Sopot and Gdansk, Poland.

Admittedly the Baltic coast doesn’t appeal to everyone and it may not be the ideal destination in the winter, but come late spring and summer the small Polish coastal city of Sopot welcomes party hoppers from all over Poland and Scandinavia, attracted by ‘its white beach, fin-de-siècle villas and lively cafe-and club-lined boulevard’, reports the New York Times. The flashy new Dream Club is proving quite a draw for young fun lovers in party mood and the palatial Sofitel Grand Hotel boasts Vladimir Putin as one of its eminent guests. The hotel looks over the sea and nearby pier, the longest on the Baltic.

Sopot is neighbour to the grittier port of Gdansk (formerly Danzig) and both towns are in the throw of preparing for the 2012 European soccer championships, set to take place throughout Poland and the Ukraine. In readiness for expected guests, a new boutique-style Hilton has opened in Gdansk’s historic centre, one of a number of new hotels planned for the two towns. The Ergo Arena between Sopot and Gdansk is also a new addition to the Baltic shoreline, with Lady Gaga being one of the first to perform, and in Gdansk itself, a former power plant has been converted into a symphony hall with a stylish restaurant. The Forest Opera, an amphitheater in Sopot, will be re-opened with 1,000 additional seats and a new roof by 2012.

Ryanair flies to Gdansk from as little as £16.99, from London Stansted, Bristol, Leeds and Dublin. So book now for a late spring holiday and see the Baltic sights.

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