Curonian Spit National Park
When you think of Lithuania, you might not instantly think of golden sand dunes and blue water, but here in Curonian Spit you might find something unique and breathtaking. This 98 km length spectacular strip of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon was formed more than 5000 years ago by sea waves, sand and wind. Designated a national park (Kuršių Nerijos Nacionalinis Parkas) in 1991, Curonian Spit trails across the Baltic Sea from Lithuania to Russian territory Kaliningrad. Both because of its cultural and historical importance as an ancient human settlement and for its natural wonders, the Curonian Spit was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries.
According to a Baltic legend, Neringa, a local girl who grew into a giant goddess, built a sand spit to protect the fishermen from the winds of the sea, and this name remains on the Lithuanian part of the peninsula connecting main villages Alksnynė, Juodkrantė, Pervalka, Preila, and Nida.
Our spit has an original beauty: in spring and summer, blushing the leaves of the sand plains‘ forests in autumn, or spreading a friable snow cover in winter. The most magnificent element of the spit‘s nature is the highest moving sand dunes in Europe. It is a popular resort that has long sandy beaches and small fishermen settlements.
Already want to visit Curonian Spit? We have prepared for you an ultimate guide about must see places. Read more about it in Day trip around Neringa.
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