The marina at Jastarnia has a club and some facilities for individual sailors. It is just across the small bay from the fishing port and well-worth exploring if you like watching the boats and meeting interesting people. A new pier for yachts has recently been launched. Last time we were there was in early June, still before the season but it is...more
The church in Jastarnia rises above the peninsula - its greenish tower is visible from both the sea and the bay. It is situated in the oldest part of Jastarnia with narrow streets and some traditional low cottages. Already the door with its interesting maritime brass ornaments suggests that this is a fishermen's place of worship. If you find the...more
Muzeum Pod Strzecha - The Thatched Museum - is owned by Juliusz Struck, a local man, who will show you around his museum. The collection includes all kinds of objects connected with fishing and with the past life of the people on the peninsula. The collector will tell you all about their traditional way of living, in which they had to be very much...more
Jastarnia has its own fishing harbour, which supplies the town and its restaurants with fresh fish. If you go there at the right time, you may buy some fish straight from the fishing boat. Some of the fish is exported abroad and you can sometimes see enormous foreign lorries waiting there. However, the local fishermen keep complaining about fish...more
The old fisherman's cottage at Jastarnia dates from 1881 and is now a museum. It displays a collection of all the paraphernalia of fishermen's everyday life on the Hel Peninsula in the 19th century and earlier. I found a child's primer in the Kashubian language especially interesting. As the family living in the cottage were musical, there is even...more
The lighthouse at Jastarnia is visible from the distance of 18.5 km when you are at sea but locating it when you are in town is not that easy. You may pass it on your way to the beach and not even notice it as it is hidden in the forest. The 13.3 m high lighthouse was built in 1950 to replace the old one dating from 1932. It is automatic and,...more
Contrary to what its name says, the place is not just a cafe. We discovered it in April this year, looking for somewhere to have our dinner and already losing hope that anything would be open in Jastarnia at this time of year. In fact, it seems to be one of only two restaurants open all the year round, while in the high season there are masses of...more
This is another restaurant in Jastarnia open all year round. It is situated in the centre of the town and has lots of seats outdoors so it is good for people watching. However, as it was still quite cold in April, we chose to sit inside both the times we visited the place. The fire was burning and there were a few electric heaters provided for...more
You may notice that the streets in Jastarnia have dual names, with differences even in the alphabets used. One of the names is in Polish of course while the other is in Kashubian, the language of the autochthonous population of Pomerania, the Kashubs. The introduction of the double street signs has been the result of recent attempts at a revival of the Kashubian language and culture. Some lovely floral Kashubian ornaments can now be found in the local restaurants and other public places. You can find more about Kashubian art and culture on my Hel page.
Just about 2 km west of Jastarnia you will see four concrete bunkers, which were constructed here before the war in preparation for the defence of the Hel Peninsula from an attack from the sea. Actually, the attack never came - any sea battles took place near the tip of the peninsula but in fact there were not many. The peninsula itself was a trap that did not offer any chances of escape anyway so it was enough to wait for its occupants to surrender. This happened both in October 1939, when the defenders were Polish and in May 1945 when the Germans were losing the war. So the bunkers are just never-used examples of military constructions, which some of you might wish to examine. Grey and ugly, soiled with bird droppings and with some graffiti on them, they are not exactly decorative. Of interest only to warfare boffs.
On our visit to Jastarnia this year we thought we would look for some old fisherman's cottages as they seem to be disappearing from the place at a terrifying speed. Some houses we knew are no longer there and their inhabitants, some of whom we used to know, no longer alive.
Walking in the area of the church, which is the oldest part of Jastarnia, we saw this house. Half-timbered, with a sloping roof, low doors and tiny windows, it looked so unlike its newer neighbours and so lovely at the same time. I hope that whoever lives in it nowadays does not let it be pulled down and replaced by an ugly plastered brick building, of which there are so many in Jastarnia.