- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Sopot, Poland
Sopot is a seaside resort town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.
Sopot is one of the country’s most famous towns and is extremely fashionable particularly in the summer months when it often feels that half of the capital has decamped here to see and be seen.
The town’s reputation was built during the late years of the 19th century and the first few decades of the 20th when, as part of the German Empire and then as a part of the Free City of Gdansk, it became the summer home and playground for many of Europe’s ruling classes.
he creation of a series of bathhouses and spas led to the town becoming an increasingly fashionable health resort which lured a select, affluent and aristocratic set drawn by the vibrant social life as much as by the soothing waters of the St Wojciech spring.
Damaged but not destroyed by WWII, the city attracted an increasingly Bohemian, artistic and later reactionary crowd during the years of communist rule when its fame was also increased by playing host to the Soviet Bloc’s equivalent of the Eurovision Song Content.
Today, Sopot is once again a hip and happening place with its trendy nightlife while its sandy and sheltered beaches and range of top class hotel and spas are once again attracting an international audience drawn by its beauty and value for money. Kilometres of cycle routes and forest paths also make it ideal for those who like active form of relaxation while visiting in the warm summer months opens up loads of opportunities for things to do on the sea. Visit outside of the high season and find a pretty little town with some very good restaurants and a relaxed air - whatever the weather.