Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within Lithuania. The present landscape was mostly formed by people trying to put a bridle on winds and sand. That is a reason, why Curonian Spit is a National Park today and because of combination of the nature and human efforts it was listed to UNESCO World Heritage List. The Curonian Spit is home of the highest moving dunes in Europe, which reach up to 60 meters.
Using a ferry we will cross the lagoon and get to Smiltine, which is famous by the Sea Museum, Aquarium and Dolphinarium. Going along the Spit we will pass 6 small towns and villages. We will visit the unique Hill of Which with folk wooden sculptures.
Next you will feel like in the desert because you will be surrounded by the Dead dunes. You will walk in white sand and feel the breeze of the sea.
The next stop - The Heron ( Garniu) Hill. Now side by side there are two – the heron and cormorant colonies. This is one of the largest and oldest colonies not only in Lithuania but also in Europe. The local fishermen and foresters are not satisfied with damage caused by those birds. Staying in this place you will feel like in devil forest.
Passing the whole lithuanian part of Curonian Spit you will reach Nida. Time for lunch. Usualy I do recommend fresh smoked fish bistro. After the luch we explore the most prestige resort in Lithuania, with romantic sandy beaches and breathtaking views. Nida is famous by small museum dedicated for local habitants and you will be able to find out why the habitants of Nida used to catch crows. You will also visit the old Nida ethnographic cementery with wooden tomb monuments of unique shape, typical for the Curonian Spit, called christenings and the house of Thomas Mann which is dedicated for museum now. As well we will walk up to Parnidzio Dune, which has such an unusual location, you can observe the sunrise and the sunset from there. I am adding my youtube channel link, so you can see Parnidzio dune:
Usually we are staying overnight in Nida. So we do also explore Nida amber museum and have a dinner in a local fish restaurant.
Check my video with the owner of the biggest amber collection in Lithuania: