This small village, inhabited by people living from tourism mostly, is known only to the initiated. Its name, pronounced 'poddombee' means 'a place under the oak trees' and you do find enormous old oak trees growing here. Hidden in the forest on a high dune going down to the sea it is one of the most beautifully situated places I know. Here you can explore the ancient forest as well as walk or lie on the beach, but the sand here is not as fine as in Hel for instance, there are some pebbles and grit as well. We have always been planning to stay in Poddabie but never have so far. That is why my picture of it will surely be idealised. We visited the place a number of times but always when the season was over and it was wonderfully peaceful. Having taken a walk to the beach and wandered in the forest for a while, we would sit down to a meal at the local inn - the only one there so easy to find. We usually had pierogi (dumplings with all kinds of stuff inside), my favourite being the ones with blueberry filling, but all the dishes there tasted as if they had been made at home by a great cook. We sat at the tables outside and enjoyed the silence of the country, something we always long for, living in a noisy city.
Let me just add that you don't have to get to the beach or back climbing down and then up the steep steps in the forest. There is a winding road down the cliff that is suitable for wheelchairs even. It's so well hidden that we didn't know about it until we actually saw a boy in a wheelchair returning from the beach.
- Hiking and Walking
To the viewing platform from Czolpino
Another of the trails from Czolpino leads up a dune at the top of which there is a viewing platform, from which you can enjoy a view over a large area, the sea being very close. The trail is paved with concrete blocks and you can see some barriers, which suggest it used to be a military area. A most unusual thing we met on our way was a giant cage with an eagle inside. I don't believe it was there as a tourist attraction - there was no one in sight - it must have had a broken wing or something and they kept him there for his own good. At the end of the trail you can climb the platform and admire the view before going down back to Czolpino.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
This town is situated outside the park, but is on the shore of Gardno lake, which is in the bourders of the Park.
You can borrow here equpment for water sports - Gardno is a big lake.
The highest hill in that area - 115 meters.
On the top is a view point (you must pay to get - it's not much :).
When the weather is really bad, it's closed (for example storm :)