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For a Great Summer, Pick Poland

Mild climate, expanses of clean beaches, enchanting cities.

Poland is the best place for a summer holiday. It offers a remarkable combination of historical cities packed with attractions, sandy beaches stretching to the horizon, and safe, certified accommodation.

If you want to mix holiday sunbathing with alluring city life, the Tricity on the Gulf of Gdańsk is the obvious choice. Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot have plenty of city beaches for great relaxation in a sea breeze on hot sunny days. After a sunbathing session, we recommend a walk down Długi Targ (Long Market) in Gdańsk, a visit to the Sopot Pier, or a trip to Kościuszki Square in Gdynia. Some newer attractions worth a visit include the Experyment Science Centre and the Hevelianum Centre.

Near the German border, in the north-western corner of Poland, sitting right on the Baltic coast and welcoming all visitors, is Świnoujście. Situated on 44 islands, it is one of very few cities in Europe located on such an archipelago. This resort boasts the warmest water and the widest beaches. Its many fortifications, build from the Middle Ages up to contemporary times, are a real treat.

A summer holiday doesn’t have to be all about lying on the beach. If you enjoy summer in the city, Warsaw is a dream destination. Its main tourist attractions are familiar to everyone: the Old Town, Łazienki Park and Wilanów Palace are must-see sites on any visit. But it’s also worth exploring the charms of Praga, a district steadily building its new image, and seeing the city open up to the River Vistula from the new Vistula Boulevards or a beach on the Praga side of the river. When it gets really hot, try a stroll in the garden on the roof of the University of Warsaw Library, which offers a delightful view of Warsaw, including the National Stadium and the Copernicus Science Centre. On weekend evenings, it’s worth seeing the Multimedia Fountain Park or listening to an outdoor Chopin Concert in Royal Łazienki Park. The Polish capital’s recreational offering is complemented perfectly by numerous paths, trails and bicycle routes.

Another place worth visiting in summer is Kraków’s Kazimierz district, which is incredible at this time of year. The former Jewish quarter, lying between the Old Town and Wawel Hill, offers traditional kosher dishes in many restaurants that cultivate Jewish traditions. You will be enchanted by the synagogues and other sites of Jewish culture, cobbled streets, and numerous galleries, shops selling second-hand books and antiques, and cafés. Here, the old blends with the new, creating a mix not to be found anywhere else. The Jewish Heritage Route runs across the district, and the internationally famous Jewish Culture Festival has been held here in summer since 1988.

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