The Best Polish Beaches
Bet you’re thinking….Poland and beaches? Your images of Poland’s coastline are most probably from the days when the shipyards at Gdansk where in the news, and sometimes the area was portrayed as grey and uninviting. Today, nothing could be further from the truth; Poland actually has some very fine beaches along the Baltic coast. For visitors with campervan hire and motorhome rental this is great news, the beaches are not flooded with tourists and there are some very nice places to spend the night. One word of warning, this is the Baltic, and Baltic is a good way to describe the temperature of the water, bracing is another!
Most of Poland’s beaches are accessed through pine forests, along short footpaths. During the summer the smell is fantastic, and it also means that as the forests are protected, no building can take place on the beachfront; making for some really unspoilt beaches. The town beaches do get busy during the height of the summer, but if you travel just a little further out there are some beautiful stretches of beach right along the coast.
The ‘trendiest’ beach is in the spa resort of Sopot. This was once the playground of the aristocracy, and today is classed as the beach party capital; it may be popular, but it’s never heaving with people even during the high season. During the daytime the 10km of white sandy beach is clean and pristine, with bars and café’s dotted along the shoreline. There are also cycle paths, forest trails and promenades, and there’s even a pier. At night the restaurants serve a wide range of cuisine from Polish to Vietnamese, and the bars and clubs attract not only the locals but residents of Germany and Sweden as well.
Probably some of the best beaches are around Kolobrzeg on the fashionable Pomeranian coast, or Leba which has some fabulous white sand. The beach here connects to the Slowinski National Park, famous for the largest sand dunes in Europe, a great place to try sand boarding!
The Hel Peninsula is an area for historic beach lovers as it has links to World War II; it also has some fantastic silver sand beaches which are popular with windsurfers too.
The coastline around Debki is typically Polish; sandy beaches backed by pine forests. Nearby the lake beach of Lake Zarnowieckie is great for windsurfers and those who enjoy some great nightlife.
For something a little quieter try Uznam and Wolin Islands. On the border with Germany, this area has some great gothic architecture as well as wildlife opportunities (more in Off the Beaten Track)
For visitors travelling with a campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle, Poland has some great beaches, and the great thing is that staying here won’t cost the earth.