We were there: Sopot
The Baltic coast of Europe cannot boast of warm waters and a long beach season, but this does not prevent it from being a popular resort area. A large number of coastal and cozy towns attract tourists primarily with fresh and healing air, as well as the opportunity to “treat eyes”, looking at the cold sea and beautiful landscapes. Sopot, the main Baltic resort in Poland, also has all these advantages.
The 40-thousand Sopot, founded as a village in the 7th century, enters the Polish urban agglomeration of Tricity along with Gdansk and Gdynia, which translates as Triple City. And if Gdynia and Gdansk are industrial, financial and administrative centers, then Sopot, geographically located between them, is a pleasant recreation area where you can recuperate and switch to the unhurried rhythm of the town by the sea. Being only twenty minutes away from both Gdansk and Gdynia, as well as from Lech Walesa International Airport serving the region, Sopot with its beaches, sights and promenade routes is a must-visit city of northern Poland. It seems that he simply cannot fail to like it, because, on the one hand, you can look at it and study it literally in a day, but on the other hand, you can easily spend even a whole summer, finding something new every day.
What is the secret? Maybe in the seagulls, which are constantly spinning and screaming over the train when it is still approaching Sopot? Or maybe in the beautiful and wide beaches stretching for many kilometers, where, probably, there is never a crush, and everyone can relax? Or, in general, the main feature of Sopot is not the sea at all, but a cultural component, because the most fashionable music festivals and open air-parties are constantly held here, where party-goers from all over Europe gather. Perhaps, the truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle, and the city is good because it reveals itself to everyone in its own way. In any case, almost everyone starts their acquaintance with him in the same way – from the beautiful pedestrian street of Bohaterow Monte Cassino, which stretches from the railway station .
It is located on the most interesting shops, restaurants and hotels. Local people keep traditions and transfer business from generation to generation. Many antique shops and cafes have been working for more than a hundred years, although the attributes of the new time with its transnationality are also represented here with dots with delicious kebabs, plastic fast foods and a mass market boutique. At the same time, somewhere between the brands and signs that you meet today in any tourist city in the world, if you try and look inside the street, its gateways and inner courtyards, you can find typical Polish restaurants with simple, but very tasty cuisine and shops of craftsmen with an interesting hand -meyd.sopot-pier2-min.jpgPhoto ourpoland.com
The main souvenir from Sopot, of course, amber products. This petrified resin is an important natural resource of the Polish Baltic coast and national pride; therefore, sales to tourists are the most important source of income for both large manufactories and small workshops. Do not buy beautiful earrings or necklaces, probably will not work, so men need to be prepared for the fact that their companions will definitely spend time in Sopot to choose and try on. As for prices, they are quite affordable, jewelry production starts from 3-5 euros per unit, so you can find something to taste in any pocket.
Going back and forth and across Bohaterow Monte Cassino, we finally get out to the sea, and especially to the main decoration of the local beach – the famous pier, now bearing the name of John Paul II. Made of wood in 1827, it is officially considered the longest in the entire Baltic Sea. The length of the walking part is 512 meters. In addition to the pedestrian component, the pier is also used for mooring yachts and water taxis. By the way, in the swimming season, very short (from July to the first half of August), they jump from the pier into the water in order to swim, as it is believed that here, at half a kilometer distance from the coast, the water is much more enriched with iodine and other useful elements. After all, Sopot is also a health resort that has been popular since the 19th century among Eastern European aristocracy. Sopot.jpgPhoto arunastravelphotography.com
In the central part of the city and on its outskirts every now and then you can see old hospitals, fashionable hotels and rest houses where the venerable public traditionally likes to stay. Healing air, skillful massage therapists, water treatments, excellent seafood and green areas help to fight many diseases, so medical tourism is also common here. One glance at the legendary Grand Hotel, a five-star hotel, facing the sea front, is enough to be noticed about coming to Sopot at a great age.