Jastrzebia Gora or the hawk's mount
Jastrzebia Gora lies west of Rozewie and is a well-known resort with many posh hotels and boarding-houses, a few cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, all in a forest and close to the sea. The upper part of the village is situated on a high cliff that commands a magnificent view of the sea but is also a little precarious. The houses close to its edge are in danger of sliding down into the sea. Some have already gone down, luckily with no loss of life. The cliff has been reinforced many times but the sea does not give up. The beach below the cliff is narrow, but if you walk further west, you will find nice spacious sandy beaches stretching all the way to Karwia. In the forest just a few steps from the centre stands an obelisk marking the northenmost point of Poland, the so-called Star of the North.
The second photo was taken from the internet. In early June this year (2010) we went there again and found a path in the forest leading from the obelisk to a viewing point where you can see the beach quite well, but we couldn't approach the protective wire net close enough not to have it in the picture.
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
The church at Swarzewo
Swarzewo is a small village situated on the Bay of Puck between Wladyslawowo and Puck.
The place is best known for its 19th century church with the holy statue of Our Lady.
The statue is carved in wood and dates back to the early 15th century.
to be continued
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
The legendary ravine
This beautiful ravine, known as Lisi Jar or the Fox Canyon leads from the main road Wladyslawowo - Jastrzebia Gora to the Baltic and was formed over the centuries as a result of erosion. It used to be 10 km long but the sea has flooded a large part of it and is taking away more and more every year. The ravine is almost 50 m deep at places and is overgrown with lush vegetation, including some ancient beech trees, some of them well over 150 years old.
Legend has it that it was here that the Polish King Sigismund III Vasa and his soldiers had to be rescued from the stormy sea on their return to Poland after the king's unsuccessful attempt to seize the Swedish throne. Even though no evidence of this has been found, the pre-war owner of the place, Count Alexander de Rosset had an obelisk erected there to commemorate the event.
The ravine is a great place for walks, but remember not to stray from the marked paths not to cause damage to any of the rare plants to be found there.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
Avenue of sports champions at Wladyslawowo
The avenue of sports champions (Aleja Gwiazd Sportu) in Wladyslawowo was set up to commemorate the greatest sports champions, although the term 'greatest' is arbitrary in this case. The avenue starts with a decorative fountain and is paved with brass stars inscribed with the names of great sportsmen of modern times, most of them Polish, although you can, for instance, find the star in memory of Sir Edmund Hillary, who together with the Sherpa Norgay Tenzing, was the first to climb Mount Everest. However, there is no plaque to Tenzing, which is definitely unfair. And to many more who would deserve a commemorative plaque as well, while my husband says that some of those who have their stars there don't deserve them at all. But I suppose it's hard to judge in sports.
The avenue leads to the beach so it's very popular with walkers, whether or not they are interested in sports.
- Hiking and Walking
Boat trips from the port
The port in Wladyslawowo was built in 1936 and it consists of four parts: the shipyard, which you are not permitted to look around, the fishing port, the marina and passenger harbour, open only during the high season. At the entrance to the port there is a fishmonger's selling fresh and smoked fish, cheap and very popular with the locals. In the summer you can take a boat trip out into the open sea, which must be nice, but we never had a chance to take it as we were always in the area either too early or too late. Off season the whole of Wladyslawowo becomes just a sleepy town with many of the businesses: eateries, boarding houses and seasonal shops closed. But it is peaceful and quiet. In the summer it's a proper beehive - it's for you to decide which you prefer.
- Sailing and Boating
Climb the tower for the great view
The present Town Hall of Wladyslawowo used to bear the name of the Fisherman's House, but I can't say what went on there at the time. Its tower has a viewing terrace which commands a view of the town, the Hel Peninsula, the Baltic and the Pucka Bay, but it is not high enough to see very far. The building now houses also an internet cafe, the only one in town, very important to all vt-ers and not only!
- Road Trip
Karwia - just the sand and the sea
Karwia is a village west of Jastrzebia Gora but, unlike this famous resort, it offers little entertainment. Its greatest attraction is probably the widest beach on the whole Polish coast with fine white sand. In the summer there is a disco near the beach and a slide for the children. Out of the season - nothing but the beach. Even the only restaurant there is closed then, you have to go to Jastrzebia Gora or Krokowa to have a meal. The numerous pensions, some with boarding, close down, as the owners often live in distant places. In the summer the village is noisy as it's very popular with families with children and holiday camps are organised in some of the houses. It's cheaper than the other places on the coast and safer as there is not much through-traffic.
To the west of Karwia you can find a dam of a Dutch type constructed in the 30s by some Dutch settlers to protect the land from the sea's destructive power. Their descendants still live in the area, so you can come across names like Witbrodt or Schmundt. They also built a whole system of ditches to irrigate the marshlands west of Karwia. Unfortunately, these have been neglected so that now the stagnant water looks reddish and smells badly, and is the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. So a walk to the west of Karwia may not be pleasant.
One nice walk you can take there is to the mouth of a small river east of Karwia. You can get there along the beach or, esp. if it's windy, take the path in the wood. The only other attraction, apart from the beach, was until recently a collection of maritime exhibits outside one of the private houses. A few years ago it suddenly disappeared: we were told that the headmistress of the local school had told the school caretaker, to whom the collection belonged, to get rid of all that 'rubbish'. I hope he did not, just hid it temporarily away from the spiteful eyes, waiting for better times. If you are very fond of sunbathing and swimming in the sea, Karwia is the place for you, otherwise it's a pretty dull and ugly place.
- Family Travel
Lighthouse at Rozewie
Rozewie is the second northernmost point in Poland and takes its name from the oldest lighthouse on the Polish coast. It was first shown on a Swedish map from 1696, but the present construction dates from 1821. You can climb it for a marvellous view of the sea and visit the museum of lighthouses.
The lighthouse stands on a high cliff overgrown with old beech forest, which has now been declared a nature reserve. Some of the beech-trees are about 200 years old and reach 30 m in height and 3 m in diameter. Through the trees and the foliage you can see the blue of the sea.
- Road Trip
The beach at Wladyslawowo
The beach at Wladyslawowo is 23 km long and it's fine sand all the way. On clear days you can see as far as the cliff and lighthouse at Rozewie. There are a few bathing places with lifeguards and some amenities for the children. We were there off season, so it was empty but expect crowds and lots of small eateries and souvenir shops open in the summer. Even in April, long after the season, the wood at the back of the dunes was a complete mess. Whether the litter had been left there by last year's tourists or it had been the locals' doing is hard to say. If you intend to spend your time on the beach while staying in Wladyslawowo, make sure you find accommodation, and there are plenty of places to stay, not too far from it. Wladyslawowo is very large and you can end up walking a long way to the beach across this rather uninteresting town. Personally, I prefer the beaches on the Hel Peninsula itself, not so full and much closer to nature.
- Family Travel