Favorite thing: Ku¿nica, like the whole of the peninsula (more appropriately called a sandbar) enjoys a mild sea climate so the plants growing here can sometimes surprise you. The trees in the pictures are pines characteristic of the Mediterranean and not found in other parts of Poland. Graceful yet hardly ever straight, they look like banners flying in the wind.
Fondest memory: Kuznica may not have any nightlife, not that we know of anyway, but its great attraction are its fantastic sunsets. As the evening approaches, quite a few photographers gather on the bay to watch the wonderful spectacle. So of course we had to be there with our camera nearly every evening as well. There must be even more people taking pictures during the season so come early to secure a good position, where the path will not interfere with your pictures. There are a few benches near the shore so you'd better sit down as walking on the rough ground while watching the sun set can be precarious. And you can use the bench as a tripod if you haven't brought one. Don't leave immediately the sun disappears - it is then that the faerie of lights reflected on the clouds is at its loveliest. Enjoy them!
In the summer Kuznica, like the whole Hel Peninsula, is always crowded and noisy, with numerous food and souvenir stalls and cars slowly moving, and more often standing in traffic jams, all along the main road. But whenever we were there off season the place was quiet and beautiful and it was only then that nature in all its forms came into its own. The forest on the dunes was full of bird song when we visited Kuznica in June years ago, which made our walks to Libek, the highest place on the coast, memorable. In the early spring and autumn you can watch migrations of birds over the bay or the sea, and there are swans, ducks, sandpipers, grebes and above all seagulls to watch. The number of cormorants has grown considerably in recent years, which is not good considering their greedy ways. You can see whole flocks of them occupying the pier or perching on the boats.
The flora of the place is a little limited - not many plants will grow on the sandy soil. The forest consists mainly of pine and here in Kuznica you can come across the exotic Mediterranean black pine with branches reminiscent of banners in the wind. All along the bay the wild rose reigns, opening its pink or white flowers in the summer, which later turn into the red hips you can see in the picture. So if you walk or ride your bike along the promenade and the cycle track you have the blue or green of the bay on one side and the green and red of the briar on the other. And if you add to this the colourful boats dotting the bay, you can imagine how picturesque the place can be.
This colourful mosaic can be found on the wall of the 118-year-old school in the centre of Kuznica. The colours are characteristic of Kashubian art and the words could be translated as:
'The village of Kuznica - our fishermen's capital'.
And it is written in Kashubian and not Polish. It could be argued which of the villages really is the fishermen's capital nowadays but it's an interesting manifestation of local patriotism. What I think it says is that the Hel Peninsula is neither Prussian nor Polish, it is Kashubian and as such it boasts its own capital.
The mosaic is unquestionably the most colourful thing in the otherwise grey or brick-red main street of the village.