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22nd January 2016

Presenting… Palanga

Hands up who’d heard of Palanga? Well if you haven’t, get ready to add it to your summer holiday bucket-list, because this completely adorable beach town on Lithuania’s amazing amber coast has all the elements you need for a great little escape to the sun. Here are just seven of the things it has going for it…

The Beach

Alright, so obviously that big, long, beautiful golden beach in Palanga is the thing that draws thousands of Lithuanian’s to the town every spring and summer. Don’t be fooled by the Baltic-ness of the place, it actually gets lovely and warm here in the summer, with temperatures easily hitting the 20s and higher in the summer months. The 18kms of gorgeous golden sand are the perfect place to enjoy those warm days, and if you like the sun but hate the dead heat, temperatures are perfect – but be warned; the sea always has just a little Baltic bite!

Palanga Beach

The prices:

If you come to Palanga for the beach, you’ll stay for the prices, it’s a great place to have a budget-friendly sun holiday. You can expect to find a decent main meal from as little as €6 a head, and the quality is good. Pints of beer are around €2-€2.50, depending on where you get them. You can find really nice accommodation for two people, for two weeks, in peak season, for under €500.

The Pier

The pier is basically Palanga’s little epicentre. This is where you go to hang out during the day, to walk in the evening and watch the sun set before you go ‘out’ out, and to get a different perspective on the beach and land behind you. Walking to the end and back takes just 10/15 minutes, and from its end you can feel a little bit ‘out at sea’ while you get a great view along Lithuania’s Baltic coast. It’s lovely. If you’re very disciplined, get up early for a sunrise walk when it’s not so busy.

 

The Town:

The town of Palanga is great – it’s all very chocolate-box, with lots of little colourful log houses and wide, breezy streets.  Combine that with a few out-of-place, abandoned buildings leftover from Soviet times and a brilliantly kitsch beach promenade, and you’ve got a thoroughly pleasant and very interesting place to explore. Basanavičius street is the main thoroughfare for tourists and holidaymakers – it leads to the pier and is lined with lovely little cafés, restaurants and shops.

The Forest:

One more lovely thing about Palanga’s big beautiful beach is that just behind it lies a tranquil pine forest. It’s a gorgeous one too, the perfect place for a long leisurely stroll in pine scented air. If you want to get out of the sun for a little while, or you need to walk off a few heavy ‘Zeppelins’ (delicious Lithuanian stuffed dumplings) you had for lunch, this is the place to do it!

The nightlife:

Palanga has a hopping nightlife, as you would expect from any seaside holiday resort worth its salt. During the summer, Mojo Lounge is the place to be. It’s right on the beach, it’s always packed, the music is thumping, and it’s full of beautiful people having a great time. There are loads of bars and clubs here though, and you won’t be stuck for a party if that’s what you want.

The Amber:

And more specifically, the amber museum. This beautiful semi-precious stone is important to Lithuanians, and not just to their economy. It’s maybe a bit like Guinness is to the Irish – a point of national pride. The Palanga Amber Museum is a great place to learn a little more about the history of amber in Lithuania, and to see the impressive exhibition which includes ancient artifacts and jewellery, as well as ‘The Amber Sun’, one of the world’s largest pieces of amber. Best of all, the museum is located in Palanga’s botanical gardens, so you can treat yourself to a stroll among the flowers while you’re at it.

palanga amber

 

If you have any good travel tips or hints about Palanga Lithuania, please let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Dee Murray

Dee Murray

Dee Murray has a very simple travel MO... Go to great places; do awesome stuff; eat delicious food; then come home and write about it all.

9 Comments

  • Wendy Marfleet

    Wow Palanga sounds like an undiscovered gem for us Brits. Love the fact it’s got the one forest too.
    Off to check out some prices … ??????✈️

    23rd January 2016 at 6:45 am
  • mm

    brilliant beach, but if you looking for more ex soviet union, I recommend to travel to Sventoji which is just 12miles away from Palanga where the beach is even more bigger, but buildings and the village is far from 21 century yet. This village is chosen mostly by families and seniors.

