Historic resilience meets natural beauty.
Poland has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, giving you just a taste of what the country has to offer for the curious traveller. From historic sites and old town architecture to ancient forests and beautiful beaches, Poland offers so much to interest, entertain and impress tourists.
Whether you’re a historian, nature enthusiast, beach lover or culture vulture, Poland promises a holiday filled with unforgettable experiences.
1. Medieval old town
Immerse yourself in the history of Krakow’s old town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town is one of the best preserved medieval urban complexes in Europe.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Poland was one of the largest and most influential countries in Europe. It was also the birthplace of world-renowned composer Frédéric Chopin and author Henryk Sienkiewicz.
Today, the country has a rich culture of arts, music, literature and dance. The Polish language and its unique alphabet are integral parts of the nation’s identity, as well as traditional Polish folk culture, which is celebrated with colourful costumes and festivals.
Religion, in particular Roman Catholicism, is central to Poland’s culture, and its importance is evident in the religious landmarks, churches and cathedrals across the country.
Poland has a temperate climate and four distinct seasons. The unpredictable weather of spring provides for lush greenery and blooming flowers. Spring starts with a chilly March, but April and May will see slightly milder temperatures. Polish summers are warm, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30°C (68–86°F). Although summers in Poland are often sunny, they do experience the odd thunderstorm that brings heavy rainfall with it.
Autumn in Poland starts off with a warm September, but temperatures quickly drop and the weather becomes more unpredictable, so you’re likely to see rain the further you get into the season. Finally, winters in Poland are cold and they often see temperatures dropping below freezing (-5–0°C/23–32°F). In the mountainous regions temperatures will drop even further. Snowfall is common, creating ideal conditions for winter sports enthusiasts.
Poland has a diverse topography, including northern mountainous regions and coastal areas, so the weather varies quite significantly between different regions.
If you want a city break or sightseeing tour, avoid the heat of the summer or the chill of the winter and enjoy Poland in the spring or autumn, but make sure you go prepared for the occasional rain shower.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, then summer is the perfect season for you to enjoy Poland. It is peak tourist season so it will be more crowded, but you’ll enjoy lively atmospheres, outdoor concerts and plenty of outdoor adventures. Just book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Winter is the time to enjoy winter sports in Poland, particularly in the Tatra Mountains. It’s also a good time to go on a city break to enjoy the festive season. Poland has some fantastic Christmas markets during December.
The food you’ll find in Poland tends to be hearty comfort food that’s deeply rooted in traditional cuisine. Tuck into pierogi, dumplings filled with potatoes, cheese, meat or mushrooms, or fill up on bigos, a hearty dish known as ‘hunter’s stew’. Polish sausages, called kielbasa, are popular as well as schabowy, similar to a pork schnitzel. To finish your meal on a sweet note, try paczki (filled doughnuts) or sernik (cheesecake).
Prices correct as of 03/11/2023, subject to change and availability. Provided by Co-op Holidays, ATOL protected 11121. Where applicable, resort fees are payable locally. Prices based on 2 adults sharing.