Top Baltic seaside resorts for the perfect summer holiday

The Baltic Sea is renowned for its unspoilt coastlines and scenic landscapes, making it an enticing destination for idyllic summer holidays.

As recent years have seen intense, record-breaking temperatures, travellers are increasingly drawn to destinations with more moderate weather conditions. As a result, the Baltic countries of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania have emerged as particularly attractive options.

Join us on a journey to explore the Baltic’s most captivating resorts – Jūrmala, Pärnu and Palanga – which promise an unforgettable summer experience!



12 great things to do in Jūrmala

The sweltering summer weather makes it the perfect time to swap home for the beach.

For those who appreciate historical charm and enjoy being around people, the seaside resort town of Jūrmala, which lies a 15-minute drive from Riga Airport in Latvia, is the perfect destination.

Historical wooden architecture of the Former Swimming Establishment of Emilija Racene

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Its unique wooden architecture is a reminder of 19th-century spa culture, and its 26 kilometres of white sandy beaches come alive in the summer.

With the sun shining and the breeze blowing, Jūrmala offers an idyllic setting for a variety of activities.

Here’s our list of things to do and see in Jūrmala.



What to see in Jūrmala

Visit the best beaches

In Jūrmala, Majori Beach and Dzintari Beach stand out as absolute must-sees. These beaches boast long stretches of golden sand kissed by gentle waves, inviting visitors to soak up the sun, take refreshing swims, and enjoy leisurely walks along the shore.

Add to this the charming seaside cafés and a host of leisure facilities, and you’ve got an unforgettable seaside experience for visitors of all ages.

Majori and Dzintari beaches have a lot of charming seaside cafés and comfortable sunbeds

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Lielupe Beach beckons to those seeking a quieter and more unspoilt beach experience.

Divided into two distinct bathing areas – one along the bay and the other along the river – this tranquil retreat offers a serene escape amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

With well-maintained facilities, inviting picnic areas, and volleyball courts, Lielupe Beach promises beach lovers a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Lielupe Beach will be a great choice for active leisure and unspoilt beach experience

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There are also nudist beaches for naturists.


Check out the museums

The Jūrmala City Museum, which is one of the most modern museums in Latvia, contains many items that tell the story of life in this legendary spa town from the late 19th century to the present day.

Of particular note is the swimwear collection, which focuses on women’s swimwear from the 20th century.

The Jūrmala City Museum tell the story of life in this legendary spa town from the late 19th century

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For a glimpse of Jūrmala’s pre-spa history and natural beauty, visit the Jūrmala Open-Air Museum at the mouth of the Lielupe River in Ragakāpa Nature Park.

Explore the life of Latvian fishermen in the 19th and early 20th centuries through exhibits of old wooden houses, anchors, fishing nets, and antique boats.

Jūrmala Open-air museum lets you take a look at the life of Latvian fishermen in the 19th and early 20th centuries

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This secluded spot promises an authentic experience and, if you’re lucky, you can even taste locally smoked fish from the nearby village.


Discover the must-see festivals

For over a century, Jūrmala’s historic stages and gardens have enchanted audiences with captivating open-air concerts.

Today, visitors can still enjoy music at the Dzintari open-air concert hall and the Melluži open-air stage, where the distant cries of seagulls and natural sunlight enhance the experience.

Keep an eye on social media channels, as concerts are held here every weekend during the summer.

During summer, Dzintari open-air concert hall holds a lot of concerts

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Jūrmala has also cemented its status as a festival hotspot, attracting classical, pop, and rock legends to its stages. This summer, don’t miss the Jūrmala Festival, which runs from July 13 to 20.

One of the standout events is the traditional Sunrise Concert on July 14, which is held against the breathtaking backdrop of Dzintari Beach. Featuring Iveta Apkalna – who is revered as the Queen of the Organ and serves as the titular organist at the Elbphilharmonie – it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Traditional season-opening concert - Sunrise Concert with Iveta Apkalna

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How to stay active in Jūrmala

Rent a bike for sightseeing

Hire a bike to explore the town’s picturesque coastal paths or take a rejuvenating ride through the lush pine forests.

