For Palanga, Lithuania’s jewel on the Baltic coast, the new Ryanair route to Glasgow is perhaps the best recognition of the resort’s continuous exertions at improvement, making the popular seaside town more relaxing, entertaining and rewarding for all.
If you’re looking for a diverse new travel destination, Palanga has a lot to offer, including azure skies, one of the longest piers in Eastern Europe, and a 23km strip of soft, sandy coastline, including quiet, unoccupied spots on the Blue Flag beach.
Fun seekers and foodies will certainly be fascinated with Palanga’s bustling Jonas Basanavicius Street, dotted with numerous cafés, restaurants and nightclubs.
Meanwhile, families with children can head to some of the Baltic’s biggest amusement parks, all close to the sea and the tranquillity of a nearby pine tree grove.
And Palanga has so much more to offer than that. Come not only for the beach, sun and fun of summer, but also the serenity of the off-season, when the award-winning spa facilities in the resort’s five-star hotels will warm your body and soul in the colder months – as well as offer significant discounts.
Many of the activities in Palanga are year-round, like the unique Amber Museum with an enticing collection of amber nuggets containing insects and other organisms preserved over millions of years.
In the 19th century the newly-renovated museum was a palace belonging to the family of the Earl of Tiskevicius, considered the founders of Palanga. The royals are also credited with having planted one of the most beautiful parks in Eastern Europe, designed in 1897 by the celebrity French landscaper Eduard Fransua Andre, which now soothes all looking for shade on a scorching summer day and embraces fabulous tranquility throughout year.
The earls, impersonated by local actors, can be still seen sauntering in the park and around the palace during summer and autumn.
Among the other notable sights in Palanga is the Dog Museum, which features a unique collection of ceramic toy dogs. Started two decades ago with a single clay puppy, the museum now boasts over 3,500 souvenir hounds made from some 25 different materials and originating from almost 50 countries. The Dog Museum is the only one of its kind in the Baltics.
The resort is also known for its traditional Smelt Festival, held in mid-February, which attracts not only local cooks of this fish delicacy, but also numerous artisans and craftsmen.
And with all that food on offer, if you decide there is a need to shed the extra pounds, renting a bike is easy and the nearly 60-kilometre bike lane, stretching alongside the Baltic Sea through the seaport of Klaipeda. 2017 is a special year for Klaipeda. The city is this year’s Lithuanian Capital of Culture, and fittingly, has organised a calendar of exciting cultural events and festivals. And the fabulous Curonian Spit, a UNESCO world heritage site, provides plenty of opportunity for getting out and about in the saddle. The Curonian Spit boasts one of the most stunning landscapes in Europe; a narrow strip, washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and Curonian Lagoon waters on the other.