WIDE SANDY BEACHES, EXTENSIVE FOREST COMPLEXES, SEVERAL HUNDRED LAKES AND RIVERS, FIELDS AND MEADOWS FULL OF NATURE'S GIFTS ARE JUST SOME OF POMORSKIE'S ATTRACTIONS. THEY ARE WAITING FOR EVERY TRAVELLER WHO COMES HERE.
THE MOVING DUNES
The Słowiński National Park is the setting for a unique daily spectacle, with the sand and the wind in the leading roles. Impressive dunes, the largest of which is Łącka Hill at more than 40 m high, move at a speed of several metres per year to consume the surrounding forest. The forest itself is just as remarkable, full of tree trunks felled by the winds In a demonstration of a forest ecosystem's natural processes. The Park is also where the Rivers Łeba and Łupawa canoe trails end.
SEE WHAT LIVES IN THE DEPTHS
There are two must-sees for marine fauna enthusiasts: the Sealarium run by the University of Gdańsk Oceanography Institute's Marine Station and the Gdynia Aquarium. Based in the Hel Peninsula, the Sealarium is dedicated mainly to research and development, with its aim to restore a grey seal colony in the Baltic Sea Basin. The Gdynia Aquarium, in turn, is home to the most interesting and rarest species of fish, amphibians and reptiles from all over the world, including Africa and America. Three storeys, 68 giant aquaria, 1500 living organisms – these are just some of the attractions to be seen here. An interesting family offering is also provided by the Sea Park in Sarbsk, were you can watch the underwater world of reptiles which lived millions of years ago.
The longest sandy beaches in Poland, majestic cliffs, unique vegetation, the sea breeze and a limitless stretch of the sea – all this creates Pomorskie's perfect cli mate for holidaymakers. The sea's abundant assets pro vide all kinds of possibilities to spend your free time – actively, dynamically, with your family, romantically. Sea sports are not just about relaxing under the sails or snorkelling but also about windsurfing, kite surfing, water scooters, angling and sightseeing cruises. The clean Baltic beaches make it worthwhile to go horse-riding, jogging, Nordic walking or just simply taking a walk to look for amber. When walking along the shore, you will see delightful fishing harbours with atmospheric fishing boats which offer fresh Baltic fish for sale. You can also take part in fishing cruises at open sea. The perfectly preserved lighthouses, which once served navigation, are an interesting feature of the coast and today perform the role of historical landmarks and tourist attractions.
Ustka, Łeba, Władysławowo, Jastarnia, Hel, Puck, Gdynia, Sopot, Gdańsk. Every sailor should visit these places because it is there that you can take advantage of topquality facilities and learn the greatest secrets of sailing culture.
MORE THAN JUST THE SEA
Pomorskie is a land of many lakes and river routes. You might say that there is a haven here for everyone. When travelling through the region by canoe or by sailboat, you will certainly encounter valuable historical landmarks of hydraulic engineering, unique places which will stay in your memory for long. To see Gdańsk from canoe is something quite different from the usual walk around the Main and Old Town.
If you fancy spending time on the water, we have a unique network of inland harbours in place especially for you, along with marinas and mooring jetties, known as the Żuławy Loop (Pętla Żuławska). If you prefer to travel by land, you have a choice of an extensive network of cycling trails, including several of international importance (EuroVelo Corridors R-9, R-10 and R-13). Featured importantly on the Pomorskie's activity map is the Tuchola Forest (Bory Tucholskie), with the region's second largest national park in which you will find many footpaths, cycling and Nordic walking trails.
MORE THAN JUST THE MONCIAK PROMENADE
Pomorskie's most popular promenade is the teeming Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, also known as Monciak. Owing to its many cafes, restaurants, clubs, boutiques, galleries and shops, located alongside it, Monciak is the Tri-City's landmark entertainment venue. Many cities and towns are coming up with their own local promenades, renovated streets, market squares and waterfronts, with Lębork, Słupsk, Chojnice, Tczew and Kościerzyna as just some of the examples. It will be worth your while to go for a walk there as well.
The Sopot Pier is a point of architectural interest and a European phenomenon, as Europe's longest wooden structure of the kind. As Sopot's largest attraction, it is 511.5 m long and has been part of the town's landscape since 1827. Also worth a walk are the piers in Brzeźno and Orłowo, as well as Pomorskie's marinas located nearby.
When travelling round Pomorskie, you cannot miss Słupsk with a collection of the art of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) at the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, Kościerzyna with its Railway Museum, Kwidzyn with the Castle of the Pomezan chapter or Wejherowo with its Baroque Calvary Hill.
The region's additional attraction comes in cultural heritage routes, including the Gothic Castles Route, Amber Route, Cistercian Route, Northern Kashubia Manors and Palaces Route and the Hydraulic Engineering Landmarks Route.
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