During your stay in Jurmala, rent a bike and discover Jurmala cycling routes

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Interestingly, Jūrmala is renowned not only for its therapeutic resources but also for its rich historical architecture. Numerous buildings throughout the town are listed, and they showcase a diverse range of architectural styles, from Art Nouveau, National Romanticism, and Classical to Modernism and Soviet Functionalism.

Jurmala is an architectural gem with a diverse range of architectural styles

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Take a bike tour to discover Jūrmala’s hidden architectural gems – see for suggested routes.


Have fun on the tennis courts

Book a court and enjoy a friendly game with friends or family at one of Jūrmala’s tennis clubs. While the town offers a wide range of sporting activities, tennis has always held a special place in this resort town.

Among the many high-quality tennis facilities, one in particular stands out. Following extensive renovations, the Lielupe Tennis Centre has become the most modern tennis complex in the Baltic states.

The Lielupe Tennis Centre, after renovation has become the most modern tennis complex in the Baltic states

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Interestingly, this iconic venue attracted media attention as far back as 1932.


Enjoy a relaxing round of golf

Enjoy a round of golf surrounded by stunning natural scenery on one of Jūrmala’s prestigious courses.

Nicklaus Design, a leader in golf course design since 1969, has created some of the world’s most prestigious courses. Developed in collaboration with Nicklaus Design, Jurmala Golf Club & Hotel opened in late 2018 after five years of meticulous planning.

Jurmala Golf Club & Hotel is one of Jūrmala’s prestigious golf courses

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Strategically located between Riga and Jūrmala, it features an exceptional 18-hole course and a well-designed 9-hole par-3 academy course.



How to have fun with children in Jūrmala

Make a splash at Līvu Akvaparks

Embark on an adventure at Līvu Akvaparks, one of the largest water parks in northern Europe.

Here you’ll find an array of thrilling slides, family-friendly areas, a luxurious spa, and a sun-drenched outdoor beach.

Līvu akvaparks offers thrilling slides, family-friendly areas, a luxurious spa, and an outdoor beach

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With more than 20 slides, ten pools, and various other attractions, there’s endless fun for all ages. Unwind with rejuvenating spa facilities, including saunas and Jacuzzis, ensuring a relaxing experience for everyone.


Burn off some energy at Dzintari Forest Park

Experience the enchanting beauty of Dzintari Forest Park, where children can roam freely, play, and explore winding paths among the old pine trees.

Nestled in the forest near the Dzintari railway station, this sprawling park is like a giant playground with a host of attractions, including rope climbing, slides, a skate park, and basketball courts.

Dzintari Forest Park is intended for fans of active and relaxing leisure activities

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Parents will also appreciate the convenient cafés for refreshments and the park’s 33.5-metre-high observation tower, which offers panoramic views.

Dzintari Forest Park Viewing Tower offers panoramic views of pine forest and the Baltic sea

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Explore the magic of Ķemeri Bog

Embark on a family adventure at Ķemeri Bog, where children can fully immerse themselves in the wonders of nature.

Take a leisurely walk on the boardwalk and marvel at the unique flora and fauna that call this tranquil ecosystem home. Consider joining a guided tour led by an expert naturalist, who will give you a fascinating insight into the ecology of the bog.

Boardwalk through the Ķemeri National Park

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Don’t forget to pack a picnic and enjoy a meal in the tranquil surroundings.

For a truly unforgettable experience, join a sunrise tour to see the bog awaken in the soft glow of early-morning light.

For a truly unforgettable experience, join a sunrise tour at the Ķemeri National Park

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How to treat yourself in Jūrmala

Delight your taste buds

Jūrmala’s culinary scene is full of history and diverse in flavour. Many restaurants line Jomas iela and its environs, which bustle with summer vibes and live music late into the night.

