During the warmer summer months, the seaside port of Gdynia in Poland becomes a thriving place for visitors.
Because it has something for everyone. And to demonstrate this, we’ve put together a list of 5 things to do when you visit Gdynia:
1. Go to the Beach
If you want to relax and unwind while soaking up the sun, Gdynia’s beaches are perfect for that. Simply head to a Cliffside spot that’s become popular with paragliders and is the start of many forest trails. You just need to get off the train at Gdynia Orłowo and you’re there.
Alternatively, if you prefer something a bit livelier, there are plenty of restaurants and bars that offer a buzzing atmosphere. The best place for hustle and bustle is the beach that’s at the heart of the city – it’s 200 metres long and boasts many different facilities as well as a play area for the kids.
2. Walk Along the Promenade
The city of Gdynia is symbolised by a fish, and you’ll find a statue of one of these at the start of the promenade. After this, the promenade stretches for 1.5 kilometres, making it great for a refreshing walk along the seafront (if a little breezy!). It dates back to the 1950s and is a truly classic design that’s loved by both visitors and locals alike – as well as skateboarders and cyclists who have their own path to whizz down.
3. Take a Trip to Kosciuszki Square
Near to the seafront you’ll find Kosciuszki Square, which is renowned for its marine heritage (it’s next to the naval buildings in Gdynia) and fountain.
If you’re there on a public holiday you’ll see a stunning floral display which is laid in the square, and you’ll also find a commemoration that was put there in 1987 after Pope John Paul II visited.
4. Buy Local Produce at the Market
Polish cities are well-known for their markets and Gdynia is no different. You’ll find the indoor market (Hala Targowa) selling a variety of tasty drinks and foods that you can sample as you’re walking around. You’ll also find a variety of other items, too, including clothes.
5. Go to a Football Match
If you’re an avid football fan, you won’t want to miss out on one of Arka Gdynia’s football matches – and there’s plenty of room for you in their stadium which seats 15,000 people.
This local team has been enjoying a successful time of late, having both won the Polish Cup and the Polish Super Cup. They even qualified for this year’s Europa League, which is their first time ever.