The first record about the village of Gdynia dates from 1253. For centuries, it was one of the many settlements in the Gulf of Gdańsk. Its inhabitants lived on fishing and farming. In the early 20th century, as seaside holidays became more and more popular, Gdynia started to change into a summer resort. A spa house was built near the shore and a bathing beach was arranged, while accommodation for holiday-makers was provided in many houses.