text by Anna Rupniewska
Almost every Pole will confirm that the Polish seaside and the Baltic Sea are the places to be during holidays. Let me take you on a journey along the Polish coast. Along with high desert sands and cliffs. A landscape of shipyards, marinas and city with forest leaning over.
We will start around Gdańsk, a city of rich marine history. Here everyone will enjoy the diversity of Polish seaside – big, lively city on the one hand and the wide horizon of the calm sea on the other. For those who enjoy storing life-giving energy from the sun, there will be public beaches where you can lie surrounded by lots of people, ice-creams sellers, food trucks, volleyball players with music playing in the background. Those who prefer to challenge themselves will go swimming. It might not be that pleasant at first because water in the Baltic Sea is usually cold. But I think that it makes our sea unique – not warm and lazy but cold and motivating to move and swim, which is by the way very beneficial for those suffering from low blood pressure. Sometimes our sea gets stormy and then the real fun begins – when the waves get bigger and you can play with them, jump over or dive through them. The Baltic Sea has its character which emphasizes its uniqueness.
There are still places at Polish seaside where you can feel a pure nature – the beach is too stony or too wild for most of the people and there is no lifeguard to look after swimmers. If we continue our journey and move to the west, we will encounter large stretches of moving sand dunes. They are impressive – they move up to 10 meters every year. One can climb the observation tower and admire the landscape of moving sands and the Polish seaside. You can feel as if you were in the middle of a desert but it is in Poland, in the middle of Europe and the place I took you to is the Słowiński National Park.
If we move to the western Polish border we can visit the Wolin National Park that is situated on an island. The landscape will change entirely – high cliffs, hills and lots of lakes in the middle of the island. The one that stays constant is the Baltic Sea – majestic, cold, moody and beautiful. The island is a home to nearly 230 bird species. To be more precise, it is a temporary home because the birds use to migrate from one place to another – you can see them at different places at the Baltic seaside, even in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The Wolin island is a great place to explore the animal world – the sea in this area is inhabited by cetaceans (they are related to dolphins), very rare porpoises and gray seals.
This was a very short journey, we were just running our fingers on the map. But only when you decide to see the beauty of Polish seaside, in reality, you will appreciate its uniqueness – you will be probably amazed by the view but do not forget to look at you feet, maybe you will find some amber, the Polish gold.