Family Ride — Poland’s Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Sun, sea, sand, and secluded bike paths — A paradise for a family cycling vacation
A bicycle tour along the Baltic coastline of Poland is a beautiful ride. A relaxing and interesting exploration of an area steeped in history, passion, and a love for the great outdoors. It is the perfect destination for a leisurely family cycling vacation.

The historic city of Gdańsk, in the Pomorskie region of North Poland, is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Baltic coast. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city has a deeply influential past; for it was here that the first shots of WW2 were fired, and here that Solidarity rose up against the Communists during the Cold War. It was also a city that suffered the worst devastation imaginable in 1945 — with 70 percent of the city levelled by Russian bombings.

Gdańsk’s history is what makes this place so remarkable though; for the rebuilding efforts and restoration are incredible to see. Walk through the cobblestoned streets, along the riverside, and past the magnificent St Mary’s Church, and you will marvel at the way this town has picked itself up from ruin, and remodelled itself into a spectacular architectural vision.

Gdańsk makes the perfect starting point to a tour of the Polish coastline – it is well connected to international airports and accessible by ferry from Scandinavia. Spend at least 24 hours in the city to experience and embrace the vibrancy and history.

From Gdańsk head out onto the coast, and join the EuroVelo 10/13 route; the well marked path is the artery of a Baltic Sea cycle tour. The EV route takes you through the Tri-City area of Gdańsk, Sopot, and Gdynia; three unique metropolises that almost merge into one, sat on the Gulf of Gdańsk — with its broad sandy beaches, piers, and lighthouses.

The Pomorskie coastline is a delight for a foodie, with plentiful local cafés that will serve fresh cake, ice-cream, and freshly roasted coffee; to be savoured as you look out on the waves crashing on the shore, and the children enjoying the numerous beach playgrounds.

When you have ridden enough to work up a real appetite, then find one of the many seaside fish restaurants. With the boats pulled up on the beach below, you can be sure that this catch is fresh. Local specialities include zander, pike perch, and herring; normally grilled, and often served with a creamy dill sauce — the perfect lunch to be enjoyed on the shoreline.

As you ride further west, you discover another focal point of the Pomorskie region — the Slovincian National Park. Close to the coastal town of Ustka, this beautiful untouched region is a real highlight of the EuroVelo route that passes through its heart. Stop to watch the amazing bird life on the inland lakes, and enjoy the serenity of the shaded sandy paths through the forest — it feels like a private wilderness waiting to be explored.

Ustka itself is another place well worth a stopover on your tour of the Pomorskie province. The town has a rich past as a trading port, but also offers a beautiful historic and architectural side; with traditional timber buildings, and a sunny wooden promenade. This is the ideal place to stop for a seafood supper.

One final call in the Pomorskie region that is not to be missed, is the ‘floating café’ Gościniec at Dolina Charlotty. You would not believe that this peaceful nature reserve, with its boating lakes and forest, is actually the venue for one of the biggest rock music festivals in Poland. Depending on whether you want to rock out, or rest up, pick your time to visit these special lakes.

As you continue a tour westward along the EuroVelo 10/13 route, you head from the Pomorskie region into the West Pomerania province on the Baltic coastline.

Two highlights of this most western region of Poland are the historic towns of Kolobrzeg and Świnoujście.

Kolobrzeg is a classic Baltic Sea coastal town, with an iconic lighthouse and seaside boardwalk. The town was once famed for its salt production, but more recently the salts you will find here are for the health spas that spread outwards from the town along the white sandy beaches. This is the perfect stopping point as you tour along the coast.

Świnoujście offers something completely unique — a city spread across 44 islands. The most western city in Poland, this metropolis has a rich history of fortification and travel — it is still one of the primary routes between Poland and Scandinavia, and historic highlights to visit include landmarks like Angel Fort, and the ancient city breakwater lighthouse.

For those looking to span the complete route to the German border, Świnoujście is the ideal end-point. You can lounge on the vast white beach, looking out on the Baltic Sea, and enjoy local delicacies and spa treatment in the plentiful restaurants and hotels that grace the town.

The cities of West Pomerania are also known for their beautiful and vibrant festivals, so be sure to time your visit to coincide with one of these unique events. Whether you are interested in touring the fortresses of the city, or exploring the temples and architecture; there is a festival that brings each interest to life.

A tour along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route is a spectacular and rewarding experience. The riding is not overly testing, but you will be challenged to explore and experience all of the marvellous highlights that this route and regions have to offer. Embrace the local cuisine, explore the history, and enjoy the relaxing spa treatments — this is a part of Poland well worth discovering.

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