Lithuania’s coastal jewel is Neringa, situated in the dazzling landscape of the Curonian Spit, a real wonder created by the natural forces of the sea and the wind. It is a narrow, sandy peninsula with the waves of Baltic Sea on one side and the ripples of a lagoon on the other. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the world’s most scenic spots.
Neringa’s scenery is dominated by towering dunes and pristine beaches and the ethnographic touch of local wooden architecture is felt wherever you go. The municipality of Neringa is made up of four delightful fishing villages – Nida, Juodkrantė, Preila and Pervalka – which certainly won’t disappoint anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful break in a unique natural environment.
Nida is the biggest village in Neringa and its administrative centre. This charming, sunny place provides tourists with plentiful opportunities for strolling in the dunes, which stand like mountains above the village giving breathtaking views. Nida’s beach was awarded the Blue Flag as being one of the cleanest in Europe. The choice of hotels, guest houses and apartments is vast, but the place is so popular you should book in advance.
Second biggest village in Neringa is Juodkrantė. Before World War II it had the reputation of being a high-class European resort and this is still close to the truth today. The village stretches along the shore of the lagoon for about 2km with a splendid flower-lined quay for walking and cycling. Close by, the mysterious Hill of Witches is a thickly wooded hillside where dozens of strange wooden sculptures of demons and angels sit.