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'''Palanga''' is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea in [[Lithuania]].
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[[Image:Gintaro muziejus en Palanga 2.jpg|thumb|360px|The Amber Museum formerly The Tiškevičiai Palace]]
Palanga has over the years been of major strategic importance, no importance whatsoever, part of Latvia, and up until the mid-19th century and subsequent invention of the seaside holiday, a small fishing village. Modern Palanga is a year-round health resort, but is famed more for what happens during the short summer period between the beginning of June and September. During this time the population balloons from a regular 20,000, to 100,000 or more, especially during the weekends. A hotbed of hot people, sunbathers and all-night party animals, Palanga is the number one Lithuanian hedonist institution.
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[http://www.palanga.lt/ '''Palanga'''] is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea in [[Lithuania]].
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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See an updated information about getting there and away at [http://palangatic.lt/en/ Palanga tourism information centre].
  
By plane
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===By plane===
Palanga airport offers regular scheduled flights from Palanga Airport are operated by foreign airline SAS and three local carriers: flyLAL, DOT and AmberAir.
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Destinations
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The main regular flights destinations during the summer season are as follows: Copenhagen, Billund (Denmark), Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt-on-Main, Hanover, Munchen and Cologne (Koln) (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Dublin (Ireland), Moscow, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Vilnius. During the winter season regular flights are scheduled to Copenhagen, Billund and Hamburg. Relating to good connecting flights from Palanga with SAS and flyLAL it is easy to reach a lot of other cities in Europe via Copenhagen.
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How to get there:
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[http://www.palanga-airport.lt/en/ '''Palanga Airport'''] offers regular scheduled flights from/to [[Copenhagen]] ([[Denmark]]) ([http://www.flysas.com SAS]), [[Oslo]] ([[Norway]]) ([http://www.norwegian.com Norwegian]) and [[Riga]] ([[Latvia]]) ([http://www.airbaltic.com Airbaltic]) all year round. During the summer months, [http://www.rusline.aero/ Rusline] operates a weekly flight from [[Moscow]] ([[Russia]]).
  
By bus
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The buses on route Airport - Palanga - Airport run approximately every hour on every day (even in the late hours). For more information phone call +370 460 52020. They cost 2 LTL oneway, the bus stop is not the one in front of the terminal but on the roadside 20m further.
The buses on route Airport - Palanga - Airport are going approximately every hour an every day. For more information phone call (+370 460) 52020.
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For bus schedule on route Klaipeda - Palanga - Klaipeda please contact the Klaipeda bus station (+370 6) 411547 or Palanga bus station tel.: (+370 460) 53333.
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For bus schedule on route Liepaja (Latvia) - Airport - Palanga - Airport - Liepaja please contact Liepaja bus station tel.: (+371 34) 27552 or Palanga bus station tel.: (+370 460) 53333.
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By taxi
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When you come to Palanga Airport by a rented car, you can park it at the Airport and leave the keys with car documents in Airport Cafe on the first floor. Passengers comming by own car can park auto in a paid place for long parking. For more information contact Airport Cafe tel/fax +370 460 51392.
Taxi is avialable in front of Airport Terminal. A trip to Palanga city takes 10 min and costs about. 20 Lt (6 EUR) or to Klaipėda takes about 30 min. price about 40 Lt (13 EUR). A trip from/to Liepaja (Latvia) takes about 1 hour 20 min. and costs about 200 Lt (60 EUR). Taxi tel.: (+370 46) 345 345 (Klaipėda), (+371 34) 22222 (Liepaja).
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By rented car
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===By bus===
When you come to Airport by a rented car, you can park it at the Airport and leave the keys with car documents in Airport Cafe on the first floor. For more information please contact Airport Cafe tel./fax (+370 460) 51392.
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The bus station is located on Kretingos street, in the city centre, next to the Church of Assumption of The Holy Virgin Mary.
  
