You might forget you’re in Lithuania on this trip, as you get a closer look at the sand-brushed Curonian Spit. This curvied string of land – also known as Neringa – separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, and has a UNESCO World Heritage tick to its name. You’ll start by crossing the pretty lagoon by ferry, before stopping at a huge Blue Flag beach to soak up the scenery. The villages of Juodkrante and Nida are next on the agenda, and both feel like they’ve been plucked straight from a fairytale. Gingerbread-style cottages and Tudor-beamed houses line up beside the waterfront, and there’s a gallery of arty weathervanes. Learn about Baltic amber in a nearby museum, then clamber up the sand to the top of the Curonian Spit’s Great Dune. On a clear day, you can see the shores of Russian territory Kaliningrad from here.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.