I don’t like to go on vacation during the summer peak season. Most of the time we choose to visit some popular places in late May/June or September. Why? Because everything is cheaper and more quite. There are no crowds or traffic jams, and you can go to a restaurant without making a reservation two weeks in advance.
One of the places in Poland that fills up with tourists to its maximum capacity during the summer is Leba (Łeba). It is located in the Pomeranian voivodeship, near Lebsko Lake and along the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is only about an hour and half away from the Tricity (Gdansk, Gdynia & Sopot) and about 5 hours away from Warsaw.
The population of this popular town is only about 4 000, but during the summer holiday season there can be somewhere around 100 000 tourist in town!! So imagine, how crowded it can get on the streets, restaurants and the beaches. So for me, the best option is to wait with the visit until the second half of September when the weather is still really nice (above 25°C). Then, you can almost have the town’s beaches for yourself.
As my parents have a little cottage just on the outskirts of Leba, I have visited the town many times already with my husband and my dog, who loves the salty water. Why do I like it so much and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to visit the Baltic Sea? Here are a few reasons:
Dark blue water and golden sand create a beautiful scenery, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the sun. The beaches are really wide and are separated from the bordering woods by amazing sand dunes. Starting at the town’s harbor, you can walk along the beach eastwards for about 12 kilometers until reaching the Stilo Lighthouse. The further east you go, the less crowded the beach is. At some point, you may have it for yourself (even during the high season).
The park covers 186 km2 of which about a third is strictly preserved. In 1977, UNESCO designated the area a biosphere reserve. The most popular part of the park are the sand dunes, which can reach up to 30 meters in height. The highest peak is Rowokol at 115 meters above the sea level and serves as an excellent observation point on the park. The dunes are known to be “moving dunes”, as the wind and waves carries the sand inland from 3 to 10 meters per year. They are considered a curiosity of nature on an European scale.
Located about 12 kilometers away from Leba and 23 kilometers in distance by car, it is definitely worth a visit. I recommend going for a one-hour-walk from the nearby town of Sasino to the lighthouse through fields and pine forests.
The lighthouse was built in 1904-1906 by Germans. It is 32 meters high and about 1 km away from the sea coast. It is one of 17 working lighthouses in Poland. The building is open from June 1st to August 31st between 10:00A.M.-6:00 P.M. Inside you can learn about the history of the lighthouse, Baltic wrecks and other Polish lighthouses. Unfortunately, all information is only in Polish.
The lake is 6.6 kilometers long and 1 kilometer in width. It is only a 20 minute walk from the Baltic Sea and a great alternative spot for summer activities in the area. You can rent paddle boats and kayaks. There is also small and a bit wild beach. The lake is also known to windsurfers as a good spot. There is a windsurfing school (operating since 20 years), where you can try your first steps with this beautiful sport.