Cheap Holidays to Poland
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Poland is a great holiday destination if you are looking for the best culture in Europe without the hefty price tag of some European cities. Accommodation ranges from self-catering apartments to guesthouses and cheap hotels.
A holiday to Poland is sure to exceed your expectations. With amazing lakes and mountains as well as beautiful historic cities full of incredible churches and squares there is something to amaze and inspire at every turn. Poland also has great food, culture and nightlife and it is super affordable too. Where else in Europe can you get a beer for £1.25?
Where to stay
Although Warsaw is a large city, it is cheap enough that you can stay at a hotel in the Old Town or the city centre and be close to all the attractions, restaurants and nightlife during your holiday. The Old Town (Stare Miasto) is a beautiful area with lovely architecture, colourful buildings plenty of churches and monuments as well as shops, restaurants and cafes.
Krakow is a stunningly beautiful city with one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. It also has the most beautiful architecture, churches and cathedrals. This makes it a wonderful place to soak up Polish culture. The Old Town and the old Jewish Quarter are central.
The Great Masurian Lakes
This spectacular landscape features over 2,000 lakes and dozens of beautiful rivers. There are plenty of charming holiday towns here too that offer great and affordable hotels. Try Elk, Gizycko or Mikolajki for a great mix of relaxing nature and the bustle of restaurants, cafes and shops.
What to see
Warsaw is a vibrant cultural city that looks to the future as well as honouring the past. Whether you are into history, music, art or just having fun, you will find plenty to entertain you in the capital of Poland. Don’t miss the Royal Route (Trakt Królewski) which takes you through one of the most beautiful parts of the city and also takes in many of the most significant buildings and historic monuments.
Krakow is a beautiful city that escaped much of the ravages of the Second World War meaning its historic buildings are all intact. Don’t miss the market square where you can get a bite to eat. The historic Jewish District is a creative hub of the city, full of cool cafes and bars, galleries and museums making it a great place to visit whilst on holiday.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
A thirty-minute drive from Krakov will find you at the incredible Wieliczka Salt Mine. Dating from the middle ages; this UNESCO Heritage Site is an experience not to miss. You can tour the mines and travel through complex passages, crystal chambers and underground lakes. There is even a church in the mine!
The Masurian Lake District
The Masurian lake district is popular with locals and tourists alike. In the summer months, you can swim, sail or relax at one of the resorts soaking up the Baltic sun. In the evenings there are many lovely restaurants to choose from.
Warsaw is one of the best cities in Poland to experience great nightlife. In fact, it is fast becoming one of the top spots in Europe for affordable night’s out. Bear in mind that when partying in Poland the locals like to dress up, so pack some fancy clothes for your holiday.
The other major cities in Poland also have a variety of great night’s out to offer, including organised pub crawls. For something a little different check out Cybermachina Game Pub in Krakow where you can play video and board games and drink Star Wars themed cocktails.
What to eat
For a hearty meal at the end of a day of exploring, try bigos (hunter’s Stew). It contains meat and sausages, cabbage, mushrooms and spices that are slow cooked for hours to create a satisfying depth of flavour.
Another dish not to miss is pierogi. These half circular dumplings can be stuffed with a variety of fillings and are a bit like ravioli – delicious.
Kielbasa sausages are another Polish traditional food that you should taste when visiting. There are so many types you might not manage to try all of them, but definitely try a few.
Poland has plenty of shopping malls and outlets. However, there are more traditional souvenirs to take home as a gift or a memento of your trip.
Polish wood carvers have been plying their trade since the Middle Ages and you can find every kind of animal or figurine to take home. Gdansk is famous for the quality of its amber. Take a trip to Mariacka Street to find the perfect amber souvenir or gift. Kaszubka dolls are another lovely keepsake. They are handmade and dressed in colourful traditional costume.
For a great variety of products visit Plac Nowy Flea Market in Krakow’s Jewish Quarter. Here you will find more than 300 stalls selling antiques, crafts, clothes and even fruit and vegetables.
Fast Facts about Poland
- Direct flight time: 2.5 hours from London to Warsaw 2 hours 25 minutes
- Transfer time from the airport to the city centre: 20 minutes
- Time Zone: CET
- Currency: Polish Zloty
- Language: Polish
- Average price of a domestic beer: £1.25
- Average price of a bottle of wine: £4
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 367,346