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Hel    is city on the end of Hel peninsula in Poland. It is surrounded by the sea from all sides beside the peninsula and therefore a perfect water sport center. The settlement was first mentioned in the early Middle Ages and its inhabitants lived on piracy. In 1266 Hel received its town charter which was affirmend in 1378. From 1454 until the Second Polish Partition in 1793 Hel was a private property of the city of Gdansk. After World War One Hel was the biggest Polish fishing harbour and defended itself for other one month against the German invaders in the beginning of World War Two.
The only way on land you can take is along the peninsula. The city is pretty small so you can get on foot everywhere. The main road is the Ulica Wiejska with a lot of cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Its fine buildings are from the 19th and early 20th century. The south boulevard leads from the old military harbour to the new harbour, where tourist ships leave for a trip on the sea.
Souvernir shops are along the Ulica Wiejska. Amber is a typical souvenir from hel.
There are a lot of other sea resorts along the Hel 34 km long and 300 to 3000 m broad peninsula, from east to west Jurata, Jastarnia, Kuznica, Chalupy, Wladyslawowo, Chlapowo, Rozewie and Jastrzebia Gora. You can get to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia by ferry.