A standout is the 36.Line Grill Restaurant, which has even been praised in the Michelin Guide. Located in Dubulti by the sea, it offers exceptional cuisine for an unforgettable dining experience.

Cold beetroot soup from the 36.Line Grill Restaurant in Jurmala

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We also recommend Kinza House, a restaurant and grill bar offering a unique blend of Caucasian, Mediterranean, and local cuisine in a simple style.

Restaurant Kinza House offers a unique blend of Caucasian, Mediterranean, and local cuisine

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Pamper yourself at a spa

Jūrmala’s spa industry dates back to the late 18th century. The sulphur-, bromide-, and sodium chloride-rich mineral waters hidden in the subsoil and the healing sapropel mud found in the area’s lakes are still used in the treatment programmes of most of the town’s resort hotels and rehabilitation centres.

Top spas in Jūrmala include Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa, which is renowned for its opulent ambience and diverse wellness offers.

Baltic Beach Hotel & SPA offers a wide range of SPA centre services, including more than 300 SPA treatments

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Hotel Jūrmala Spa, a tranquil retreat with saunas, pools, and massages; and Lielupe by Semarah Hotels, which is known for its contemporary facilities and extensive range of spa treatments.

Lielupe by Semarah Hotels is known for its contemporary facilities and extensive range of spa treatments

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Indulge in outlet shopping

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or local specialties, Jūrmala offers a variety of shopping experiences to suit all tastes and preferences.

Jomas iela, a bustling pedestrian street, is lined with a variety of shops, boutiques, and souvenir stalls.

If you’re in the mood for some delicious strawberries, head to the local farmers’ markets. Jūrmala has been famous for its strawberries for centuries.

During your stay in Jurmala, visit the local farmers’ markets for fresh fruits

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But if you’re more interested in fashion and brands, take a trip to Via Jurmala Outlet Village, the only outlet shopping village in the Baltics. It boasts more than 60 clothing, footwear, and accessories stores as well as several cafés and restaurants.

Via Jurmala Outlet Village is the only outlet shopping village in the Baltics

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12 great things to do in Pärnu

Estonia’s beloved ‘summer capital’ of Pärnu is renowned for its sandy beaches, historical architecture, and spa culture and offers a serene escape from modern life.

Beyond its coastal charm, Pärnu’s rich timber history adds authenticity to its ambience.

Villa Ammende in Parnu is one of the best examples of the early Art Nouveau style in Estonia

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Located just 130 kilometres southwest of Tallinn, this town seamlessly blends tradition with relaxation, making it an ideal summer destination.

Explore our list of things to see and do in Pärnu.



What to see in Pärnu

Visit the best beaches

Start your exploration with a visit to Pärnu City Beach, one of Estonia’s beat-known beaches. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sandy shore, take a dip in the Baltic Sea, or just relax and soak up the sun.

In addition to the beautiful sandy beach, you’ll find activities for the whole family.

Sandy Pärnu beach, which feels like a town within a town in the summer

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The secluded Kabli Beach can be found south of Pärnu. Nearby there are picnic areas, playgrounds, a summer café, a nature and study trail, and various accommodation facilities.


Check out the museums

The Pärnu Museum offers a comprehensive exploration of the region’s history through archaeological finds, traditional crafts, and engaging exhibits for all ages.

Recognised as one of the most modern museums in the Baltic region, it offers a contemporary perspective on Pärnu’s heritage.

The Pärnu Museum offers an exploration of the region’s history through archaeological finds

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Meanwhile, the Lydia Koidula Memorial Museum honours Estonia’s esteemed poet and publicist in her former home, offering insights into her life, literary contributions, and lasting legacy in the country’s cultural landscape.