By own car
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'''Klaipeda'''. Buses and minibuses operate from early morning to 22:00-23:00, depending on time of the year. While buses run on a set schedule, microbuses usually run every 20-30 min. The trip costs 5-6 LTL and takes 30 min (microbus) or 45 min (bus).  
Passengers comming by own car, can park auto in a paid place for long parking. For more information please contact Airport Cafe on the first floor (+370 460) 51392.
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www.palanga-airport.lt/en/
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'''Kaunas'''. Most services connecting Vilnius and Palanga do not stop in [[Kaunas]] bus station, but stop at the outskirts of Kaunas. If travelling from Kaunas centre, one have to check in advance whether the direct bus to Palanga is available, otherwise the best way is to get a bus to [[Klaipėda]] and connect there.
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'''Vilnius'''.  Many buses connect Palanga and the capital, especially during the summer. The trip will cost 68-72 LTL and will take around 4-4.5 hr. Alternatively, you may connect via [[Klaipėda]], since all buses stop there anyway. There is an overnight service (daily during the summer), running from [[Minsk]] ([[Belarus]]) costing less (~50 LTL, but discount not possible), which leaves Vilnius at 22:45 and arrives to Palanga at 04:45. At high season, this bus can get quite crowded, so advance reservation is advised (available at [http://www.iticket.lt TOKS iTicket system]).
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'''Liepaja (Latvia)'''. Service from Liepaja is scarce, as buses/microbuses only run 4 times per day. The trip costs around 14 LTL and lasts 60-80 min. Some companies running microbuses from Liepaja to Palanga may accept Lithuanian Litas, but it is advisable to have Latvian currency, if travelling from there (Liepaja bus station tel +371 34 27552).
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'''Riga (Latvia)'''. Only one bus per day runs from Riga to Palanga, costing 55-60 LTL and taking 4h30min. This bus also calls at Liepaja. Many more services run on Riga-Klaipeda route, but do so via Siauliai and do not call at Palanga or Liepaja.
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'''Minsk (Belarus)'''. A daily service runs in summer months, but frequencies can be downgraded in the low-season. It leaves Minsk at 19:00 local time, reaching Palanga at 04:45 and costs 95-100 LTL.
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For an always updated bus (but not microbus) schedule, check [http://www.autobusubilietai.lt AutobusuBilietai.lt], where some tickets may also be bought online. Official summer schedule is located [http://www.palangosautobusustotis.lt/attachments/File/Tvarkarasciai/Tvarkarastis.pdf here] (in Lithuanian).
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Palanga bus station tel.: +370 460 53333.
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Do not forget that EU/EEA students with an ISIC card are eligible for 50% discount on Lithuanian bus network (excluding services to other countries).
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===By train===
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Direct train service does not run to Palanga, as there are no railway tracks in the city. However, it is possible to take a train from [[Vilnius]] or [[Šiauliai]] (three times per day) to [[Kretinga]], which is the springboard to the resort, located 11 km from there. Taxi and direct (and some indirect) bus service between Kretinga and Palanga available, but be advised that outside of July and August, it is not possible to catch a bus to Palanga if arriving on the last train (at 22:00). [[Kretinga]] also can be used as a base to stay overnight with an easy feasibility to do one-day trips to the resort.
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EU/EEA ISIC student discount is also applicable.
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===By taxi===
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Taxi is available in front of Airport Terminal. A trip to Palanga city takes 10 min and costs about 20-40 LTL (6 EUR-12 EUR) or to Klaipėda takes about 30 min. price about 50 LTL (~15 EUR). A trip from/to Liepaja (Latvia) takes about 1 hour 20 min. and costs about 200 LTL (60 EUR). Taxi tel.: +370 46 345-345 (Klaipėda), +371 34 22222 (Liepaja).
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===By car===
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A 310 km four lane motorway connects [[Klaipėda]] and Palanga on the shore of the Baltic sea, and connects [[Kaunas]], as well as [[Vilnius]] in the eastern part of the country.
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From 15 May to 15 September, only paid parking is allowed in the city centre throughout the city and costs 2-3 LTL per hour. Hotels and guesthouses may have their own parking lots.
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Only places with free parking in the city centre are on Biliuno and Zemaites streets.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Palanga has a beach, but it is very crowded in summer, since all Lithuanians come to their short coastline. Amber museum is also interesting. Please see the local webpage for more information [http://www.palanga.lt/]
