Away from big cities and crowded beaches? Choose a holiday in the Pomorskie countryside
A rooster’s call instead of an alarm clock. A view from the window not onto a busy street, but a garden full of red poppies and yellow sunflowers. Milk not from a box, but the freshest one, straight from a cow.
On top of this: peace, quiet and full relaxation amongst those who love the countryside and share this limitless love of nature with city folks. Rural tourism is an interesting alternative for those who are searching for an original way to spend a weekend. Because the countryside in Pomorskie can fascinate and surprise. And it is not boring at all.
“Countryside calm, countryside joyous! What voice might praise thou virtues?” wrote the Polish poet Jan Kochanowski in “Pieśń świętojańska o Sobótce”. Although these words come from the 16th century, it seems that they have not grown outdated at all. The countryside fascinates, lures with its calmness, soothes and gives new perspective. And while most of today’s big city citizens cannot imagine moving to the countryside, they appreciate healthy country lifestyle. This is where the growing popularity of rural tourism comes from.
Bake bread, learn to embroider
Rural tourism is simply a countryside holiday. We can relax in the householders’ home, spend time with them, observe them at work and eat everyday meals. In a way become a part of the family and at the same time take advantage of the benefits of the farm and its region. We can also approach rural tourism in a more active way – roll up our sleeves, step up to the challenge and get to work on the farm. Where, if not in the countryside, will we learn how to milk cows, bake an amazing, healthy loaf of bread, embroider a Kaszuby pattern on a handkerchief or brush a horse? These are all activities that many of us read about in books, but do not have the possibility actually experience them. While relaxing on a tourist farm we can taste the true countryside life through participating in everyday farm work or folk customs.
Back in the day, when the Polish society was still trying to gather assets in the city, most people had family in the countryside where children would spend their summers. Times have changed and today a holiday in the countryside is an authentic, but directed set of opportunities to get in touch with nature. Pomorskie is currently a third region of rural tourism in Poland. It is worth to familiarize yourself with its offer.
Horses, open air and lavender
The variety of rural tourism in Pomorskie Region amazes. In Przywidz Barbara and Bartosz Idczakow grow lavender. In their Lawendowa Osada they hold workshops about growing, using and processing lavender, and traditional method inspired ways of creating food and other products.
On an Iskra Stud Farm in Sztumskie Pole we will discover horse riding. But the owner, Jakub Gossa, offers us much more – the programme includes horse riding trips around the region and activities in the stables. Thanks to such a complex offer we can familiarize ourselves with the complete horse-riding alphabet.
Those yarning for rural tourism should visit Smołdzin and the U Bernickich guesthouse. Taking place there are open-air painting, sculpting and photography workshops. An unlimited access to magical panorama is given by the Słowiński National Park, one of the biggest national parks in Poland.
To the countryside for health
A trip to a rural farm is not only an unrepeatable atmosphere and attractions that cannot be found in the city. Relaxation amongst nature is simply healthy. And we are not just talking about the climate and fresh air that can finally be taken deep into your lungs. Not without importance is the quality of meals served in rural guesthouses. The products are always fresh, grown and cultivated ecologically, coming from the hosts themselves or from their local friends’ farms situated in the area, or they are simply the fruits of nature. Like in Zagroda Śledziowa, located near Ustka, where the hosts offer herring in every form. Fresh, with local garnish, it awakes the guests’ senses. The guesthouse owners often hear enthusiastic words from their visitors, who are appreciatively eating up naturally grown fruits and vegetables, or marvel on the taste of eggs coming from happy, free range bred hens. It turns out that meals served in the countryside gain a totally new taste.
That is why we can state with 100% certainty that rural tourism are holidays both for the body and for the soul. Plan your trip to Pomorskie and visit www.pomorskie.travel.