Lydia Koidula Memorial Museum honours one of the famous poetesses and publicists during the national awakening of Estonia

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Discover the must-see festivals

In summer, Pärnu comes alive with a vibrant tapestry of festivals, each embodying the spirit of the season’s warmth and vitality.

From the historical charm of the Hanseatic Days (June 28–30) to the pulsating electronic rhythms of Beach Grind (July 12–13), there’s something for everyone.

Beach grind is the eagerly anticipated electronic music festival with well-known artists since 2011

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Classical music lovers can immerse themselves in the renowned Pärnu Music Festival (July 10–19), which adds even more variety to the town’s dynamic festival programme.

Pärnu music festival has primarily focused on orchestral music over the decades

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With such a diverse range of events, Pärnu guarantees an unforgettable summer experience for locals and visitors alike.



How to stay active in Pärnu

Experience Pärnu’s charm on a bicycle

Pärnu boasts an extensive network of 70 kilometres of cycle paths, making cycling the preferred mode of transport for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the freedom of exploring Pärnu on two wheels by renting bicycles for the whole family.

Explore Parnu freely by bicycle

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Glide through picturesque parks, pedal along the charming streets of the Old Town, or venture into the tranquil surroundings of the Pärnu Coastal Meadow Trail, where lush meadows and coastal views await.

For the more adventurous, make your way to Valgeranna Adventure Park, where cycling trails intertwine with thrilling attractions that promise excitement for riders of all ages.

Valgeranna Adventure Park offers thrilling attractions that promise excitement for all ages

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Play golf overlooking the sea

Experienced golfers flock to Pärnu for good reason. Pärnu Bay Golf Links offers more than just an 18-hole course; it also has five par-3 courses and a driving range for all types of shots.

As the first links-style course in the Baltic states, and with a length ranging from 4500 to 6200 metres, it promises a unique golfing experience.

Pärnu Bay Golf Links is a versatile golf complex 

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Overlooking the tranquil sea is an impressive clubhouse with saunas for golfers, a shop stocked with top-of-the-range golfing equipment, and a cosy lounge café.

Guests can also indulge in culinary delights at Eagle Restaurant, which specialises in Nordic interpretations of modern European flavours.

Eagle Restaurant specialises in Nordic interpretations of modern European flavours

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Try out the supercar experience

Just beyond Pärnu lies a playground for thrill seekers: the Porsche Ring. A rare gem in this corner of Europe, it guarantees an unrivalled adrenaline rush.

Here enthusiasts can satisfy their need for speed with high-octane laps in sports cars.

The Porsche Ring is the only closed circuit in Estonia meant for racing cars and motorcycles

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For those seeking the ultimate driving experience, there’s the option to hire a car, with iconic choices such as the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 supercar or the esteemed Toyota GT86.

Advance booking is recommended for an unforgettable trip to the heart of motorsport excitement right in Estonia’s own backyard.

Porsche Ring offers to rent a car and enjoy an ultimate driving experience

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How to have fun with children in Pärnu

Plan a pirate-themed holiday

Set sail for adventure at the Pärnu Yacht Club, a storied maritime haven founded in 1906.

After a day of navigating the waves, families can drop anchor at the club’s restaurant, where panoramic views of the river create an unforgettable dining experience.

Pärnu Yacht Club restaurant guarantees a panoramic views of the river

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But the fun doesn’t stop there! Step out onto the summer terrace for the whimsical sight of the pirate ship Arabella.

Here, young buccaneers can let their imaginations run wild as they play captain and embark on thrilling imaginary voyages.

Furnished playground like the deck of a ship for kids at the Pärnu Yacht Club restaurant

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With delicious cuisine, scenic views, and playful escapades aboard the Arabella, a visit to the Pärnu Yacht Club promises to be a memorable experience for sailors of all ages.


Explore the magical world of Lotte Village

Just six kilometres from Pärnu lies Lotte Village, Estonia’s largest amusement park.

