On our Lithuanian road trip this fall J and I wanted to be sure to re-visit the Curonian Spit. We had first visited several years ago, but as we only had a few hours we didn't get to see much of this narrow but long piece of land. Boy, am I glad we made it a priority to return this year!
With our rental car we were able to visit much more of the Spit, and worked our way from the ferry drop off, through Juodkrante, and finally to Nida. It was absolutely gorgeous. Though it was freezing cold when we visited, we lucked out with blue skies, gorgeous sunsets, and bright fall leaves.
Because we loved our visit to the Curonian Spit so much, we're thinking of going again for a weekend trip in the summer. Many restaurants and cafes were closed when we visited and the cold weather prevented us from swimming in the Baltic Sea, riding a bike along the Spit, and checking out the bird breeding area near Juodkrante. The Curonian Spit feels like one of those places that you could visit many times and still want to go back.
Over the next couple of posts I'll be sharing what we did in Juodkrante (the Hill of Witches!) and Nida, so stay tuned for that information.
There are two locations where you can hop a ferry to head over to the Curonian Spit. In the summer you can take the ferry directly from Klaipeda to different stops along the Curonian Spit, but in the winter the ferry will only take you from Klaipeda to Smiltyne.
On Foot: The Old Town Ferry leaves many times per day from the Klaipeda Old Town (at Danes gatve) and arrives at Smiltyne.
With a car: To bring a car over to the Curonian Spit get yourself over to the New Town Ferry Terminal (at Varnenu gatve; off-season it cost us 11 euros round trip). The ferry ride takes less than 5 minutes and you don't get out of your car. We didn't make a reservation for the ferry, and I'm not sure if you'd need one in the summer or not. When entering the UNESCO section of the Curonian Spit with a car you'll be required to pay a small fee in cash (off-season was 5 euros).
We rented a car through AutoBanga in Vilnius and were pleased with the car and their prices. Check them out!
Have you visited the Curonian Spit? What World Heritage Site is next on your list to visit?