Overlooking the Baltic Sea north of Klaipeda, Palanga is one of the most popular beach resorts in Lithuania. It centres around a 10-kilometre stretch of sand backed by rolling dunes and scented pine trees. The surrounding coast has long been a source of Eurasian amber, which holds strong ties to Lithuanian mythology.
Things to do in Palanga
Spend your days relaxing on the sands of Palangos Pliažas, a dune-backed beach stretching along the entire length of the town. You can stretch your legs on the L-shaped, 19th-century pier that extends into the Baltic Sea or dine at one of the lively restaurants and bars lining the pedestrianised Basanavičiaus Street.
A short walk south of the town centre is the Palanga Botanical Garden, which is considered one of the most beautiful parks of its kind in Lithuania. There are picturesque trails winding between its landscaped garden beds, as well several ponds, sculptures and gazebos to explore.
At the heart of the Palanga Botanical Garden is the Palanga Amber Museum, which occupies the beautifully restored Tiškevičiai Palace. Admire its Neo-Renaissance facade before stepping inside to learn about the history of amber, together with its scientific and cultural associations. Browse the decorative boxes, jewellery and ancient crosses on display, together with one of Europe’s largest amber specimens, the “Sun Stone”.
Getting around Palanga
Palanga Airport is a 10-minute drive from the town centre and has flights to destinations across Europe. Klaipeda is 30 minutes to the south, with buses the main means of getting around the area. The centre of Palanga is compact enough to explore on foot or by bicycle and there are pedal-powered taxis available for longer trips.