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The most popular place to fish in Kuronian lagoon is the port gate.... There are not only fishermen who enjoys it :-) Near Juodkrante there is a big territory occupied by cormorans. They are famous trees killers. I have a feeling this territory can be well used for horror movie :-) But there are also more kind birds :-)more
Differently than in developed summer resorts, don't expect to see strawy umbrellas, cots and umbrellas prepared for you in the Curonian Beach. There are also no high buildings close to the beach of Neringa. Anyhow, the beach is free for everyone (if you don't count entrance fee to the Curonian Spit), sand is cleaned regulary so just follow the...more
When you drive from Juodkrante town to Nida town, take a little stop to see "nature monument" - Cormorants camp. These crazy, humongous birds eat fish from the Baltic sea, they are pretty good divers, then they come back home to nests in trees and empty their bowels. Everything looks very natural and fine if not dead trees around.. the thing is...more
All the Baltic side of the Curonian spit is a long sandy beach, but remember that you cannot go anywhere, there are reserves also on this side of the spit. Anyway there's really a lot of space for everyone who wants to swim in the cold Baltic sea, or just stay at the sun to get the "right" colour! ;-)We went to a beach very close to Nida, just on...more
The famous German writer, Thomas Mann, a winner of the Nobel Prize, took his family to Nida for the first time in 1929. Then he decided to have a summer cottage there. At the end of Skruzdyne street, on the Uosve (which means Mother's-in-Law) Dune he found a vacant piece of land and with the help of E.Molenhauer rented it for 99 years. Very soon,...more
The Parnidis Dune is maybe less impressive than the ones up in the north, but it's particular since there is much less vegetation, it really looks like the Sahara desert in some points... except the fact that you are on the Baltic sea! ;-)At the foot of Parnidis Dune on the northern side lies the "Valley of Silence", a peaceful place surrounded by...more
Nida is the southernmost village on the Lithuanian side of the Curonian Spit, just 2/3Km from the Russian (Kaliningrad region) border.It's the biggest village on the spit, very picturesque, and with many restaurants and accomodation offers.All the wooden houses are in perfect conditions, it seems that thay all have been restored yesterday!Here you...more
Here are the grey (or "dead") dunes which are often covered with grass vegetation.Underneath are places of old villages that were buried by drifting sand, naturally grown forest and ancient forest soils. In places where the wind blew out deep hollows, the cultural strata of old settlements and buried forest soils can be seen.(information taken from...more
Nagliai Strict Nature Reserve is 9 km long and lies between the villages of Juodkrantė and Pervalka. It's probably the most spectacular part of the Curonian Spit, here you can walk along a touristic trail up to the dunes on the lagoon side. From the top point you can see both the sea and the lagoon, and the view is really breathtaking!You can...more
Juodkrantė is the first village you see going south from the ferry pier.It's a very small village along the lagoon, not much to see there, but there's something nice there around.The Witches' Hill is probably the most famous attraction here, but it's nice just to go around the little village, or cycling along the lagoon.more
Witches' (also called St. John's or Eve's) Hill is reminicent of the Midsummer celebrations from ancient times. The hill was used to roll the burning pitch barrels down to the lagoon on this night.The major attraction of the hill today is the park of wooden sculptures. It was set up in 1979 according to the project developed by the sculptor S....more
This is a wonderful open air exhibition. There are many wooden sculptures produced by Lithuanian craftsmen who spent summers in Juodkrante between 1979 and 1981 and created a place of witches and spirits based upon Lithuanian legends, folk stories and fairy tales. In 1988, more sculptures were added making this place more interactive with the...more
This was Thomas Mann's summer retreat where he and his family spent time. A place where he relaxed and also wrote. Having first visited Nida in 1929 he obviously liked as he had a summerhouse built soon afterwards. the house is now a museum and has photos and books which give an glimpse into the life of this writer.more
If you come with your car or any other transportation with an engine, you have to pay for the entrance to the territory of Neringa municipality.You pay just if you go south of Smiltyne ferry pier, after about 2/3Km you will see a queue of cars and you have to get out and pay!The fees are:- 15 Lt. for private car- 70 Lt. for buses- Lt. for...more
To go around the Curonian Spit from Smiltyne to Nida it's really suggested to use a car. There are buses which go from north to south and back, but with the car you can stop wherever you like and enjoy the view. Most of the road (50Km) is in the middle of a forest, so you see almost nothing from there. With the bus you just stop at villages, while...more
There are 2 ferry harbours in Klaipėda, and you can go to Neringa from both of them, but not always!The old terminal (Senoji perkėla, or Pirmoji perkėla) works only in summer, and the ferry is for pedestrians only. It's close to the river Danė.The new terminal (Naujoji perkėla, or Antroji perkėla) is just south of the...more
Fishing is popular in Neringa, there are many fishermen and in summer people are selling fish in their houses. Also, in summer "fisherman's days" are organised - it's a special local holiday. There is also Museum of Fishing in Nida.