    24th January 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • thomas lynch

    I totally agree its a very beautiful and special place I holidayed there two years ago I would reckemen it

    24th January 2016 at 6:41 pm
  • Paul

    Great blog

    24th January 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Roy Wilmot

    Pelanga one of my favourite destinations and having a Lithuanian g/friend I’m biased I was there in 2014 in July temperature was just over 30 as it is in July/August it may rain in the mornings but after a hour or so expect blue skies great beach goes on for miles hire a bike its all flat and ride the many trails in the forest behind the beach tip take Mosquito repellant stay away from trees if you have none .Country is so cheap for us Brits Lithuania part of EU so the Euro is now the currency. Where will Ryanair be flying from and must mention a bus taking you into Pelanga town stops outside the airport

    27th January 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Paul Cush

    As a Brit, I have lived in Lithuania for over 15 years and I love the place. (Unfortunately now back in the UK) Palanga is a wonderful beach resort with lots to offer, but your only 30 minutes travel from Klaipeda City where I used to live. very nice 4 star hotels, and the Corronion spit, which is a stretch of unspoilt nature with beaches to die for… accessed by a ferry from the mouth of the river that runs through Klaipeda. There is a wide variety of food in Lithuania, from traditional Lithuanian fare through to international dishes so your not short of choice. You can wander round the old town and find Frederik Passage where you can join in the café culture and sit at the outside tables and enjoy your coffee or alcoholic drink. Every bar in Klaipeda has its own kitchen, most are more than acceptable. Some kitchens are outstanding. I am biased towards “Storas Katina’s” The Fat Cat. On a Friday evening you will find a lot of Expats with their wives gathering around “Paul’s Corner” to enjoy each others company and catch up with what has been going on during the week. A very friendly bunch of people. You will find The Fat Cat is a charming little English style pub off the main square next to the very nice National Hotel. If you have come for a shopping experience, there is a shopping centre in Klaipeda called Akropolis, this is a major entertainment and shopping centre with a gym, ice rink, cinema, casino, bowling ally, pool hall, and more food and drink places than you can shake a stick at. Of course all surrounded by lots of different shops, providing you with as much retail therapy as your little heart desires. You will find Palanga the perfect doorway to enjoy everything that Lithuania has to offer, and it has lots to offer including a newly opened golf course with an English speaking professional on hand to give you tips on your swing… well we say English speaking, but Martin is from Wales.. I hope you enjoy your visit to this little unknown country and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I have over these many years. It is nice to see that a main airline such as Ryan Air taking the initiative to link my part of Lithuania to the rest of the world…. I know your going to enjoy the Lithuanian experience on these wonderful warm Summer evenings… Be warned, in Winter we normally have temperatures around -15c, and a few years ago it was -32c… it gives a whole new meaning to the word cold…. or even BALTIC.. But even then it has its own charm, the river freezes and you will find people cutting holes in the ice to fish over, and the Christmas decorations are fantastic, they seem to get better every year. The language is very difficult, but in the main stores, you will find someone that speaks English. Most of the ladies over here are very clever and speak more than 2 or 3 languages, so you will be able to make yourself understood…. In Klaipeda there is a music festival that lasts about 3 days, all the music is for free. There is also The Sea Festival, which is over a weekend with lots of market stalls with goods from all over Lithuania.. You will like the local beer too, my favourite is Svyturis Ekstra, a nice larger type beer…. I know you will enjoy your trip to Lithuania no matter what time of year you visit. Welcome to my home, now just take your time and relax and enjoy yourselves…

    20th February 2016 at 1:57 pm
  • Paul

    Palanga is a wonderful beach resort, lots of good places to stay, good food, good drink and good times to be had. You will have sun, sea, and lots to see. If you want to play golf, 40 min Taxi to the golf course near Klaipeda on a new course with an English speaking professional coach. If you would like to enjoy the delights of Klaipeda City, that is also about 35 min in a taxi cost about 35 euros. Make sure you get the price from the taxi driver before taking any taxi journey. Palanga is the gateway to the western coast of Lithuania, and its forests and people. I hope you come and enjoy it as much as I do. I lived in Klaipeda for 15 years and loved every moment.. Come to my part of Lithuania and have a blast by the sea… There is a Music festival in June (3 days), with all the music for free. Then at the end of July there is a big market for the Sea Festival..(long weekend). come and enjoy yourselves..

    21st February 2016 at 10:35 pm
  • JL

    I like Lithuania so much….unfortunately now that I live in the south of France it’s so hard to get there. In fact LT is so badly connected to France…I have traveled recently from Lyon through Frankfurt to Vilnius (with a very expensive, inconvenient and long flight!!) and there were literally dozens of French people on the Frankfurt-Vilnius flight! @Ryanair people, why don’t you think of some connection Vilnius – South France?

    21st April 2016 at 3:11 pm
  • Maxine

    My family and I caught a Ryanair flight from Bristol to Kaunas. I wish we had visited the lovely coastline.

    3rd January 2017 at 9:46 pm

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