Nida – the biking challenge

Kursiu Nerija or Curonian Spit is  a tiny,  50 km  long piece of land, accessible only by water transport thus beautiful, green, fresh aired place. Often called the Lithuanian riviera offers a unique scenery of dunes, forests and white sand Nordic beaches.

This place takes its rightful place in the UNESCO heritage list. The spit is harshly protected from urbanization and is a perfect location for camping, hiking and biking. The local government do strongly encourage you to leave your car in Klaipeda, the other side of Kursiu Marios – Curonian Lagoon and take a bike as the main mean of transportation and enjoy a  nice & easy 50 km ride through a (flat) forest.

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A passage through Kursiu Marios – Curonian Lagoon from Klaipeda, Lithuania
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The navy ships of Lithuania
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The Port of Klaipeda
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The seagull
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First timer at the Baltic coast

With the lagoon on your left and deserted beaches on your right, biking here is a perfect form of meditation. If you travel off the season you are very likely not to meet any people in 10 km or 20 km.

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White
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Empty
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Beaches

The spit is famous for its dunes. A number of them are under strict protection and are not accessible to tourists. My personal favorite is the Naglis dune. The latest biking discovery Vecekrugo dune – possibly the highest point of the spit. The dune of Parnydis is the most known and it will take your breath away…

There are several fishermen villages across the spit. Nida being the biggest and the most famous one – right at the end of your biking challenge, next to boarder with Russia’s Kaliningrad.

This place is very special for me, and for many Lithuanians. It is unique, untouched, somewhat mysterious and very  wild. I hope it stays like this. I hope I will bring my children here one day and they will bring theirs…

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Long trip through dunes – Ilga kelione per kopas

Aš, viską praūžęs,
Rūkais užsirūkęs,
Geriu
Žalių vynų
Nakties.
Geriu
Žalią tylą,
Geriu
Žalią šilą.
Geriu
Ir apsvaigęs
Einu. 

Paulius Širvys