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The Curonian Spit, a sandy spit separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary sights in Lithuania. Originally, a shoal was covered with water. Over the centuries, sand drifting in from the sea, covered the entire surface and was shifted by the wind into a range of large sand dunes.

Formerly Nida was further from the shores of the Courish Lagoon. The village moved to its present location in 1732 when the original site was covered by drifting sand. A lighthouse was erected in 1745 on a dune 51-m high, and in 1787-1788 a church was built. The old houses of the fishermen, decorated in typical Lithuanian folk fashion, have survived to the present.

The Curonian Spit and its residential centre Nida are known as the Mecca of holidaymakers in Lithuania.

Kursiu Nerija (Curonian Spit) National Park

Kursiu Nerija (Curonian Spit) National Park (18.000 ha) was set up in 1991. It is situated between the Baltic Sea and the Kursiu Marios (Curonian Lagoon). Unique and very delicate nature needs strong regulation of economic activities and that of visitors’ flow.

Kursiu Nerija is formed of sand grains, which started their long and complicated way from the Semba peninsula 5-6 thousand years ago. Sand grains accumulated in the sandbank, at first under the water, then they formed a white-colored embankment above it. The length of the spit is 97 km, its breadth fluctuates from 400 m to 3.8 km.

On the west side of the spit, bordering the Baltic Sea, a narrow and low protective dune has been created. Behind it a forested plain stretches, and beyond it one can see a crest of great dunes; it is situated near the Kursiu Marios. The great dunes stretch for about 70 km. Their breadth is approximately 700-800 m and they are 60 m high, forming bays and capes on the side of the Kursiu Marios. The great dunes are real gems of the spit landscape.

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  • Pros:Calm place for the holidays and unique nature...
  • Cons:If you like big cities, there's nothing to do then...
  • In a nutshell:More than just the sea and ordinary nature...
  • Last visit to Nida: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2003
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  • Jan 17, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Lovely photos, Ginte! Is there any chance there is a piano playing venue at a pub with possibly any variety of music like the european cabaret kind? Just curious. Tx, Jana

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    May 5, 2006 at 10:28 AM

    wow, your opening picture is marvellous! i came back from nida last week and there were only clouds...

  • wojsyl's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2005 at 12:34 AM

    Great photo of the dunes :-)

  • LanaFromRiga's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2005 at 4:55 AM

    Nida seems very nice place for relaxing and rest. I never been there, but I'd like to visit Nida someday.

  • guiiillaume's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2005 at 1:16 PM

    oh!! your pages of Nida give me will to come back in summer!!! :) very beautiful :)

  • aroundtheglobe's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 11:11 AM

    awesome.......i love nida and i love this wonderful landscape! this is one of the most beautiful regions in europe but people still not realized this! I'm lucky for having seen this wonderful nature before loads of tourists are going to go there!

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    Feb 29, 2004 at 8:49 AM

    there's so much to discover in Lithuania - I really need to revisit - - very good page!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2004 at 6:25 AM

    Looks absolutely fantastic! Very good page!!!

  • rich77's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2004 at 3:10 AM

    Woah! I want to see this national park!! Another great page!!!

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2003 at 3:18 AM

    Great pictures and excellent description of an area I simply love.

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