Lithuania

Palanga travel guide

ABOUT PALANGA:

Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has beaches of sand (18 km long and up to 300 m wide) and sand dunes.

How to get to Palanga:

  • By plane: Palanga airport is located only 5 km from the town center. There are direct flights to Palanga from Oslo (operated by Norwegian), from Copenhagen (operated by SAS) and from Riga (operated by airBaltic).
  • By sea: The nearest seaport is Klaipeda (25 km from Palanga). Ferry lines connect Klaipeda with Kiel Germany) and Karlshamn (Sweden).
  • By bus/train: If travelling from abroad, your bus will probably arrive at Vilnius (Capital of Lithuania) or Kaunas (second largest city).From there you will have to take another bus to Klaipeda (which is nearest city from Palanga). Alternatively, there is also train service from
    Vilnius to Klaipeda. From Klaipeda, Buses to Palanga go every day from Klaipeda Bus Station every ~30 min. Local bus schedules and prices: autobusubilietai.lt.

Typical Costs:

  • Accommodation: The majority of the accommodation in Palanga is family run guesthouses or mini- hotels. In high season you can rent a room starting from 30 EUR per night, and even less in low season. For booking accommodation we recommend using Booking.com, which has largest selection of accommodation in Palanga. We personally stayed at Po Kastonu hotel, and the price in June 2015 for studio room was 40 EUR per room per night. Studio room is a very good choice as it has own kitchen and you can save on restaurants if you can cook yourself.
  • Food:
    • Economical choice: There are several supermarkets in Palanga (Maxima, Rimi, IKI and others). If you wish to save, but not spending time on cooking, serch for already prepared meals in supermarkerts. Any prepared meal usually cost up to 3 EUR.
    • Restaurants: There are pleanty of restaurants in Palanga, mainly located on the famous J. Basanaviciaus pedestrian street. Main dish at any restaurant will cost starting from about 7 EUR. Tea/coffee about 2 EUR. Cocktails starting from 5 EUR. Take aways offer hotdogs, hamburgers and kebabs starting from 2 EUR. TIP: consider eating at Cili Pica, which is one of the most favourite pizza restaurants network in Lithuania. Since it’s a network, they always have special offers (example 2 for 1 price drinks, discounts for selected pizzas etc). Cili Pica is located at the very end of J. Basanaviciaus street, towards sea.
  • Transportation: Palanga is a small city and you will not need to use bus services as long as you don’t want to see attractions outside the town. If you would like to visit nearby Klaipeda, the bus ride will cost you 1,40 – 1,80 EUR per person one way.

Top attractions in Palanga and Klaipeda region:

NR1. Dolphinarium in Klaipeda

Since it’s the only dolphinarium in Baltic states, it worth a visit. Show. 480x320_dolphins And the price is very affordable: 7 EUR for Adult and 4 EUR for Child ticket. Note that the dolphinarium is located on the Curonian split and you’ll have to take ferry from the Klaipeda port to reach the Curonian split. The ferry travel time is approximately 5 minutes. Link for dolphins shows timetable and booking: www.muziejus.lt Link to ferry timetable: www.keltas.lt

NR 2. Dinosaurs Park near Klaipeda

Dinosaur Park is located near Radailiu Dvaras, on the high shore of a pond, 7 km away from Klaipeda. It is a Dino1unique, only one of the kind in the Baltic states Dinosaur park holding impressive moving, spraying and roaring dinosaurs. Park visitors will be able to discover up to forty natural size dinosaur dummies.

Entertainment at the Dinosaur park:
The Dinosaur park can offer two (based on the age group) different children playgrounds. One holds carousel, electric play cars that have shooting laser guns, a trampoline and water bikes in the pond. The other holds forty moving, roaring and competing with one another dinosaurs.dino2

Prices:

Children’s ticket (2 to 12 years)- 7,3 €
Adult ticket – 8,5 €
The price includes access to all recreational facilities of the park (trampoline, bumper cars, carousel, water bicycles, mirror labyrinth, etc.). ​

Link to Dinosaurs park website: www.dinoparkas.lt

NR 3. Juozo alus – traditional Lithuanian restaurant

This popular restaurant which is also a brewery is located just few km outside Klaipeda. There is also a sculpture park and a mini zoo park (worth a visit) and some other entertainment on site.

Link Juozo alus: hbh.lt

NR 4. J. Basanavičiaus street

J. Basanavičiaus street is the most bussiest street which leads from town centre to the sea pier. Along the street you will find many restaurant, take-aways, shops and other entertainment sites.  It’s really fun  having a walk along the street.

NR 4. the Pier

the Palanga Pier in the longest pier in Baltics (470 m long).  It’s a loved place to spend a sunset.

NR 5. Palanga Amber Museum

Palanga amber museum is housed in the restored 19th-century Tiškevičiai Palace and is surrounded by the Palanga Botanical Garden. The museum’s collection of amber comprises about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. About 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry.

NR 6. Palanga Botanical garden

Located in centre of Palanga, this park surrounded by pine trees is one of the prettiest, best-preserved, and best-kept parks in Lithuania’s coastal region.