Sobieszewo Island is a seaside area of Gdańsk, with an 11-kilometre stretch of beach, only 15 minutes by car from the city centre. It’s one of three islands of the Polish Baltic coast. Also, since 1994 it has the ecological island status, which guarantees that it will be preserved in its natural state. Its proximity to the city centre along with a unique micro-habitat makes it a perfect accommodation for a seaside holiday.
Nature Reserve Mewia Łacha
19 ha of the 150 ha nature reserve is located on Sobieszewo Island (Gdańsk Świbno). It was set up in 1991 to protect the local bird population. It’s one of the most valuable nature reserves along Polish coast, treasured both on a national and European scale. It forms part of the Natura 2000 Special Protection Area. There are over 100 species of wetland birds living in the reserve; for some of them (sandwich tern) it is the only habitat in Poland, whilst others are pretty rare (common and little tern, ringed plover, oystercatcher). For the birds, the most important areas are the beach face, swash zone, sandbars, islands and peninsulas, and sand dunes at their initial stage.
Nature Reserve Ptasi Raj
On the Sobieszewo Island, two international bicycle routes R9 and R10 meet as part of the European network of EuroVelo bicycle routes.