This wasn’t on the itinerary this year, but trying to find an open warm country proved difficult. All the places for big trips are closed so we decided on a European city break. We managed to get a bargain flight here so we had to go!
Getting to Gdańsk
Not going to lie, I was amazed Newcastle airport had a flight so cheap. They’re usually the most expensive airport. So I asked the parents to have their furry grandchildren and we booked up. Our flight was £5.50 return with Ryanair. I can’t even get a bus anywhere for that! We didn’t get baggage, but for 4 days a backpack is well enough!
Finding somewhere to stay
Most of the time in Europe we will use AirBnB or the Booking.com equivalent. I love the authentic feel to an apartment than a hotel. Plus it means you have a nice sofa to chill on if you come back to your room. Our apartment on Booking.com was £98 in total for the 5 nights. It has a double bed, double sofa bed, kitchen, bathroom and a TV. So all you need for a short trip!
Getting around Gdańsk
Depending where you’re off, I much prefer getting around by foot. I love taking in the area and buildings I’d miss in a taxi etc. Uber is super easy here, and so is the trams and trains. Google maps does wonders in how to get around. Some places are easier to just jump into an Uber for, especially with how cheap it is.
What to do in Gdańsk
I didn’t really look this up beforehand. I just knew there would be stuff to do to keep us occupied. When I was last in Poland we did the same and had the best time. There is plenty of excursions, walking/bike/kayak tours, towers to climb etc. so we would just see what we fancied on that day. The one thing we did book was our tea up Olivia Star. It can get busy in peak seasons and was a lovely view over the city! Poland also has lovely market squares and buildings to see on your travels too.
Currency in Gdańsk
Obviously it’s polish zloty here in Poland. But I think since the pandemic, a lot is by contactless payments. Lots of places didn’t have change for cash and preferred contactless payments. I just use my Monzo though so it’s free to use abroad.
Food in Gdańsk
There is so many different types of food in Gdańsk. There is the smaller more local places away from Long Market. Or the bigger places and Polish chains in the centre and along the river. If you visit Poland you need to try Pierogi! We visited Pierogarniamandu which was delish and Pierogarnia Stary Mlyn which is the best yet! We also went to a good Polish chain which is Whiskey in the Jar. They have one in Wrocław and I’d definitely recommend it!
Poland is a fab little break if you’re after a slow break. There is plenty of excursions depending on the type of trip you want. As you can add a bit of history into your trip and do Auschwitz. It’s also really easy to get around to the other cities. So if you want to do long and hop cities, to just on a train! Get yourself on Skyscanner and see where you can get to. Remember to check your travel restrictions like we had to do here and Ibiza!
Would you consider going to Poland?