Neringa, beauty, or any city in Lithuania is the longest?
Amazingly beautiful place is close to Klaipeda - Curonian Spit (Lithuanian Kur? I? Nerija). It stretches almost 100 km from Klaipeda to Zelenogradsk Kaliningrad region.
Half of this unique sandbar created by the sea, 52 km, belongs to Lithuania. Spit separates the lagoon from the Baltic Sea, reminiscent of a flask or bottle, a narrow part of Klaipeda, and the most extensive in Zelenogradsk. The border between Russia and Lithuania is almost immediately behind the village of Nida.
The Lithuanian part of Curonian Spit, in my opinion, more interesting, more beautiful than Kaliningrad. It attracts tourists and vacationers just extraordinarily pure nature - healing sea air and the beaches, pine forests, rich in mushrooms and berries. The width of the spit within Lithuania ranges from 300 meters at the extreme northern cape in front of Klaipeda (there located the border crossing point) to 3.8 km at its widest point for Nida. And in the Nida are the highest dunes in Europe.
The spit is the longest one Lithuanian town - Neringa (Lithuanian Neringa), which combines a five villages Smiltyne Juodkrante Pervalka, Preila and Nida. The city stretches for 52 kilometers, its main street is a highway going in the dunes. The total number of people across Neringa 3,600 (in 2009). Neringa is difficult to name the town in the truest sense of the word. This is a unique natural and urban complex, which combines spectacular scenery with gentle Baltic buildings, does not disrupt the harmony of the environment. Here grow plants that are found nowhere else in the world, are found wild animals and rare birds. Often handsome moose go straight to the ferry!
Neringa - quiet, calm, no hustle and bustle of the city, one in the world, more than half of whose territory is forest. For unique and pristine landscapes of the local in 2000 UNESCO made Neringa the World Heritage List.
To get on the Curonian Spit, in Neringa, only by ferry from Klaipeda. The main ferry service, which is located in the heart of the city at the mouth of the River Dane, all year round, summer ferry runs every half hour and on weekends, even more often in the winter - every hour. There is another ferry in the southern part of Klaipeda, closer to the fishing port, mainly for ferrying trucks. Crossing the bay, a trip on the spit you can take either on your car or by bus or taxi to go straight from the ferry. They ply and to Kaliningrad, and to Zelenogradsk and to Nida almost every half hour.
To begin, I would advise to go in its northern part, the right of the ferry. They preserved the ancient Swedish fortress Kopgalis, which housed an interesting Maritime Museum with magnificent collections, and next to the Oceanarium. On the way to the Maritime Museum you can see the old fishing vessels such as MRI and CTP, delivered on eternal parking on the beach.
To the left of the ferry is a small village Smiltyne start from asphalt paths leading to beaches on the Baltic Sea. Three beaches - female and male overall. The tracks run through a beautiful pine forest, gradually rising to medium high dunes. Baltic weather is not always pleased with the hot sun, but lots of people still go to the sea, just take a walk and breathe the sea air saturated with iodine.
About 9 km from the ferry terminal, in Alksnyne, a police post, where the charge for entry to the Spit, a national park. In the area Alksnyne in January 1945 were brutal battles with the Nazis for the release of Klaipeda. There are mass graves and a monument to Soviet soldiers, carved from a single piece of stone, raised from the bottom of the bay during dredging. A whole section of Smiltyne to Alksnyne was once we proceed inside and out. What were wonderful mushroom places! Especially in the bush decumbent mountain pine in the autumn there are many Mokhovikov.
18 km from the ferry terminal is located Juodkrante village that was once a place of amber, and even now, this fishery is almost faded away, there's a good Amber Art Gallery. In Soviet times there was a large summer camp of the Lithuanian fishing fleet management, holiday home and hostel. And now to the customer's service private small hotels, villas, restaurant, cafe. Juodkrante known for its "mountain witch" - Raganu kalnas, where there is a unique composition of wooden sculptures: witches, warlocks, demons, heroes, legends of Neringa, carved from oak folk artists from all over Lithuania. In total there are 65 sculptures of 49 artists. This mountain was once known as a popular celebration of Midsummer (Ivan Kupala Day), during which time there during the night rolled barrels of burning tar.