore at your fingertips. Additionally, three rest areas have been prepared for cyclists, including one by the beach next to the pier. However, it is worth taking a bit off the trail and walking the famous “Monciak”. However, it should be remembered that in the spa area in front of the pier and on the Monciak itself, we have to get off the bike and wheel it. In Gdańsk, we initially drive along the coastal districts of Jelitkowo and Brzezno and pass the pier, which a less careful tourist could easily mistake for the one in Sopot.
We reach Central Gdansk through Gdansk district – Wrzeszcz. It is impossible to pass indifferently through the Old and Main Town, full of monuments and important places in the history of Europe and the world. Gdansk captivates with its mood and peculiar architecture, both the historic and the new, loosely referring to the old style and form. The complete opposite is the last of Gdansk districts on the route is Sobieszewo Island – a seaside part of Gdańsk with a more relaxing and more intimate character. From here, we can go along the Vistula along the next international bicycle route EuroVelo 9 / Wislana Cycling Route, which starts at the railway station in Gdansk Glowny and its route to Swibno is shared with EuroVelo 10. Crossing the ditch of the Vistula River ferry in Swibno we reach Mikoszewo, the first town on the Vistula Spit. From now on, the route runs along the coastal forest along the sea. The local beaches are among the most beautiful in this part of Europe and their peculiarity is the “Gold of the Baltic Sea” – amber. Jantar is the goal of this stage of the expedition. We are in the heart of the Jantar Coast.
Stage VII Jantar - Krynica Morska - Piaski
Like the Hel Peninsula, it is a section that does not form the main EuroVelo 10 route. In terms of attractiveness, it is also a tourist ‘top shelf’. Through Jantar, Stegna, Sztutowo and Piaski, the route runs along a forest bicycle path along the sea. In Krynica Morska itself, there is an asphalt bicycle promenade and one of the sections can be covered by driving on a modern mineral surface with an admixture of resin. The recently completed bicycle route leading through the entire Vistula Spit is extremely popular. No wonder, because it is one of the most interesting routes in our country. Behind Piaski, the road is blocked by a border barrier, and then there is Russia. Under the watchful eye of the border guards, who watch over the border of the European Union, you can only take a commemorative photo and you have to go back to Jantar.
Part of the Vistula Spit from Mikoszewo to Sztutowo can also be explored in an alternative way without the use of a bicycle. In the summer season, a narrow-gauge railway runs from Nowy Dwor Gdanski. Each town on the spit has something special to visit. In Stegna it is, for example, a half-timbered church from the 17th century with unique paintings on the ceiling, in Sztutowo, the Stutthoff Concentration Camp Museum and a lighthouse in Krynica. The famous ditch near the village of Skowronki, where construction works are still ongoing, has gained popularity among tourists for some time.
Stage VIII Jantar - Nowy Dwór Gdański - Kępki
This is the last stage of the trip. Certainly, the 7 days spent in the saddle are already taking their toll. Fortunately, the flat area of Low Lands, which will accompany us until the very end of the route, will reward the hardships of traveling so far. From the coastal zone, we reach the area of the delta of the Vistula River. There are many different types of hydrotechnical facilities: bridges, canals, locks and pumping stations. It is also a region with a very rich history, partly related to the Mennonites who came here already in the 16th century and left behind the artefacts that can still be discovered here and there. You can get acquainted with the entire low Lands heritage in Nowy Dwor Gdanski, where there is a museum of the Low Lands Historical Park. It is the cultural heart of the Low Lands, but not only. The city is a good starting point for trips around the Low Lands, it has good bicycle connections with Malbork or Nowy Staw. A great way to explore the Low Lands is a canoe. Using the water harbors in Tuga, you can go on a kayaking adventure along the Low Lands Loop.
In the last episode of EuroVelo 10, apart from Nowy Dwor Gdanski, there are several places that perfectly characterize the Low Lands and allow you to understand the uniqueness of this region. Certainly, Rybina belongs to them, where there is a unique hydrotechnical junction: 2 road drawbridges and 1 railway, swivel, operating from the beginning of the 20th century. The Gothic church in Kmiecin with a wooden tower and arcade, unusual for this part of Poland, or a house are also interesting. arcaded in Zelichow, housing a tavern in the Low Lands. Almost every village has something interesting to offer: sometimes it is a traditional Low Lands arcaded houses, other times a wooden historic tower, a brick church or an old drawbridge. However, the unique atmosphere in the Low Lands is the same, full of peace, which means that only when you reach Elblag you can realize that we have just arrived in the neighbouring voivodeship.
After EuroVelo 10, it's time for your EuroVelo 9 adventure
Detailed information about the EuroVelo 9 / Vistula Bicycle Route can be found in the article available at the link HERE
The EuroVelo 10 route in the Pomorskie Voivodeship ends in Jazowa at the course of the former national artery No. 7, and currently a lower rank road with negligible vehicle traffic. It is perfectly adapted to bicycle traffic, creating wide lanes on both sides of the road. It is not far from here to Elblag, where you can join the Green Velo trail. On the other hand, an interesting scenic variant is the drive along the Nogat River to the village of Kepki, where the voivodeship border is located. This episode is a beautiful accent of the Low Land landscape on the last part of our trip in the Pomorskie Voivodeship.
ATTENTION! On some sections of the main route EuroVelo 10/13 and its connecting elements R 10, investments are underway or modernization is planned in later years, hence difficulties should be taken into account. Detailed information can be obtained from the Department of Tourism of the Marshal’s Office by writing to the following address: email@example.com or by following the information updated on the on-line map available at the link HERE.