Day Trip to Sopot, Poland

Life on the roads is amazing, I’d say it’s a dream life.
New day, new city, new views and emotions.

After spending a day in sunny Wroclaw we took a night bus from the central bus station to another historical place called Gdansk. Intercity buses here in Poland were great. 2 floor buses were super comfortable, each seat also had a power charger. You may keep your phone or other devices charging while traveling. In our days this is very important, especially after long night on the road. We arrived to Gdansk very early, even the sun was hardly waking up. Even that we tried to sleep on the way, we were tired and sleepless. The hostel we booked was going to open its doors for us only after 2-3pm. What shall we do before that, tired, with a luggage with us. The only place that was opened at that time in around the station was McDonald’s. We hurried to take some tea and coffee to warm up and to “kill” some hours here.

But we couldn’t stay here until 2pm and waste time, so we decided to try our luck and go to the hostel. Who knows, maybe they will have a free room to give us before our will be ready, or we could wait inside, in the lobby.

It was very cold here and windy. We were getting frozen. Luckily the hostel wasn’t very far, just 5 minutes walk from the station. But all doors were closed, no light was seen in the windows, except the one. It was the kitchen. We knocked the window, called the woman and asked for help to let us come in. She called someone else and told us that in 5-10 minutes another person will come and open the door. And indeed, in 5 minutes a young girl and boy came, let us come in and even opened the door of our room. Ohhh this was a real happiness. Warm room, small but very nice one, with hot shower inside, wardrobe, TV and other amenities. But for this moment all that we needed was hot shower, soft bed and a good blanket. We fall asleep immediately. After few hours of rest we got up fresh, full of energy and ready for new trips. Yes, yes, it was not the end of trips for today. In our plans was to visit another small city on the coast, Sopot.

Round-trip ticket for the train was bought from the central station (by the way very cheap) with a free time for return trip. 20 minutes of drive on a train and here we are, beautiful Sopot was welcoming us.

It was a bit cloudy, some drops of rain were falling down. Bit nothing could stop us. We started to walk in a clean streets, crossed the streets one after another and came to the center. Here first building that took our attention was the Catholic church which was St. George’s Roman Catholic garrison parish dating from 1899-1901.

In a few meters down the street was the most famous quirky house standing, crookedly shaped retail building Krzywy Domek, which was transformed to the Costa Coffee cafe, shops and restaurants. But we chose another small cafe for a tea and some sweets and didn’t regret. The range was so big that was hard to decide. We took different ones and shared. What I really loved in Poland was their tasty baked sweets.

After refreshing we again continued walking and we reached the most famous place, the longest wooden pier in Europe, which has 511m length. Usually the entrance to the pier needs some payment, but today it was open for everyone. Whatever, even if we had to pay, it was supposed to be around 4pln which was almost 1€, almost nothing πŸ™‚ there were a lot of people walking on it. At the end of the pier there was some other additional area, close to marine, where people were sitting and taking sunbathe. There were a lot of seagulls, who were not afraid of people. I was even feeding some of them from hand. That was fantastic feeling to be in touch with birds, to feel them so close and safe.

On the end of the pier there was a pirate style of boat with black sails waiting for people to take to the open sea. Sky was getting clear and clear with every hour. It was still windy with we were enjoying our day on the beach, feeling the breeze in the air and the smell of salty water. 

But this was not the only boat there. As this was the marine of Sopot, there were many small and big boats, yachts. Some of them were private, another ones for group tours into the sea. I can imagine how crowded would be the pier during summer season, where there are more boats, more places for beach activities and of course the beach, yellow velvet sandy beach of the Baltic sea, where you could swim in a blue water. Today because of the clouds the color of the water was more grey, but still, it was a wonderful feeling to be there and to enjoy kind of a lazy day on the coast.
On the way back we passed the small market place, where again there were a lot of jewels made of natural amber, a big range of souvenirs such as magnets, mugs and a lot of other staff from shells. But we didn’t buy anything from here, because we decided to make our own souvenir from here. What we did? We bought some small glass jars, transparent ones, collected sand and shells with different shapes and mixed them in a jar. The result was out of expectations. Probably the best memorable souvenir we had from Poland.
And the last place I’d like to show you was the Sopot Lighthouse (or as locals call it – Stara Latarnia Morska) that has a square tower with pyramidal roof. The Lighthouse was built in 1903-4 but now it’s not formally a lighthouse but still called so. It’s located right to the pier entrance and is open for those who want to go up to the tower and enjoy an impressive view of Sopot.
It was already going to sunset. We walked a little bit more on the streets, passed some other historical buildings here and after having a dinner in one of the cozy restaurants here we took a train back to Gdansk.
Some people used a chance to visit also Gdinya, third little town of the tri-city (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdinya), but we preferred to spend a day only here, fully relaxed and no rush, at least one day πŸ™‚
It was a perfect day trip, recharging with more energy for our next trips in next cities of Poland. If you’ll ever be in Gdansk, don’t miss a chance to give a visit to this coast for a beach day.
If you ask how can I describe Sopot with 3 words, I’d say Lovely, Impressive & Magnetic. 

2 thoughts on “Day Trip to Sopot, Poland

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