Although the idea of a beach holiday in Poland might seem about
as plausible as a ski trip in the Netherlands, the wonderful town
of Sopot is sure to confound these preconceptions. Although still
very much a well-kept secret on the mainstream tourist scene,
northern European travellers have been flocking to Sopot for many
years to experience its gorgeous sandy beaches on the shore of the
Baltic Sea. Primarily a beach resort and health spa town, Sopot
buzzes every summer with the throng of relaxed, happy visitors on
its famous wooden pier (the longest in Europe), enjoying the long
sunny days and the numerous restaurants, bars and shops on offer.
Sopot's relative obscurity means that it is a far cheaper option
than other more established European beach holiday destinations -
making it a perfect place for budget travellers or backpackers.
Sopot boasts a vibrant nightlife, and even hosts the annual Sopot
International Song Contest, one of the biggest of its kind in
Europe. Sopot is bou