Polish bathing beaches. Where should you go on vacation?


The long May weekend, which gave us a foretaste of summer, is coming to an end. So we are slowly beginning to turn our thoughts to the upcoming vacations. High temperatures and sunny days prompt us to look for ideal places to relax, and what could be a better choice than relaxing by the water? So it’s worth learning more about bathing areas that offer not only refreshment, but also safety and comfort. Do you know which ones are allowed and how to find them?


As defined in the Water Law of July 20, 2017, bathing areas are specially designated and properly marked areas of surface water. These places are suitable for use by people wishing to take rest and bathing. It is important to note that such places can be considered a bathing area only if the water quality is subject to constant monitoring. Excluded from this definition are swimming pools, swimmers, or enclosed bodies of water that are intended for therapeutic purposes or are artificially separated from natural surface and groundwater. The decision to designate a bathing area is made by the municipal council.

Procedure for the organization and operation of bathing sites

The procedure for the organization and operation of bathing beaches in Poland begins with the submission of an application by the bathing beaches’ organizer to the relevant mayor, mayor or city president. This application must be submitted by December 31 of the year preceding the bathing season. The mayor then prepares a draft resolution on the list of bathing areas, which is published in a customary manner, allowing residents to submit comments for at least 21 days. At the end of this period, any comments are reviewed within 14 days.

By February 28, the draft resolution is submitted to the Water Authority, the water owner, the relevant body of the Environmental Protection Inspectorate and the state sanitary inspector for their opinions. If negative opinions are not given within 14 days, this is considered acceptance of the project.

Finally, by May 20, the municipal council adopts a list of bathing sites and determines the bathing season, which covers the period from June 1 to September 30. After the resolution on the list of bathing places, information on the number and changes from the previous season is submitted to the competent sanitary inspector. The organizer of the bathing area is responsible for marking it and establishing, in cooperation with the sanitary inspector, a schedule for taking water samples, which are then tested before and regularly during the season to ensure the safety and hygiene of users.

Safety at bathing beaches

Safety at bathing beaches is a priority for both local authorities and bathers themselves. All official bathing areas must meet strict safety requirements, which includes the presence of qualified lifeguards ready to intervene at any time. It is also mandatory to equip bathing areas with necessary rescue equipment, such as lifebuoys, ropes, and defibrillators in case of cardiovascular emergencies.

Equally important, water quality tests are conducted regularly, which is crucial to ensure the health and safety of bathers. Procedures in case of accidents are clearly defined and regularly reminded to both staff and visitors through information boards and safety instructions. All this contributes to the fact that Polish bathing beaches are not only attractive, but also safe, as evidenced by their growing popularity among tourists and locals.

The most popular bathing sites in Poland

Poland offers numerous attractive bathing beaches. Last year their number was 683, and each of them has something unique to offer. On the Baltic Sea, the beach in Sopot regularly attracts tourists with its wide, golden beach and gentle descent to the sea. In central Poland, excellent bathing conditions are offered by the municipal bathing site in Slok near Belchatow, famous for its clear waters and well-developed tourist infrastructure.

In the mountains, Lake Solinskie impresses tourists not only with its ability to swim with views of peaks and hills, but also with its unique microclimate and water clarity. In Masuria, don’t miss the Gizycko bathing area, which is popular for its excellent sailing and windsurfing conditions, as well as its beautiful natural scenery. Each of these places provides a different atmosphere and guarantees relaxation in nature.

How to find the right bathing area?

To find a suitable bathing area in Poland, it is advisable to use the resources of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS), which plays a key role in monitoring the condition of Polish bathing areas. GIS regularly publishes an updated map of designated bathing places that meet certain sanitary and safety standards. Information about individual bathing areas, such as water quality, available infrastructure and lifeguard protection, is also available on the GIS website. This makes it easy for users to see which bathing areas are safe and recommended to visit.

Using these tools, we can not only ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable holiday on the water, but also choose a swimming area that best suits our expectations in terms of water quality and available attractions. This can make any visit to the water both safe and enjoyable.

Classification of bathing water quality

The quality of bathing water is classified in accordance with the Regulation of the Ministry of Health and is updated before and regularly during the bathing season. Bathing areas can be given a status ranging from excellent water quality to banned from bathing, depending on test results. Classification of bathing water quality, we described in detail in the article Bathing – where to look for places allowed to bathe? Therefore, it is worthwhile, before going on vacation to the water, to regularly check the current information about bathing sites. Such measures will help us avoid unpleasant surprises and enjoy the vacations in a relaxed manner.

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