Palanga – the Seaside Resort
Just 25 km to the north of Klaipeda is the seaside resort of Palanga with its long sandy beaches, dunes and Palanga Amber Museum.
Palanga is known as a popular sea resort due to its mild climate, golden sandy beaches and wooden summer houses. There are many SPA’s nowadays, where everyone can find a perfect retreat.
In summer evenings tourists are drawn to Basanaviciaus Promenade, which leads on to the pier jutting out into the Baltic Sea. It is a favourite place for strollers, who enjoy pedestrian precinct and its happy atmosphere. There are many cafés, bars and restaurants on both sides of the street.
It is still possible to find a secluded spot in the dunes to admire the sunset into the Baltic Sea. Or take a walk in the lovely botanical gardens, created in the 19th century by famous landscapes architecture of the times. The gardens are home to the largest Amber Museum in the Baltics.
A visit to Palanga Amber Museum will reveal all there is to know about the Baltic gold: its origins, places where amber can be found, processing and jewellery making.
Things to do in Palanga
Telling the fascinating story of Baltic Gold, this is a wonderful place to spend an hour in. The back of the mansion features a famous rose garden, and the mansion itself also hosts the occasional concert and recital.
The dark interior offers a welcome and distinctly cool break with the altars made from scores of little silver arms and legs being of particular interest. At 76 m, the imposing spire can be seen from just about anywhere in town. Across the street and just to the left is a WWII Red Army war memorial complete with one of the few remaining hammer and sickles in the country.
Originally containing an estimated 500 native and foreign species, the current park boasts considerably more including pine, fir and elder trees plus over 600 varieties of plant including 24 considered to be endangered. The park, which is the perfect place to stroll, also contains several statues, ponds full of ducks and swans. The beach next to the park was granted Blue Flag status in 2004.