What attracts Palanga - Lithuania resort?

Comes the summer season, it's time to leave. In an unstable economic situation and the crisis for many trips are unavailable to foreign countries, so popular among Russians. And do not choose a place for recreation close, once available to all Soviet people? That is, the near abroad, until recently a part of our 'unbreakable' Union? One of these very attractive spots is the famous Lithuanian resort on the Baltic Sea - Palanga. Of course, the need to visit a Schengen visa, but get it taken care in advance, it is possible.
 
Palanga is located 25 km from Klaipeda. You can take the train to Vilnius, and then by bus to Palanga, buses and taxis go almost every hour. The price of tickets is the same, in many shuttles have cash registers, issue tickets to passengers. Or go to Klaipeda, and from there again by bus or shuttle. Palanga is a pretty big airport, regular flights are made here in Copenhagen and Oslo, London, Riga and Moscow.
 
What attracts tourists Palanga? This is a clear sea, wide beaches with magnificent fine, almost white sand and famous sand dunes covered with pines. Medicinalest pine air, saturated to the same marine iodine, has unusually strong health effects on the body. So rest in Palanga, very useful! But note that Palanga - it is still not resort south, the climate is quite humid and rainy. Particularly rainy month of July is. In the last trip, just in the first half of July, we will stay for two weeks, three days have seen the sun, and then intermittently. The rains poured down in buckets, all the time. Best months of sunshine - May, June and August. In May, of course, the sea is cold, you can sunbathe, swim but do not dare any water temperature of 14-15 degrees. In June, more than a warm sea. August - the perfect time for a beach holiday.
 
Palanga - one of the oldest settlements in Lithuania. For the first time in historical sources it is mentioned in 1161 when the Danish King Valdemar I landed on the shores of the Baltic Sea with his army. In 1253 the Palanga mentioned in the chronicle of the Teutonic Order. Uninvited guests are often encroached on the territory of Palanga - Swedes and Danes, Lithuanians who were called Vikings, then the Crusaders. Only after the Battle of Zalgiris (Zalgiris in Lithuanian is the same as that Grunwald) in 1410 and a peace treaty in 1422, Palanga Lithuania departed.
 
Palanga beaches stretch for 24 kilometers, to the fishing village of Sventoji. On the beaches are equipped with changing cabins, rescue stations, restrooms, a playground, as children, and for ball games, a small cafe. One of the attractions of the main beach - Sea walking bridge, built in 1884-1888 years by the former owner of the Earl of Palanga Juozas Tyszkiewicz. In the late 70-ies of XX century, during a heavy storm the bridge was partially destroyed, but later rebuilt, strengthened, and is a favorite place for walking holiday in any weather. And in the evenings here are going to watch the sunset was a moment in the sun the sea. To the south of the bridge is a common beach and to the north - a female.
Before the entrance to the beach and the bridge is a small square with a fountain and sculpture "Jurate and Kastytis" (the heroes of Lithuanian legends). And here starts walking and cycling tracks along much of the beach at the south side to the Botanic Park. On the one hand paths are sand dunes with pine trees, the other a more diverse woody vegetation, and here and there are carved wooden sculptures in Lithuania is very common. Many benches, kiosks, ice cream, with souvenirs.
 
After a half hour leisurely walk we will come to a delightful botanical park in the English style, created in the late 19th century through the efforts of his son Juozas Tyszkiewicz - Felix. The park is the famous Amber Museum, housed in a former ducal palace. A collection of amber in a museum - the largest in the world, exclusive of exhibits, at least in the Kaliningrad Museum is much poorer. On the west side of the Palace of beautiful rose garden and playground, where the summer on Saturdays and Sundays are orchestras, performing classical music. Concerts are held here since 1970! You can buy tickets for seats right on the porch of the Palace, but you can get around just for his some "rug", the music heard everywhere.