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Summer is here and it is time to hit Polish beach! Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Geography, Places to visit

Summer is (almost) here! I love skiing and winter sports, but it was a long winter…so I’m really excited for some fun at the beach this summer!

So how do you think Polish beach looks like? Sunny skies ( słoneczne niebo), beautiful white sand (biały piasek), pine forest (las sosnowy), promenades lined with cafes and bars and restaurants. You might think you’re visiting the Mediterranean Sea, but it’s Poland, which has close to 500 miles of coast, forming the country’s northern border with the Baltic Sea (Morze Bałtyckie). Although the water is colder than in the Mediterranean and the weather not as perfect, Polish beaches offer sun, sea and sand and lot’s of attractions!

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The main summer beach season (główny letni sezon plażowy) in Poland falls in July and August. This is also the vacation time for students and when most people take their vacations. You can expect crowds and higher prices, but also fully operational infrastructure. The Polish coast (Polskie wybrzeże) is generally straight, low and flat. Most of the coast faces the open Baltic and is full of small fishing ports and holiday resorts, with a few bigger towns along the way. Many beaches have lifeguards. The best open-sea beaches can be found at Świnoujscie and the nearby resort of Międzyzdroje, Dźwirzyno; Pogorzelica, Kołobrzeg, Łeba (here you can find shallow coastal lakes with moving sand dunes), Dębki and Karwia.

The Hel peninsula (półwysep Helski), shelters the Bay of Puck from the Northeast. A favorite holiday and weekend destination for the inhabitants of the nearby Tri-City area of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, it’s fashionable and can get crowded in the high season (expect high traffic to get all the way to the end, since there are no shortcuts). Once there, you have a choice of different beaches. The more bracing, windswept and squeaky-sand ones sit on the open Baltic side of the peninsula, and the more sheltered areas that have expanses of warm, shallow water are on the Bay of Puck side. Windsurfers like this one better, particularly at Chałupy. Chałupy has the oldest and best known naturist beach in Poland. After sun, venture to the town of Hel at the tip of the peninsula. It has a seal sanctuary and a good fishing museum, also some great seafood restaurants!

Take a look at this old song by Zbigniew Wodecki, who is singing about Chałupy:

Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot Tri-City (Trójmiasto), stretches for over 30 miles along the curve of the Bay of Gdańsk. The best known and most popular is the beach in the resort town of Sopot. This is the party capital of the area, where you can often find celebrities, but it offers something for everybody. From sailing and windsurfing, to all-night clubbing, to theater and music to spa treatments. Amazing restaurants and shopping – especially jewelry shops with beautiful Polish amber:)

One more video for you:) This time it is a disco polo funny song about ice cream and the beach:) Enjoy!

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About the Author:Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


Comments:

  1. david:

    Hi Kasia,
    Your insights into Polish culture and language are both excellent and really enlightening, dzienkuje bardzo. My son is marrying a Polish lady called kasia neat warsaw next July so I am trying to learn Polish..this is a great help.
    david

    • Kasia:

      @david Thank you David:)

  2. david:

    I love the insights offered by Kasia as well as the vocabulary and sentences to illustrate how to use it. I’m trying to learn Polish as my son is marrying a Polish lady called kasia next July.
    dzienkuje bardzo
    david

  3. Jonny Blair:

    Great blog Kasia. I am a tourist based in Warszawa, writing about Poland for http://www.northernirishmaninpoland.com/ Safe travels! Jonny

  4. Pam Prophet:

    It’s always a pleasure reading about your beautiful country!!! I could see myself sitting on one of these magical beaches….some day!⛱!