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Hel is an old fishing port at the tip of the Hel Peninsula - a narrow strip of land in northern Poland with Pucka Bay on one side and the Baltic Sea on the other. The first written records of the place date back to 1351. The peninsula has wonderful sandy beaches all along the sea coast and the bay is a great place for windsurfers and anglers. Between these two, there is a narrow strip of woodland, a railway line, a village from time to time and only one road leading from Wladyslawowo at the start to Hel at the end of the peninsula. As you go east you pass Chalupy, Kuznica, Jastarnia and the most touristy of those, Jurata, before you get to Hel. Crowded with tourists and their cars in the summer months, the peninsula can be a real haven in the low season - in June or September. Unfortunately, strong winds and storms make it less attractive in winter months.
Like all the places along the peninsula, Hel has wonderful spacious sandy beaches - you must cross the pinewoods to get to them as they are on the side opposite to the port. On the way, visit, and perhaps climb to the top of the lighthouse to see the great view.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Spacious sandy beaches, the port running tourist cruises, some good restaurants, interesting shops with amber jewelry
  • Cons:Very touristy in the summer, enormous traffic jams on the way there
  • In a nutshell:An interesting place to visit
  • Last visit to Hel: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated Apr 7, 2011
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  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    I have heard about fish being sold by weight in Poland, something that does not happen in the UK and it frequently comes in batter.

    • evaanna's Profile Photo
      Aug 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      It's true, and usually they don't tell you how much it weighed till you have had it and are paying the bill. Too late to prove anything!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    I wish I had gotten to Hel when in Sopot, etc. Fishing boats remind me of my home as well as my old favorite Rockport, Mass. (Pigeon Cove) Interesting architecture...wonder the years of construction. Your pic of desert - lime jello, bananas, chocolate and ??? Unusual combination. Thanks for a good look at a charming little village.

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Nice and very interesting tips !!!! Gracias

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Fishing and the water activity really make this place popular, I am sure. YOu did a nice job of taking the pictures and making comments. I hope tourism does not take away from the cultures

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    fishing towns like this one have a special charm and usually some delicious fish dishes!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    Hel sounds quite interesting. Love watching Seals, they get up to some antics, and are pretty cute! Nice embroidery and Folk art too!

  • Oct 12, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    great tips and wonderful picture of the old fisherman's cottages

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    Another lovely trip...beautiful spot. Love the tall ships. You found very sweet restaurants. Hedgehog desert? Unique. Good info about debris in the sea.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    Excellent Hel page. Travelling by high speed water-taxi may be a great experience! Boat trip on Gdanska Bay and walking along the promenade sound more relaxing. The Old Fisherman's Cottage certainly looks amazing. ~ho & pang

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    What a wonderful informative description, Ewa :-)) And what a great way to celebrate your birthday :-) I love the coin device idea and also the sea education information. And our hedgehog cake is called Rehrücken :-)

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