Port of wladyslawowo
The port of Wladyslawowo is located at the northern end of the Kashubian seaside area, at the base of the Hel Peninsula which reaches east from the mainland. The name Wladyslawowo derives from the 17th-century military port built at the order of King Wladyslaw IV. It is a typical fishing port but also a sailing harbour with passenger services. It also has a minor cargo function in domestic trade. The port of Wladyslawowo is a fishing base where the boats moor at the piers number 1, 2 and 3, as well as at a part of the pas-senger and cargo piers. Apart from the typical harbour services the port is partly open for tourists. Pictures of fishing boats at sea are unique keepsakes. May through October the harbour is popular with yachts and sailing boats which moor there for a supply of oil, food and water, as well as to make necessary repairs.
In the port there is a sea border crossing for tourists heading for Scandinavian, Lithuanian and Latvian ports. Apart from the cruise boat pier, the west breakwater is also worth seeing for the beautiful view of the town centre. This is also the place from which to admire boats leaving the port or dredgers at work. The breakwaters hold away sea currents carrying sand onto the Hel Peninsula. To avoid blocking the entrance to the port and turning the town of Hel into an island, the sand residues must be removed from the bottom of the port entrance and transported nearer to the shore to make it more wave resistant.
The west breakwater also serves as a walking pier and is the favourite place for anglers and walkers.