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*'''Palanga Pier''' It is a tradition to visit the pier around sunset. This can easily be included as part of a visit to Basanavicius street (see below).
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*'''Basanavicius street''' The focal point of Palanga, and the highlight of any visit to Palanga, is J.Basanavicius street, running between Vytauto street and the pier. Along this street can be found most of the town's bars, restaurants, nightclubs, funfairs and souvenir shops. People-watching is a fashionable, and fascinating pastime here.
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*'''The beach''' The beach extends in several kilometres either direction from the pier. Given that Palanga is Lithuania's main tourist resort, expect the beach to be very crowded in summer. The busiest areas are either side of the pier. Though the beach is less crowded further from the pier
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*'''Botanical Garden''' To the south of the city center is Palangas Botanical Garden, which is more like a forest and boosts the Amber Museum. Its a more a quiet place, especially in winter, but is nice to stroll around. A bit further into it, there is Birute Hill a forested sand dune, where excavations showed settlements from far back in time and now has a little chapel. From there you can take a nice walk back into town via the beach.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Items made from amber are one of the town's specialities, and range from inexpensive jewelry and small pictures with pieces of amber (or imitation amber) stuck on, up to very high quality items made of the real thing and costing thousands of Litas. There are good opportunities to buy souvenirs on your way to the beach, where tents with souvenirs are set up.
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At the beach, you can enjoy a cheap cheburek and cold beer (sold by young peddlers). A bit of a warning though, the chebureks are not made in a local restaurant, and are deemed "illegal" for unsanitary conditions in which they are thought to be made, but, I have tried many chebureks and I haven't had food poisoning (yet). So buy from the peddlers at your own discretion.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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A large proportion of householders in Palanga offer rooms to let at very cheap rates. Simply look for signs offering accommodation.
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*Apartments "Stora Antis" in Palanga, [http://www.storaantis.lt/?en=1176299655].
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*<sleep name="7Sakalai" alt="" address="Sakalo st. 14. Palanga" directions="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=latitude+and+longitude&aq=&sll=55.953333,21.075511&sspn=0.03431,0.077162&ie=UTF8&hq=latitude+and+longitude&hnear=&z=10" phone="" url="http://www.7sakalai.lt" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Cozy guesthouse located in a peaceful location surrounded by pine forest and only 5 min away from the beach.</sleep>
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'''Budget'''
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*'''Vilija''', Birutės al. 24,  administracija@vilijahotel.lt, (+370) 46040039
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*'''Mėguva''', M.Valančiaus g.1, (+370) 46048839
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*'''Vyturys''', [http://www.vyturyshotel.lt/en/], S.Dariaus ir S. Girėno g.20, vyturys@is.lt, (+370) 46051290
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*'''Tenisas''', Gėlių aikšte 1, (+370)46052828
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*'''Alka II''',[http://alka.lt/en/about-hotel], S.Daukanto g.21, info@alka.lt, (+370) 46041433
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'''Mid-range'''
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*'''Alanga''',[http://www.alanga.lt/en/], S.Nėries g.14, rasa@alanga.lt, (+370) 46049215 , (+370) 46049318
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*'''Austėja''',[http://www.hotelausteja.lt/?en=start], Smilčių g.31, hotel@vetra.lt, (+370) 46056101
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*'''Gamanta''', [http://www.gamanta.lt/], Plytų g. 7, info@gamanta.lt, (+370) 46048885
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*'''Dailė'''[http://palangosdaile.lt/], S.Daukanto g.33, palangos@palangosdaile.lt, (+370)46053636
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*'''Du broliai''', Kretingos g.36, (+370) 46048108
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'''Splurge'''
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*'''Auska''', [http://www.baltijahotel.lt/en/], Vytauto g. 11, auska@baltijahotel.lt, (+370) 46049083
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*'''Gabija''', [http://www.gabija.lt/en], Vytauto g. 40/ S.Dariaus ir S.Gireno g.25, info@gabija.lt, (+370) 460 48251
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*'''Palanga''',[http://design.palangahotel.lt/en/home.html], Birutės al. 60, info@palangahotel.lt; spa@palangahotel.lt, (+370) 46041414
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*'''Vetra''', [http://www.palangosvetra.lt/en/], Daukanto g. 35 / S. Dariaus ir S. Gireno g. 17,hotel@palangosvetra.lt, (+370) 46053032
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*'''Vanagupė''', [http://vanagupe.lt/en/], Vanagupės g. 31, reservation@vanagupe.lt, (+370) 46041199
  
