The shifting dunes of Slowinski National Park continuously attract masses of visitors with their exotic looks, so uncommon for the landscape of European coastlines. Placed on UNESCO list of World Biosphere Reserves as early as in 1967, the 18,618 ha of land stretching between the popular Baltic Sea resorts of Leba and Rowy is highly diversified in terms of natural attractiveness. The park's area not only hides a lot of forest remnants under the countless layers of fine and pure sand, but also encompasses unspoilt beaches, swamps, beaches and meadows – the natural habitat of over 830 vegetation and 257 bird species.
Visit Slowinski National Park for a unique wonder of the Baltic coast: the shifting dunes that move under the action of strong wind, changing the scenery each time you come across the place. Absorb the images of dead tree trunks protruding from among sand grains accumulated into even 56-metre-high dunes, as in the Saharan part of Africa. Relax on the beach of nearby Leba, sightsee the four coastal lakes divided by strips of sand and observe the rare aquatic birds inhabiting the protected area.
The sandy kingdom of Poland is roughly located within about 500 kilometres of a road connection between Warsaw and Leba, but merely 110 kilometres away from Gdansk that also sits at the Baltic coastline – both in the northern directions. Slowinski National Park was established between the highly popular Baltic resorts of Leba and Rowy in the 1960's, with the world-famous moving sandy dunes as the most outstanding examples of local natural diversity. One-time visitors to the park may enjoy a low admission fee to the place, with optimised packages allowing for multiple entries at attractive prices.
The shifting sandy dunes of Slowinski National Park compose 5.1% of the area of the park, with the coastal lakes of Lebsko, Gardno, Dolgie Wielkie and Dolgie Male being the predominant part of the protected landscape (53.9%). The dunes themselves are of different heights, with the pine-covered Czolpinko dune reaching 56,5 metres and the highest white Stilo dune having the relative height of 45,7 metres. The part of sandy landscape that is overgrown with trees or grass is categorised as grey dunes and may be divided into specific sections by the moorland. The white dunes of Slowinski National Park are the most desert-resembling pieces of land there. Formed of fine grains of sand, they occasionally uncover the remnants of forests formerly growing on the site. Nearly 800,000 of tourists come to this unique enclave of Slowinski National Park yearly to climb the sandy hills, whose tops provide perfect observation spots for bird watchers or those who enjoy the view of the Baltic sea from high altitudes.
Slowinski National Park represents the power of sea and wind in land-formation, as these two factors once transformed a Baltic bay into a territory separated from the sea by masses of sand strips. At the same time, the park encompasses pine forests and peat-boggy areas, beautifully embedding the sandy sectors of it. The vascular flora of Slowinski National Park is especially fascinating, with 10 plant associations being unique within the borders of Poland (e.g. wax-myrtle, swamp heath or rare orchidaceous plants). While looking in the sky, you will see the diversified bird populations of Slowinski, with nearly 70% of bird species inhabiting Poland present inside the park. Black-headed gulls, rare white-tailed eagles, cormorants, mute swans, black storks or eagle owls may be easily spotted on the islets, in the marshland and over the natural canals of Slowinski National Park. Known as the domain of untouched environment, when contrasted with the tourist-ridden coastal resorts of Poland, the sandy land of Slowinski National Park is a great place to have your family holiday spent at. Named after the tribe of "Slowincy" once inhabiting the area, it is also situated close to the Museum of Slovinic Countryside – an open-air etnographical park with the finest exhibits related to this aspect of Pomeranian culture on display.
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