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The third member of northern Poland’s Tri-City area (the other two being the much larger cities of Gdańsk and Gdynia), Sopot has become incredibly popular in recent years, but not just for its reputation as a 19th-century spa resort for the well-heeled. If a genteel spa break taking the waters, promenading by the Baltic and munching cake in cozy cafes is what you're after, there’s no better spot in all northern Poland to do so. In the last two decades a very different clientele has burst onto the scene. No other Polish town outside of Warsaw attracts such an international gaggle of hedonists, drawn to this small seaside town by some of the ...

The third member of northern Poland’s Tri-City area (the other two being the much larger cities of Gdańsk and Gdynia), Sopot has become incredibly popular in recent years, but not just for its reputation as a 19th-century spa resort for the well-heeled. If a genteel spa break taking the waters, promenading by the Baltic and munching cake in cozy cafes is what you're after, there’s no better spot in all northern Poland to do so. In the last two decades a very different clientele has burst onto the scene. No other Polish town outside of Warsaw attracts such an international gaggle of hedonists, drawn to this small seaside town by some of the best nightclubs in the country. Sopot, at least in summer, has become the place to see and be seen in your brightest bling, ambling in a sunglazed, post-club haze along the beach by day, partying with the masses during the hours of darkness and beyond. Many nightclubs sit right on the beach, meaning the revelry spills out onto the sand and sometimes into the briny itself. Of course you could also just come to Sopot for a family beach vacation, exploring Europe’s longest wooden pier between bites of waffle and licks of ice cream on the sands. In short, whatever you’ve come to the Baltic to do, Sopot is a great place to do it.

Marc Di Duca
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Marc Di Duca has written and updated more than 40 guides, mainly for Lonely Planet but also for AA, Thomas Cook, Berlitz and Bradt. Having spent the last 20 years exploring the former communist world, his main field of expertise is Eastern Europe and Siberia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Poland on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea
  • Language: Polish
  • Currency: Polish Zloty
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    During the short summer season (June to August)