These views appear often in the surrounding nature near Klaipeda. However, you have to wake up early in the morning. Maybe 5 o'clock. These foggy photos are taken somewhere in Klaipeda on way to Palanga.
Cutonian Split is a natural long peninsula with one side bordered by Curonian lagoon, another - by Baltic sea. It is a place, protected by UNESCO World Heritage list. It was a huge work made to safe this land from water of one and other sides and strong wind always causing an erosion of soil.
Now it keeps natural nature, also a few great villages like Juodkrante, Nida, Preila, there it is possible to rent a place for summer holidays. It is actually a more expensive place of Lithuania, also you need to pay for entrancing a land (around 6 euros). Curonian Split could be reached by ferry from Klaipeda.
Curonian Split is just a few kilometers from Klaipeda.
First settlement in Sventoji is known as far as 5000 years back. As a port it was already used in 12th century. It was one of the main ports of former Lithuania, as Klaipeda belonged to Prussia.
In interwar times in 20th century a few piers were built, fishermen settlement was created. Nowadays it belongs to Palanga. Anyway, it is more silent and cheaper than Palanga to take a rest by the sea.
Sventoji is about 40 kilometers from Klaipeda.
For further information you could visit my page of Sventoji.
Palanga is the most famous Lithuanian resort, "a capital of summer". First time it was mentioned in 1253, but legend tells that Danish king Valdemar I visited Palanga already in 1161. Nowadays here you could see J. Basanaviciaus street, ending up with around 1\2 kilometers long pier into the sea, Tiskeviciai palace with botanical garden and amber museum, church.
Palanga is about 26 kilometers from Klaipeda.
For further information you could visit my page of Palanga.
This boy with dog sculpture are built on the bank of Lagoon and from other side on the river side. It is in the Cruise Ships terminal. The boy dreams to be a SeaMan in the future and welcomes ships comming to only Lithuanian Port. The dog means friendship and faithfulness.
The boy was dressed during the Tall Ships Races in summer 2011.
Once one couple from VT asked me to advice about what to see in Klaipeda, in half a day. So I made a plan to see small sculptures of the town. Now you can spend all day walking from one to another one, it makes your walking more interesting. Each small sculpture has a secret and reason to be where it is.
Now I show you one of the newest creations - the river man :-)
Palanga is the biggest and most popular seaside resort for nightlife in Lithuania. It is quite commercialised with plenty of hotels, restaurants, discos, bars, night clubs and casinos.
Most of the entertainment places can be found along the pedestrianised Basanaviciaus gatve which is the main street to the beach and the pier. The sandy beach is about 10 km long and backed by dunes and pine woods.
I went to Palanga on a daytrip by Marshrutka from Klaipeda. The fare for the 25 km trip was 4 Litas (Summer 2006) and took about 30 minutes.
The Curonian Spit (Neringa) is a 98 km long narrow sand peninsula which is connected to the Russian mainland near Kaliningrad.
Its northern end is situated just near Klaipeda, but can only be reached by ferry. Half the peninsula belongs to Russia, the other half is Lithuanian with Nida as its main resort.
Nida is the quiet counterpart to busy Palanga. It is home to a little fishing harbour and impressive sand dunes. Other attractions include the Thomas Mann Memorial Museum, a big sundial and an Evangelican-Lutheran Church with connected cemetery.
From Klaipeda you can get to the Curonian Spit by ferry and then further by bus.
Go to Iki or whereever and buy some nice food. Pack a picnic basket and get on the ferry to Smiltyne. Take the bus that goes to Nida, and go to one of the stops in the forests south of Juodkrante. You can have your picnic in the forest or at the beach. The Neringa is narrow, and it's never a long walk to the beach there.
You can see the Baltic Sea, the pine forests and the great sand dunes. With a bit of luck, you can even get to see wild boars along the road.
It can be a great day in the great outdoors. Just remember that you're in a national park, OK?
Most visitors go directly to the beaches of Palanga or the dunes of the Couronian spit but the city has a few hidden gems as for example the main Post Office built about 100 years .ago and still excellently preserved.
There are some festivals:
first weekend of summer Klaipeda Jazzz festival (more on jazz.lt)
last week or weekend of July Sea festival (more
Remember that there is allways something happening in the city so just check websites and you'll find it
People often forget to visit peer (that actauly we have two). one is in Smiltyne (walk a bit further than dolphinarium. On the bckside of dolphinarium. When you will think that there is no way then go forther and you will find it). Another and easier posibility is to take bus No. 6 and go to melnrage and there climb on northern peer which is actualy shorter but there you can get better view. For free!!!
one more thing - if you are ther in winter time - especialy in december then you can see very nice storm over peer. Unfortunately it is forbiden to walk on it during storms but nobody protects yourself from beein washed away exept you. So it is very nice, wet and extreme experience.
Nothing of precise.. Just give your legs a freedom to go where they want :) I loved going around little streets while searching for the exit to the sea - discovered more of the city than walking by map!
Actually, in the summer most tourists bypass Klaipeda itself and head for the beach! But I'll put Nida and Palanga here anyway, since they are close to Klaipeda. These coastal resort towns are must-see places - especially Nida, which has some nice examples of restored, traditional Lithuanian architecture, good restaurants (in summer), and - of course - beaches. Not far from Nida is Thomas Mann's summer house, where he stayed in the early 1930s - it's nestled in the pines and well worth seeing.
The sand dunes at Nida are extensive and beautiful - even more so than those in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If nature photography is your thing, this is the place for it. Walk the dunes at sunset for contemplation or romance!
Palanga is worth seeing for the Amber Museum (pictured here) - in a 19th century estate - and the Botanical Gardens. And if you are camping at the beach in summer, Palanga is the place to go for nightlife and eating out.
Aquarium and Dolphinarium (aka Sea Museum)
Address: Smiltynes 3, In Summer closed on Mondays. Dolphin shows: midday, 2pm, 4 pm.
Built in an old fort, the aquarium houses many animals. You can see fishes, penguins, seals, sea lions and other ocean-sea animals here and their performances sometimes too. In the Dolphinarium - Dolphins shows with performances of Sea lions and etc.. Very beautiful aquariums.
Want to boast about one project :) , it is taking part in the project of restoring seals population in the Baltic Sea. This May they released 6 new seals grown in the 'museum' hoping they will settle not far away from Lith at least. one of the seals has a misrosheme mounted in him and you can watch his migration ways on the internet 24 hours a day.
To get there - Ferry to Smiltyne or a private boat directly to the Sea Museum (Ferry is also very comfortable and goes often). Btw, horse and bugy rides available while there.