Capital of municipality (one of two cases where municipality isn't named after it's capital) this inland town might be a good place to get out from lots of tourists in coast. While not spectacular on itself, it has a newly built church, park and a nice landscape around it.
A town of Juodkrante in Neringa is second largest town there, however, it is less known than Nida. In many cases it however is quite similar, it has quick access to both Baltic Sea and Curonian Gulf. Also, less time is required to go to Juodkrante from the mainland than to Nida. It has an old church and the Hill of Witches is nearby. Might be a good choice if you want to be with even less people than in Nida (in this case, two other towns in Neringa : Preila and Pervalka, also could be considered)
When one goes to Klaipedos Apskritis, usually they doesn't explores inland of it - while for sure the most beutiful towns, cities and nature is exactly near coast, some inland towns can also be interesting.
Kretinga manor is the major object of this town of about 21000 people. The manor was ruled by count Tiskevicius, now the museum is housed inside of it, in which some things of Tiskevicius an dthat period are shown, as well as old pictures and drawings from that time. Manor also has it's inside garden with trees and pond. There is restaurant in it, called "Pas Grafa" ("At Count's"). Although you'll have to pay to enter, it is quite worth that. Especially in winter, when you can sit warmly inside, bellow trees, and at the same time see snowy outside through huge windows of the inside garden.
The garden was recreated by students from nearby agriculture school as it was destroyed by Russians, though now it looks as it did in count's times.
In Soviet times all the people from hamlets were concentrated in newly built villages, around which there were "collective farms", which all people in village collectively cultivated. Most of these villages were run down and bad, and currently there are troubles with employment in them. However, in Soviet Union together with real reality coexisted an imagined reality. There were some places which would have been shown to foreign guests and such to show supposedly the might of Soviet Union. These places, of course, were looked after and looked differently from standart ones. Juknaiciai soviet farmtown was one of them, built as a "ethalon for farmtowns". You can see how it looked. It also has a hotel (like spa hotel), which reminds Soviet times - it has an inside garden, in the restaurant of it there are old paintings from XVIII age, there are also old huge lamps and big inside pool. This was where Soviet leaders who came to view this farmtown once stayed, now everybody can stay there.
Although finding wild or totally deserted beaches in hot summers might be impossible, still it is possible to be relatively alone in beach if you want. You just have to come to it outside of major resorts and cities. Places between Klaipeda and Palanga , also between Palanga and Sventoji, might be nice for that. Beaches are good and in some cases even better (wider) than in resort towns. Dunes might be not as spectacular though, but if you come just to swim it doesn't matters much maybe... If you just want to go to sea and you have car, places near small not so touristy towns or between towns might be the best places to aproach the beach. If you want to spend a longer time, and you need other attractions too, not just beach, probably main resorts would be a better solution to you in that case...
Lithuania isn't known for natural disasters - vice versa actually, there are know tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes or volcanoes here. However one disaster which repeats itself almost every year, is floods near Rusne, in southern Klaipedos Apskritis, in the island of delta of Nemunas river and nearby. Each spring (or almost each) due to the melting ice and snow these lowlands (the only places of Lithuania bellow or about sea level) get flooded. There is system of polders now, though at some springs it isn't able to compensate all the pouring water so floods still happens. Locals are used to it, some even uses the flood to fish at flooded grasslands and such. However in some larger floods evacuation campagns are needed. Sometimes Silute-Rusne road is flooded too and special "ferry", a vehicle carrying big-wheeled tractor, is needed. Because this is teh only road to Rusne and if it'd be intrafficable, the town would be cut off. Views of people going through cold water from their hamlets to towns to buy things and military amphibious transports organising people transporting are quite exotic though. If you visit Klaipedos Apskritis in spring, you might want to check if the south of it is flooded that year...
This hotel is located on a side street several blocks north of the old town but only a short...more
We have just got home from two weeks at this lovely hotel and can honestly say we could have stayed...more
The hotel was centrally located in Klaipeda and a good point for day trips to Palanga and Neringa....more