With a short coastline of just 98 kilometers, beaches aren’t the first thing that spring to mind when you think about Lithuania. Unlike more popular coastal destinations, this Baltic state’s seaside spots have remained relatively undiscovered. Here are five of the most beautiful beaches on Lithuania’s stretch of wild coast.
As one of the more divisive destinations on the list, Palanga is either loved or hated. In the summer, there is no shortage of parties to attend, but those seeking some rest may be disappointed during high season. Whatever your preference, Palanga is undeniably beautiful and certainly warrants a visit. The Juros Pier, jutting out into the Baltic Sea, is certainly a highlight and features in many photographs of Palanga.
Šventoji is a smaller and more family-friendly resort town located about 12 kilometers away from the popular Palanga. Though pretty sleepy most of the year, Šventoji really picks up in the summertime with visitors flocking to the beach. The most popular accommodation option in Šventoji is the small wooden homes available for rent, making it easy and convenient for families with children to set up base. There is also an amusement park that is popular among families.
Melnrage Beach is easily reached from the port city of Klaipėda’s old town via car, city bus, or a long walk. Located about six kilometers from the town, it is the easiest beach to reach, making it popular for a quick excursion. Much less crowded than Palanga, Melnrage is an alternative option for a quieter beach experience.
This excellent Baltic Beach, which spans the entirety of the Curonian Spit, is one of the top beaches to visit in Lithuania. The Curonian Spit is a unique, thin landmass that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Lithuania’s national parks. It is rich with history and has been inhabited since the prehistoric times.
One of the top fishing villages and resort areas to visit on the Curonian Spit is Nida, which is located at the Lithuanian border with Kaliningrad. Nida is one of the most expensive summer resorts and fishing villages in the country. The amazing beach that stretches as far as the eye can see can be found along the Baltic Sea side of the spit, and the shifting dunes are also a unique aspect of the area.
Also on the Curonian Spit is Juodkrantė, a smaller village sharing the same beach as Nida but with a different access point. This beach is popular among visitors, who travel to Lithuania in the summertime for a chilly dip into the Baltic Sea. Accommodation prices are slightly less expensive in Juodkrantė and direct access to the Hill of Witches is also available. Juodkrantė is an excellent place for birdwatching.