Polish breakfast on the beach – yum!

20160822_094409First day back after the bank hols. … feeling peckish? Fancy breakfast on the beach? How about some scrambled eggs with chives, tomatoes and mushrooms and a tartar of salmon…. Check, and check!

Next time you’re on the Polish coast, don’t forget the beach cafes do amazing breakfasts with the massive bonus of a sea view. So don’t miss out and tuck in !

Smacznego! (bon appetit!)

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On a boat to Hel – part 2

If you’ve never been to Hel… (one ‘L’) – we recommend you go!

20160824_110303Simply board the boat at the end of the Sopot pier like we did (or you can get one from Gdansk and Gdynia too) and enjoy the 1.5hr boat ride across the Gdansk bay to the beautiful forest-filled Hel peninsula.

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The boat trip is reasonable at 35zl per adult one way, you can also buy the return straight away for 70zl, or like us, you can choose to get the hourly train back to Sopot via Gdynia.

The Zegluga Gdanska boat trip company for times and fares: http://zegluga.pl/en/gdansk-bay.html

Get to the ticket office early, as it opens at 9.30am and queues form quite quickly with keen Hel-adventurers.

The train takes 2 hours to Sopot in total, but you do get to see the whole peninsula with the sea either side and all the seaside resorts as you go past. So you get the best of both worlds.

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The boat has a bar with drinks and snacks and you can walk around on 2 levels and enjoy the Gdansk bay from all angles. It’s a beautiful view as you leave the Sopot pier and the lovely beach front hotels, you also get to see the city of Gdynia in the distance. There’s also music playing on board so it feels like a proper holiday boat trip with people sunbathing on deck ­čÖé

We got the 11am boat which got us there for 12.30pm, and we went straight to the Hel harbour for a well deserved fish lunch. Delicious.

The last boat back is at 5pm, which is why we waited and got an 8pm train back to Sopot instead to maximise our time in Hel.

Boat trip to Hel – a must on you next holiday in Poland!

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Beautiful amber stalls by Sopot pier

If you’re an amber super-enthusiast like us – you will love this display of amber that we took pics of on our trip to Sopot last week.

Around 20 stalls all selling just amber right in front of the Sopot pier, just off the glorious sandy beaches. Go shop, and remember, don’t leave without a bit of haggling – every price is negotiable and the shop owners expect ­čÖé

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Sandy beaches in Poland

Have you considered the beautiful un-spoilt sandy beaches of Poland for your holiday?

And did you know Polish summer temperatures are regularly over 30 °C ?

No? Well, there’s a 500km coastline to explore, full of seaside resorts, villages and raw beaches surrounded by┬átrees, forests and sand dunes to make you forget you ever lived in a city.

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You have to go to really appreciate the purity of it. Don’t get me wrong, there are also scattered beach bars with live music and DJs that make everyone on the beach dance around in between dips in the sea. And private beaches from the few grand hotels with their own luxurious hammocks and loungers. And fun water sports hubs with jet skis, parasailing and other delights for the thrill seekers.

But for the most part, it’s just you, walking along the beautiful calm sea, in the super deep, warm sand with┬áthe trees and nature all around you. Yes you might be forgiven for thinking you’re actually on an island and not on the Baltic coast. ­čÖé

And temperature wise? Yes we experienced 38 ┬░C in Poland in peak August when we visited, so you’re on the par with any Mediterranean holiday destination, but at a fraction of the cost! Just book early as Sopot in peak summer is super popular with Polish, nordic and german holiday makers.

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Yes we are getting a tad nostalgic as we explored┬áthese beautiful beaches┬álast week and we can’t wait to go back again!

In just over┬á2hrs from Stansted or Luton, you could be sitting on a gorgeous sandy beach, watching the calm waves and the swimmers (and walkers – everyone walks along the beach…. you try and stop them ­čśë ) , enjoying a delicious ice cream, a glass of Zywiec with raspberry juice or a scrambled eggs and frankfurters breakfast if you so desire.

Did you know Poland could be like this? No? Well go explore it for yourself on your next holiday ­čÖé September is a great time to go once the kids are back at school and┬áthe sea and weather are still nice and warm.

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Sopot: a chilled-out beach hen-do destination on the Polish coast

Welcome to a Polish hen do weekend by the Baltic sea in the beautiful cities of Sopot and Gdansk.

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A weekend hen do in Sopot is a fantastic combination of kilometres of un-spoilt sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, tasty cheap food, great beer and vodka (obviously), great value hotels, fun clubs, great shopping, tons of Amber jewellery and beautiful architecture.

And what is a more perfect end to a night out dancing than a barefoot walk along the beach to your hotel as the sun slowly comes up ( yes the clubs open late and stay open til dawn) …. .perfect!

There are plenty of hotels and apartments along the beach or just off the beach road for real chill-out time, or more in the centre if you want to be in the thick of the party/shopping action.

Apartments would offer the cheapest options and for ┬ú50-┬ú80 per night you can get an apartment for up to 4 people. The hotels are also stunning, we’ve tried out the Mera Spa with its infinity rooftop pool and the Sofitel beach hotel with a private beach – well worth it!

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August looks pretty booked up in Sopot (yes we are going too! ­čÖé ) but we’ve spotted some places are still available for the bank holiday weekend!

And when you’ve recovered from the hen-do partying, there’s the beautiful city of Gdansk to discover – only 20 mins by train , or a boat trip to Hel for the day – much recommended.

If you’re lucky you might also catch the summer market and the folk dancing performances by the Sopot pier.

Fly to Gdansk (then a train or taxi to Sopot) from Stansted with Ryanair or from Luton with Wizz Air in only 2 hours 5 mins.

Enjoy!

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LOT flights to Poland from ┬ú99

Polish LOT airlines are currently running a summer festival with some great return flight fares to major Polish cities.

Offer ends tomorrow so be quick ­čÖé

Krakow from only £99
Warsaw from only £99
Wroclaw from only £139
Gdansk from only £139

All flights fly from London Heathrow airport. 

More destinations on the link below. 

Sales period: May 31st- June 7th 2016

Travel period: October 3rd – December 14th 2016 and January 16th – March 25th 2017

Book online  now :
http://www.lot.com/gb/en/fares-festival

Kazimierz Dolny in a heat wave

Have you visited Kazimierz Dolny?

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At only 50┬ámins by car┬á(60km) from Lublin (slightly longer from Warsaw – 2hrs driving) – it’s a lovely place to go for a relaxed day trip, a weekend away from the hustle & bustle or even a whole week of relaxation.

It’s also good combined when visiting Naleczow spa town which is only 26 mins driving (23km).

We were lucky to visit it last year in a beautiful August heatwave of 38 degrees (and spotted some newlyweds doing their obligatory ‘plener’ shoot in the pretty main square) and here’s why we loved it:

  • gorgeous main square with super quaint old buildings
  • ice creams all around
  • a fabulous ‘shower’ gate that you can keep walking through to cool off
  • ice cold zywiec beer in the main square
  • Wisla river with lovely sandy beaches for sunbathing or a quick swim ┬á– we had a good paddle in there
  • and lovely castle ruins on the hills to go explore and get amazing views of the area – very pretty and romantic at sunset
  • lovely little restaurants dotted around for lunch or dinner
  • pretty hotels

We missed out on the boat cruise but with a bit of organisation and getting up early in the morning …. we recommend it… our friends went on it and loved it!

So next time you’re visiting Warsaw or Lublin, why not slot in a weekend in Kazimierz?

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