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Lithuania » Courish Spit

 

The Courish spit is a 98 km long narrow sand strip separating the Courish laggon from the Baltic sea. A landscape of shifting and stationary sand dunes, it is home to the highest in Northen Europe. The sea and lagoon strech into the horizon, while the mosaic of the prairie grasses and forest, together with the quaint village architecture, small harbors and fishing vessels in the laggon create an unforgettable tableu of beauty. Local  weathervanes, long a symbol of the area, clearly show what the locals do for living - they're fishermen.

 

Nida, the largest village, was once primarily a fishermen's village. From the end of the 19th century, it's become known as a resort. A perfect place for relaxation, the village streches about 2 km north-south along the laggon.

 

Juodkrantė is more than fishermen, the Grey  Dunes, the old wood and untouched nature. It has a 2400 meter quay with a sculpture exhibition called Land and Water. The theme of the wooden sculpture exhibit on Witches' Hill is a world where witches, devils and the heroes of Neringa's legend reside.

 

Walking along the streets of Neringa's villages, one smells the fragrant aroma of fish being smokes. Smoked eel, bream, perch and even smelt can be had in vietually every cafe or restaurant. Gallery openings and musical premiers are a mainstay in the lives of people spending time on the Courish spit.