More about Hel

Hel's peninsula is renowned for its unique microclimates. Surrounded by the sea on both sides, the Baltic side of the peninsula gets cool northern breeze and hence the sand here warms more slowly, the water is cooler, and you can see some of the biggest waves on Polish coast which are a result of the strong winds. On the other hand, the beaches along the Gulf of Puck, which are sheltered by a belt of dunes and forests, tend to be warmer. Quiet and windless and the water is just right for an enjoyable dip. A lively fishing port complete with small fishing boats that dot the beaches and a yacht marina complete the scenic picture of an ideal beachside resort.

One of the biggest draws of Hel is extreme water sports, mainly wind surfing. The amazing this is that the water is shallow for such a long way out that wind-surfers can foray far out into the sea, where the wind is ideal, and yet land on their feet, so to say, if they were to fall.

Between the sea-coast and the Bay, there is a narrow strip of wooded forest, a railway line that starts at Wladyslawowo goes to the very tip of the peninsula and which passes Chalupy, Kuznica, Jastarnia and the most touristy of those, Jurata, before you get to Hel.