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Palanga

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

Get in

See an updated information about getting there and away at [1]

By plane

Palanga Airport [2] offers regular scheduled flights operated by foreign airlines.

By bus

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.

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.

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.

Palanga is one of the stops on the Klaipeda - Riga bus route. This bus also calls at Liepaja. (Note that the buses from Klaipeda to Riga Airport via Siauliai do not call at Palanga or Liepaja.)

By taxi

Taxi is available in front of Airport Terminal. A trip to Palanga city takes 10 min and costs about 20 to 40 Lt (6 EUR-12 EUR) or to Klaipėda takes about 30 min. price about 40 Lt (12 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).

By car

There is 310 km motorway from westwern part of Lithuania, Klaipeda and Palanga on the shore of the Baltic sea, and connects Kaunas, as well as Vilnius in the eastern part of the country. 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. For more information please contact Airport Cafe tel./fax (+370 460) 51392.

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.

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 [3]

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, [4].
  • 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), [5]. Cozy guesthouse located in a peaceful location surrounded by pine forest and only 5 min away from the beach.


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