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What color is the water in the Baltic?


Zanko
6 May 2020 #1
Is the Baltic sea water as dark as the one of the Black sea? Or is it more clear like Mediterranean? Or milk-like like in Balaton?
mafketis 23 | 8,544
6 May 2020 #2
dark as the one of the Black sea?

When is the Black Sea dark? When I've been (late april to late september) in the sun it's light green with bluish highlights...

In my much more limited experience the Baltic is a similar (but less clear) green in the sun in the summer

Both the Black Sea and Baltic are semi-lakes and not that salty (the Black Sea seems a bit saltier than the Baltic though).

The Mediterranean is more intensely salty and blue in the sun.
jon357 63 | 15,068
6 May 2020 #3
Is the Baltic sea water as dark as the one of the Black sea?

No. It's very shallow and doesn't have the famous Black Sea undercurrents.
OP Zanko
6 May 2020 #4
So it's safer for swimmers than the black sea?
And why is Balaton so light colored when it's lake? Does Poland have similar lakes? Morske Oko? Can you swim there?
mafketis 23 | 8,544
6 May 2020 #5
And why is Balaton so light colored when it's lake?

Balaton is muddy (the name is derived from a slavic word for mud - błotno in Polish)

The Baltic and Black Seas are similar to lakes since they're mostly surrounded by land with only relatively narrow channels to the open sea (or ocean)

Can you swim there?

No. There is the Mazurian lake district which you might like..
jon357 63 | 15,068
6 May 2020 #6
So it's safer for swimmers than the black sea?

Some parts of the Baltic coast are dangerous to swim in. In others, you will find swimmers. As seas go however, it is a dirty one and cold.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
6 May 2020 #7
it is a dirty one and cold.

I tried it once after years of swimming in the Adriatic. I was in Darłowo visiting friends, and it was a week of 30c weather. Perfect time to try swimming, right?

Got in, and it was cold and disgusting. The water temperature in the height of summer was around 19c, it clearly wasn't clean, and the beach was packed with idiots with their parawany. Never again.
Miloslaw 6 | 3,027
6 May 2020 #8
The few beaches in Poland are quite poor.
The water is quite dirty, on a Mediterranean level but always very cold too.
Zlatko
7 May 2020 #9
So do Poles just go to Italy, Croatia and Slovenia?
mafketis 23 | 8,544
7 May 2020 #10
Italy, Croatia and Slovenia?

The classic big 5 (in no particular order) are Egypt, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Spain (with Croatia gaining in recent years) Italy is a bit behind (maybe because it's more expensive). I was in Sardinia a couple of years ago and loved it, but local transport was either really inconvenient or very expensive.

Cyprus and Portugal and Malta are all also popular. Tunisia was very popular before the terror attacks and Morocco is maybe creaping into the picture) as are maybe Albania and Georgia.

No one goes to Slovenia for beaches... how much coastline do they have, 20 meters?
jon357 63 | 15,068
7 May 2020 #11
Poles just go to Italy, Croatia and Slovenia?

Dubai is getting popular now (pre-covid) with those who can afford it. The list above still stands, however a lot depends on which destination is being marketed by the big travel agents here. Crete is a popular destination due to low-cost resorts around Chania.


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