Many people do not initially think of the Central and Eastern European Baltic Coast as a beach destination, however they have been used by Europeans for sun-sea-and-sand destinations for decades. During the Soviet Era, the Baltic coast offered one of the few respites from oppression and was therefore enjoyed by many people and was bustling with activities. Following the fall of the Soviet regime, there was a related fall in visitors to the Baltic coast. Now, it is enjoying a rebound as people rediscover everything they loved about visiting the area, with its lovely beaches, thriving communities, wonderful climate, and delicious cuisine. Here is presented a shortlist of the best beaches the Baltic coast has to offer.
1. Gdansk, Poland

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Gdansk is one of the largest cities in Poland, and is located along the north western coast of Poland. Its prime location historically made Gdansk one of the most important port cities in Northern Europe. It also has a tragic past connected with the Second World War because of this. However, since the war ended it has rebounded magnificently into a vibrant, culturally rich major city. Along with nearby Sopot and Gdynia, these three coastal cities are sometimes referred to as the Trojmiasto, or Tricity. Stogi beach is the most popular and largest beach that Gdansk has to offer – it is clean, with fine white sand, and has many lifeguards. This means it has a splendid boardwalk filled with merchants offering various Polish souvenirs and foods. There are also other great shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities.


2. Liepaja, Latvia

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If you want to visit a beach to party, the Liepaja is the place to go – especially in the summertime. Every July the beach hosts a massive celebration – the Baltic Beach Bash – with entertainment in the form of live music and carnivals, all taking place on the beautiful beach itself. In August, the beach is home to the largest rock festival in the country. Baltic beaches are famed grounds for people hunting for raw amber, which the ocean washes up on Baltic shores on a regular basis. Liepaja in homage to this features a 12 foot tall amber sundial.

3. Palanga, Lithuania

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Lithuania’s biggest seaside resort town is Palanga, and is a popular destination for Lithuanians and foreigners alike. Due to its popularity, this is a beach to visit with the expectation that you will be one beach bum amidst a throng. A refreshing alternative to popular Mediterranean beaches, this beach, along with many of the other popular Baltic beaches, offers an experience that is completely novel and unique. Remnants of older eras remain along with the urgency of the youth who want to speed things up by blasting “Europop” hits. Balmy summer weather makes it the best time to visit this beach, and sitting on the beach during a lilac sunset is idyllic in every way.

4. Rügen Island, Germany

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Rügen is Germany’s biggest island, dotted with idyllic natural beaches, gentle chalk cliffs, and nature that is just about as pristine as it gets. This is the perfect beach getaway for the nature lover or the person who enjoys their time away from the typical beach crowd. Many famous visitors have been to the island throughout time, including the likes of Albert Einstein. The little town of Binz on the island is small and charming, and has a nice boardwalk along with five beautiful classic German mansions.

5. Pårnu, Estonia
A beautiful, natural beach with fine yellowish sand and a pleasant summer climate, Pårnu is a great beach destination for the beach-goer seeking an interesting alternative. The water along the beach extends out, making for a nice, shallow swimming area for families and youth alike. This also ensures that the famed frigid Baltic waters are actually pleasantly warm here. High levels of Amber in the area suggest that the Baltic was once a vast forest and amber seekers can be spotted using special nets to fish for the organic gem


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