A long weekend at the Polish seaside

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.

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The water was too icy for me to touch

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.

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Empty beach – a rare sight in Polish summer

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.

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Poppy field in the area

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.

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Pier at Sopot beach

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.

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Sopot town square

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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Forest which we had to go through for the beach

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 โค ) 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.

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A lazy little holiday at Baltic coast
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20 thoughts on “A long weekend at the Polish seaside

  1. Hey Pooja, I can hear the disappointment in your voice. It is so chaotic with traffic here too on weekend with traffic delays from the city to the coastal beach cities. It gets worse every year that the population grows. My solution was to drive up early and drive back late, avoiding most of the traffic that way. It going Thursday to saturday. That helped somewhat but for us it is only 1-2 hour drive under normal conditions. 5 is too much.
    Guess what I have been to Sopot too! Took a day trip fron Warsaw. It was a lovely town, but yes very touristy. It felt very much like the old world of the Baltic seaside with the large older style hotels near the pier. I remember it was hot and the queue for ice cream was long! Loads of tourists, yes! But beautiful light towards the end of the day.

    1. When we went it was fine, but returning was worse :/ I thought 3 PM was good time to leave Gdansk but it was high traffic time. Day trip from Warsaw to Sopot? That’s a long way, Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚ Sopot is cute, and it’s probably my favorite town in Poland, it’s just that the number of tourists is too high. We had to drive around for a good time to find parking, I can’t imagine living in a city where it’s normal to go round and round trying to find parking!

      1. Sorry my bad, Pooja. I meant a day trip from Gdansk. Is that right? I was a bit confused. Sopot is your favourite town, hey? It is as you say, a town many folks like. The parking would drive me nuts! Perhaps you would not have a car if you lived there?

  2. Though it’s not good for diving, the Baltic sea looks no less beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also enough to cool people off, especially during the last few days.

    1. Baltic sea is beautiful for the views and sunbathing definitely ๐Ÿ™‚ If it was closer I’d definitely go more often, especially in this heatwave. But 3-5 hours drive one way is no longer worth it for me hehe.

  3. Looks lovely, we still haven’t managed it to the beach yet but I hope for such trip soon.
    When I saw the pictures from Sopot it looked so familiar untill I noticed that my father has a old family picture from his mother in front of that church? tower there. I never knew where that picture was taken untill today!

  4. โ€The waters of Baltic arenโ€™t exactly enticingโ€ – unfortunately I agree with you (from the other side of the Baltic pond). Not much incentive for me to dive in, though I LOVE swimming and dream about it constantly. Itโ€™s just not the same as clear warm waters, snorkeling and beach life. Seeing other people enjoy it over here just makes me feel very non-local, in an outsider kind of way. I just canโ€™t get into the same mood about the sea here that they llseel to have. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read, as always, Pooja! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. I know! I don’t get it either. Many people here enjoy their seaside vacation every summer but for me personally it’s just not that appealing. Although a lot of my Polish friends and family feel the same way as I do about it hehe.

  5. Hello pooja, i just found your blog and i enjoy every bit of it. Actually (off topic) i am married to a foreigner too and i find it so frustrating to keep with nepali friends. I would love to reed about your view and also love to know you more. Bimala

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