Some 15km northwest of Gdańsk lies Poland’s trendiest coastal resort, which boasts Europe’s longest wooden pier (512m) and a broad stretch of golden sand. With its vibrant nightlife, Sopot is a magnet for young party animals. All roads lead to the beach, where aside from lounging you can meander up the pier (entry 5.50zł May–Sept), on which you’ll find boat tours operating in summer.

Cheap accommodation can be hard to find in Sopot. Your best bet is to look for “Wolny Pokoj” (free room) signs in private houses, where you can rent rooms for around 50zł/person. For the best value restaurants, avoid ul. Monte Cassino and head for the places around 1km south along the beach.

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