In Nida you can rent a boat and try fishing in the curonian lagoon yourself. Just be careful not to sail too far southwards, because then you will cross Lithuanian/Russian boundary and you could be arrested by Russians for this. Boundary is clearly marked with red buyous, but they may be unvisible in not so clear day, thus be careful.
The following activities are forbidden in Kursiu Nerija National park: - to put up tents;- to make fire in undesignated places;- to damage flora (trees, bushes, forest floor etc.);- to walk in the dunes and to climb the dunes in the reservation of the Parnidis landscape, reservations of Grobstas and Naglis;- to pollute the environment, to damage...more
The following activities are forbidden in Kursiu Nerija National park: 1. to put up tents; 2. to make fire in undesignated places; 3. to damage flora (trees, bushes, forest floor etc.); 4. to walk in the dunes and to climb the dunes in the reservation of the Parnidis landscape, reservations of Grobstas and Naglis; 5. to pollute the environment, to...more
Although elsewhere in Lithuania roads are free, you will have to pay money for entering Municipality of Neringa with car (I mean, additional money from that you pay for ferry tickets). This is called ecology fee. You will have to pay more if you are driving a bus, etc.The post where you should pay is built aside the road to Neringa Municipality, it...more
Luggage and bags:
Bring with you just few luggage, a backpack is perfect, you'll have to walk a lot, so it's better to be not too heavy!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer remember to take a swimsuit (unless you are a nudist!), it's very nice to swim or lie on the beach. The weather is usually quite hot in summer, so light dresses are ok, as well as sandal shoes are good to walk on the sand
Photo Equipment: Remember to bring your camera or video-camera, there's really a lot to phptograph!
Going to the Neringa, go to the beach, e.g. in Nida, then walk, take your time, 15 - 20 minutes, then look around: YOU ARE ALONE. You have 50 km of beach in front of you. Let your clothes in a wind-protected place in the dunes, and go naked swimming there: it is the absolute freedom and communion with nature. You will love it.
Hi everybody!I want to share with you my experiences of active Neringa!Luckily I visited Nida and stayed there for 2 nights. It was a superb enclosure for me.Especially I remember my canoeing day: I went canoeing with the organization which makes guided canoe tours through Nagliai Nature Reserve, where so call "Dead dunes" are located.So imagine,...more
Neringa has single good quality road going through it and all towns, restaurants and major activities are nearby. Thus, it is perfectly fitted for bicycle travelling. It is cheaper to enter Neringa with bycicle than to do so with car, ferry costs are also cheaper. If you don't have your own bike, you can rent one. It is ideal vehicle to go through...more
The Curonian Spit is not just the touristic Nida, it is the whole national park. It also includes these small villages: Smiltyne, Alksnyne, Juodkrante, Pervalka, Preila and Nida. All these villages are nice, depending on your preferences as Nida and Juodkrante are the bigger villages, offering more accomodation, restaurants and places of interest,...more