The seaside village of Rozewie is a real treat – a sight to behold. Finding Poland’s summer bonanza rolls on with a review of this little gem of a village.
THE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF ROZEWIE
Holidaymakers staying in the nearby town of Władysławowo certainly won’t regret it if they drive ten minutes up the coast to Rozewie for a half-day trip.
The main draws of Rozewie are the 19th-century lighthouse with a small museum, Cape Rozewie Nature Reserve (Rezerwat Przyrody Przylądek Rozewski), the Seaside Landscape Park (Nadmorski Park Krajobrazowy) and the Lisi Jar wildlife refuge and forest ravine with a trail to the beach.
PARKING UP NEAR ROZEWIE LIGHTHOUSE
There is a spacious car park adjacent to Latarnia Park food court on Aleja Leona Wzorka. Parking costs seven zloties for a passenger car.
Approaching the lighthouse on Leona Wzorka, the “Zaślubiny Polski z Morzem” can be seen on the left hand side. “Zaślubiny Polski z Morzem” means “Poland’s Wedding to the Sea”. In essence, Poland’s Wedding to the Sea was a ceremony intended to symbolize reinstated Polish access to the Baltic Sea that was lost in 1793 by the Partitions of Poland. In other words, the three partitions of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The ceremony was first performed on February 10, 1920, by General Józef Haller in the coastal town of Puck.
Opposite the Polish Wedding to the Sea monument is the Blizarium Rozewskie Pod Patronatem museum. The museum holds exhibitions which show the history of the creation of the lighthouse and sea navigation.
Built in 1822 after a year of construction, Rozewie Lighthouse is most strongly associated with Leon Wzorek.
Leon Wzorek worked in the lighthouse between 1920 and 1939. In fact, he was the first Polish lighthouse keeper after Poland regained independence. A former sailor aboard the first Polish Navy Ship ORP “Pomeranian”, Wzorek was a fierce promoter of Polish culture and patriotism in the Pomerania region.
Famous Polish writer Stefan Żeromski is also heavily connected with Rozewie Lighthouse after his stay there during Wzorek’s tenure. For that reason, the lighthouse carries the name of Stefan Żeromski.
PLAŻA ROZEWIE – ROZEWIE BEACH
Behind the lighthouse, there are some steep, stone-lined steps which lead down to Rozewie beach. This is Cape Rozewie Nature Reserve territory. All in all, it’s a wondrous backdrop to quite a wide, sandy section of Rozewie beach.
Rozewie Beach itself is the perfect place for relaxation. It’s hard to believe that this beach ever gets crowded. The beach may be defined as “wild” as there isn’t the usual vast array of restaurants, cafes and public toilet facilities. On the section of beach in front of the nature reserve, people were content to carry out their toilet duties in the forest.
Due to the high cliff and north-east facing beach, we had to move our towels on quite a few occasions to catch the sun hovering over the top of the trees. Even though it was an otherwise sultry June day, it turned chilly when the sun disappeared behind the trees. We had little other option but to lie in the shade later on in the day.