 
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Revision as of 22:29, 15 August 2013

The Amber Museum formerly The Tiškevičiai Palace

Palanga is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea in Lithuania.

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Get in

See an updated information about getting there and away at Palanga tourism information centre.

By plane

Palanga Airport offers regular scheduled flights from/to Copenhagen (Denmark) (SAS), Oslo (Norway) (Norwegian) and Riga (Latvia) (Airbaltic) all year round. During the summer months, Rusline operates a weekly flight from Moscow (Russia).

The buses on route Airport - Palanga - Airport run approximately every hour on every day (even in the late hours). For more information phone call +370 460 52020. They cost 2 LTL oneway, the bus stop is not the one in front of the terminal but on the roadside 20m further.

When you come to Palanga Airport by a rented car, you can park it at the Airport and leave the keys with car documents in Airport Cafe on the first floor. Passengers comming by own car can park auto in a paid place for long parking. For more information contact Airport Cafe tel/fax +370 460 51392.

By bus

The bus station is located on Kretingos street, in the city centre, next to the Church of Assumption of The Holy Virgin Mary.

Klaipeda. Buses and minibuses operate from early morning to 22:00-23:00, depending on time of the year. While buses run on a set schedule, microbuses usually run every 20-30 min. The trip costs 5-6 LTL and takes 30 min (microbus) or 45 min (bus).

Kaunas. Most services connecting Vilnius and Palanga do not stop in Kaunas bus station, but stop at the outskirts of Kaunas. If travelling from Kaunas centre, one have to check in advance whether the direct bus to Palanga is available, otherwise the best way is to get a bus to Klaipėda and connect there.

Vilnius. Many buses connect Palanga and the capital, especially during the summer. The trip will cost 68-72 LTL and will take around 4-4.5 hr. Alternatively, you may connect via Klaipėda, since all buses stop there anyway. There is an overnight service (daily during the summer), running from Minsk (Belarus) costing less (~50 LTL, but discount not possible), which leaves Vilnius at 22:45 and arrives to Palanga at 04:45. At high season, this bus can get quite crowded, so advance reservation is advised (available at TOKS iTicket system).

Liepaja (Latvia). Service from Liepaja is scarce, as buses/microbuses only run 4 times per day. The trip costs around 14 LTL and lasts 60-80 min. Some companies running microbuses from Liepaja to Palanga may accept Lithuanian Litas, but it is advisable to have Latvian currency, if travelling from there (Liepaja bus station tel +371 34 27552).

Riga (Latvia). Only one bus per day runs from Riga to Palanga, costing 55-60 LTL and taking 4h30min. This bus also calls at Liepaja. Many more services run on Riga-Klaipeda route, but do so via Siauliai and do not call at Palanga or Liepaja.

Minsk (Belarus). A daily service runs in summer months, but frequencies can be downgraded in the low-season. It leaves Minsk at 19:00 local time, reaching Palanga at 04:45 and costs 95-100 LTL.

For an always updated bus (but not microbus) schedule, check AutobusuBilietai.lt, where some tickets may also be bought online. Official summer schedule is located here (in Lithuanian).

Palanga bus station tel.: +370 460 53333.

Do not forget that EU/EEA students with an ISIC card are eligible for 50% discount on Lithuanian bus network (excluding services to other countries).

By train

Direct train service does not run to Palanga, as there are no railway tracks in the city. However, it is possible to take a train from Vilnius or Šiauliai (three times per day) to Kretinga, which is the springboard to the resort, located 11 km from there. Taxi and direct (and some indirect) bus service between Kretinga and Palanga available, but be advised that outside of July and August, it is not possible to catch a bus to Palanga if arriving on the last train (at 22:00). Kretinga also can be used as a base to stay overnight with an easy feasibility to do one-day trips to the resort.

EU/EEA ISIC student discount is also applicable.

By taxi

Taxi is available in front of Airport Terminal. A trip to Palanga city takes 10 min and costs about 20-40 LTL (6 EUR-12 EUR) or to Klaipėda takes about 30 min. price about 50 LTL (~15 EUR). A trip from/to Liepaja (Latvia) takes about 1 hour 20 min. and costs about 200 LTL (60 EUR). Taxi tel.: +370 46 345-345 (Klaipėda), +371 34 22222 (Liepaja).

By car

A 310 km four lane motorway connects Klaipėda and Palanga on the shore of the Baltic sea, and connects Kaunas, as well as Vilnius in the eastern part of the country.

