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.
Sobieszewo Beach is located along the eastern stretch of the Gdańsk Bay. The beach is wide and the dune belt protects it from inland winds. It’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming and romantic strolls. During the summer, there are two guarded beaches: Gdańsk Sobieszewo, by the end of Falowa Street and Gdańsk Orle (Lazurowa Street). Lifeguards are there every day from July 1 to August 31 between 9.30 – 17.30. However, the rest of the beach, though unguarded, is also perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
We especially recommend the beach by the Ptasi Raj nature reserve (Gdańsk-Górki Wschodnie), where you can find a quiet spot even in the midst of holiday season.
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. Between May and September the reserve is protected by the KULING Research Group, a team of volunteers who try to guard the most valuable part of the area from human interference. Living in the reserve, they watch over the birds and their nests, as well as rare plants and lichen. They also work on marking out tourist tracks so that less people tread on the sand dunes and destroy vegetation that grows there. Sandbars and little offshore islands, favoured by birds and seals, are protected from boats. The KULING team also work on educating tourists and the local community on the importance of nature conservation.