The Polish on vacation in Poland

[Polski]

‘The Polish seaside’
The Polish love it. I don’t know why exactly as it is cold, grey and expensive but I guess there must be some kind of a patriotic feeling that makes hundreds of thousands of people go to the Polish seaside every year. Yes! We have access to the sea, to the great Baltic Sea! Well, agreed it might be nice,. It has nice, sandy beaches, you can breathe in healthy air and even enjoy a bath in the salty waves when the weather is fine. But here’s the hook. The weather is really nice relatively seldom of the time and there’s no guarantee you’ll have sun in summer. You might book two weeks in July or August and all you experience is coldness and rain. Plus, even if it’s really hot the temperature of the water rarely exceeds 18 centigrades. Enjoy! But that’s nature, you can’t do much about it. What I find especially appalling though, are the prices. I’m afraid it’s cheaper nowadays to book a trip to Egypt or Tunisia (well, at least you have good weather guaranteed there) than to spend your holiday at the Polish seaside. They really try to rip you off on everything. And the fish don’t taste as they used to…

Allotments
If they can’t afford expensive Polish seaside or they want a short weekend break, the Poles go for allotments. Small (often tiny) gardens in a whole complex alongside similar ones give the Poles a feeling of holiday even if they are situated in the middle of a city or a town. Their own tiny patch of greenness. They grow some vegetables there, they look after other plants and barbecue! Oh they barbecue a lot, it’s a national sport. So they spend their idle hours drinking beer, eating sausages and enjoying their mini-holiday not far from home.

Tatra Mountains (and other mountains)
Hiking, biking, enjoying the nature… again the Polish are proud to have both the sea (see above) and the mountains. The most popular (and the highest) mountain chain in Poland is the Tatra mountains and its most famous town – Zakopane. Of course, it’s crowded in winter when people go skiing but there are lots of tourists who love the mountains in summer too. Hundreds of kilometers of picturesque hiking routes, magically situated lakes and fresh air smelling of pines and spruces make the place worth visiting.

Mazurian Lakes
Somewhere between the sea in the north and the mountains in the south there are large lake areas – a paradise for fans of sailing. And mosquito-lovers :). It is indeed a place worth recommending but again the problem is usually the weather which tends to very unpredictable. If it is nice though, sleeping in a tent, singing by the camp fire, sailing and canoeing or visiting local sightseeing spots may turn into the holiday of a lifetime.

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3 thoughts on “The Polish on vacation in Poland”

  1. Hey, very good observation about the Polish coast. I grew up there, at the seaside, and you are absolutely right; prices are high, the weather is finicky and food is so so. But in many places it is also a lot of fun. When I travel to Poland I visit Swinoujscie, a resort city and a port in the Norhwestern corner of Poland, right across the border from a similar town in Germany (Ahlbeck). The place is hopping in July and August, plenty of live music and if you catch the right weather the beach is great and swimming decent. You can also cross over to Ahlbeck for bratwurst and a German beer or take a ferry across Baltic sea (8 hour ride) to Ystad (Sweden) or Copenhagen (Denmark).

    As to other parts of Poland you need to do a bit more research to find the real gems. There are fabulous places in the mountains where tourists are few, hiking trails aplenty and prices low. There are lakes in the Mazurs that hardly anybody know about, clean and pristine and hard to find (as the locals want to keep it that way). But that is another story.

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