Until I visited last week, it had been over a year since I hadn’t been to the sea. I live in a landlocked city in Poland, and the seaside is over three hours drive away. This time we did manage to go and spend some time sunbathing at the sea, and visiting the lovely Sopot town.
Most Polish seaside towns are known for attracting massive domestic crowds over the summer making the beaches and the towns nearby very crowded and commercialized. Three years ago through a friend, we discovered a lovely stretch of sand not too far from the city of Gdansk, that is nearly not as popular as seaside towns. The place is called “Wyspa Sobieszewska”. We knew that it was the perfect place to return to.
It had rained in the area that day, so when we went to the beach after reaching the place in the evening, the sand was still slightly wet. We lingered for a while and returned to our rented cabin after catching a beautiful sunset. The next day was a work day for us, and it wasn’t bad working from the cabin. The internet worked out great. In the evening, my sister-in-law and her husband joined, and we made some barbecue when they arrived.
The next morning was sunny but it was just 20 degrees. Not exactly swimming weather, but it was okay because the waters of Baltic aren’t exactly enticing. I was happy just sunbathing, reading my book at the beach, and playing card games with the group. In the evening, we decided to drive to Sopot, a beautiful seaside town in northern Poland.
The town is beautiful but it was also quite busy. I heard so many languages being spoken on the streets, that sure doesn’t happen here in Lodz. Personally, I don’t mind living in a non-touristic town, it feels more authentic.
The main beach in Sopot is pretty for a city beach. We must have seen about 10 different bachelor/bachelorette groups in the evening. The scenic beach, the popular wooden pier, and the green hill flanking the beach on a distance are draw factors of the town. It was starting to get quite cold as the evening went on but there were still some brave people in the water. Few years ago, that’d have been me, but over the years I’ve become more picky with the sea I swim in 😀
The next day, we went to the beach as usual, and after spending few hours were headed home to Lodz. Google maps showed me a drive time of three hours but it was still three hours after two hours of being on the road, due to collisions on the route and traffic from returning people after a long weekend. I am not sure if I thought it was worth it after dealing with so much traffic and crowds on the highway. I’ve started to think that somewhere else in Europe (eg Greece ❤ ) would not have been more expensive or difficult to get to than the seaside of Poland. I guess after all these years of living here and visiting seaside almost every year, this time was “Ok, that’s enough” moment for me about Polish seaside. The beaches are indeed beautiful but for someone who loves being on the water and snorkeling/diving, Baltic sea doesn’t have much to offer.