From 15 May to 15 September, only paid parking is allowed in the city centre throughout the city and costs 2-3 LTL per hour. Hotels and guesthouses may have their own parking lots.

Only places with free parking in the city centre are on Biliuno and Zemaites streets.

Get around

See

Palanga has a beach, but it is very crowded in summer, since all Lithuanians come to their short coastline. Amber museum is also interesting. Please see the local webpage for more information [1]

Do

  • Palanga Pier It is a tradition to visit the pier around sunset. This can easily be included as part of a visit to Basanavicius street (see below).
  • Basanavicius street The focal point of Palanga, and the highlight of any visit to Palanga, is J.Basanavicius street, running between Vytauto street and the pier. Along this street can be found most of the town's bars, restaurants, nightclubs, funfairs and souvenir shops. People-watching is a fashionable, and fascinating pastime here.
  • The beach The beach extends in several kilometres either direction from the pier. Given that Palanga is Lithuania's main tourist resort, expect the beach to be very crowded in summer. The busiest areas are either side of the pier. Though the beach is less crowded further from the pier
  • Botanical Garden To the south of the city center is Palangas Botanical Garden, which is more like a forest and boosts the Amber Museum. Its a more a quiet place, especially in winter, but is nice to stroll around. A bit further into it, there is Birute Hill a forested sand dune, where excavations showed settlements from far back in time and now has a little chapel. From there you can take a nice walk back into town via the beach.

Buy

Items made from amber are one of the town's specialities, and range from inexpensive jewelry and small pictures with pieces of amber (or imitation amber) stuck on, up to very high quality items made of the real thing and costing thousands of Litas. There are good opportunities to buy souvenirs on your way to the beach, where tents with souvenirs are set up.

At the beach, you can enjoy a cheap cheburek and cold beer (sold by young peddlers). A bit of a warning though, the chebureks are not made in a local restaurant, and are deemed "illegal" for unsanitary conditions in which they are thought to be made, but, I have tried many chebureks and I haven't had food poisoning (yet). So buy from the peddlers at your own discretion.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

A large proportion of householders in Palanga offer rooms to let at very cheap rates. Simply look for signs offering accommodation.

  • Apartments "Stora Antis" in Palanga, [2].
  • 7Sakalai, Sakalo st. 14. Palanga (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=latitude+and+longitude&aq=&sll=55.953333,21.075511&sspn=0.03431,0.077162&ie=UTF8&hq=latitude+and+longitude&hnear=&z=10), [3]. Cozy guesthouse located in a peaceful location surrounded by pine forest and only 5 min away from the beach.

Budget

  • Vilija, Birutės al. 24, administracija@vilijahotel.lt, (+370) 46040039
  • Mėguva, M.Valančiaus g.1, (+370) 46048839
  • Vyturys, [4], S.Dariaus ir S. Girėno g.20, vyturys@is.lt, (+370) 46051290
  • Tenisas, Gėlių aikšte 1, (+370)46052828
  • Alka II,[5], S.Daukanto g.21, info@alka.lt, (+370) 46041433

Mid-range

  • Alanga,[6], S.Nėries g.14, rasa@alanga.lt, (+370) 46049215 , (+370) 46049318
  • Austėja,[7], Smilčių g.31, hotel@vetra.lt, (+370) 46056101
  • Gamanta, [8], Plytų g. 7, info@gamanta.lt, (+370) 46048885
  • Dailė[9], S.Daukanto g.33, palangos@palangosdaile.lt, (+370)46053636
  • Du broliai, Kretingos g.36, (+370) 46048108

Splurge

  • Auska, [10], Vytauto g. 11, auska@baltijahotel.lt, (+370) 46049083
  • Gabija, [11], Vytauto g. 40/ S.Dariaus ir S.Gireno g.25, info@gabija.lt, (+370) 460 48251
  • Palanga,[12], Birutės al. 60, info@palangahotel.lt; spa@palangahotel.lt, (+370) 46041414
  • Vetra, [13], Daukanto g. 35 / S. Dariaus ir S. Gireno g. 17,hotel@palangosvetra.lt, (+370) 46053032
  • Vanagupė, [14], Vanagupės g. 31, reservation@vanagupe.lt, (+370) 46041199

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