Every corner of this whimsical wonderland reflects the charm and magic of the beloved Estonian animated films, inviting visitors to embark on an adventure alongside beloved characters such as Lotte, Bruno, and Albert.

Lotte Village is the largest amusement park in Estonia

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From crafts and gardening to music and sports, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained. Explore the villagers’ quaint homes, which are full of delightful inventions, and be entertained by rollicking theatre performances.

Lotte Village seamlessly blends fantasy and reality to create an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Lotte Village offers a wide range of attractions for kids

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Jump into some water-park adventure

The fun never stops at Tervise Paradiis water park! Gather your loved ones, including the little ones, for a day of excitement and laughter.

Feel the rush as you hurtle down four different slides from an 11-metre platform – the longest is 85 metres long! But don’t worry, because everyone splashes down safely into the pool below.

Tervise Paradiis water park guarantees enjoyable rest for all ages

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Feeling even more adventurous? Jump off the four-metre diving platform or brave the rapid mountain rivers.

Need a break? Relax in one of the pools, including an outdoor pool that’s open all year round.

The kids can splash around and play to their hearts’ content. And while they’re being entertained, the adults can relax in the Jacuzzis or enjoy a drink at the Aqua Bar while dipping their feet in the water.

Adults relaxing in the Jacuzzis at the Tervise Paradiis water park

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How to treat yourself in Pärnu

Discover the culinary treasures

Pärnu’s top restaurants showcased in the prestigious Falstaff Nordic Restaurant Guide are a delight for food lovers.

In particular, the Mon Ami restaurant has carved out a niche for itself on the ground floor of the boutique Frost Hotel on the town’s bustling main street. Frost stands out as one of the most creatively designed hotels in Pärnu, and the restaurant’s menu reflects this elegance, combining classic flavours with contemporary flair.

Mon Ami restaurant's food combines classic flavours with a contemporary flair

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But Pärnu isn’t just about fine dining; here you’ll also find cosy cafés (don’t miss the charming Kastrul) and friendly pubs scattered throughout the town centre and beach area.

Colourful and tasty cocktails from the charming Kastrul cafe in Parnu

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Indulge in the iconic spas

With roots dating back to 1838, Pärnu’s spas have a legacy of pampering and rejuvenation. Discover a range of indulgent experiences, from tranquil waters and sauna therapies to opulent mud treatments and soothing massages.

Summer terrace of the Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa

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Whether you’re enchanted by the historical charm of Hedon Spa & Hotel (which is tucked away in the beautifully restored Mud Baths building), captivated by the serene ambience of Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa, or seeking the healing touch of Wasa Health Centre & Hotel with its long tradition as a medical spa, Pärnu’s spas promise an unforgettable escape.

A view of the sea from one of the rooms at the Hedon Spa

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Take the opportunity to relax and recharge your internal batteries.


Shop for local delicacies and design

In Pärnu, a bustling market showcases summer delicacies from the garden and the sea.

For a more quaint shopping experience, explore Rüütli tänav, known as Pärnu’s main pedestrian street. Here amidst the charming boutiques and galleries you’ll find unique handicrafts and creations by local artisans and esteemed Estonian designers.

Estonian fashion store Siluett in Parnu

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Don’t miss the Ehe ja Ehtne käsitöö handicrafts shop and the Siluett Estonian fashion store, which are both must-visits for lovers of Nordic design.


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12 great things to do in Palanga

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your ideal holiday. What comes to mind first? Most likely, it’s the image of a glistening golden beach surrounded by the vast expanse of the sea.

Palanga offers 18 kilometres of the Baltic Sea coastline

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But what if we could enhance this idyllic scene with the invigorating scent of pine forests and the leisurely pace of days spent with loved ones, be they family, children, or a circle of cherished friends? All this and more awaits you in Palanga, Lithuania’s premier resort town, where the allure of relaxation and rejuvenation beckons.

Here’s our list of things to see and do in Palanga.



What to see in Palanga

Visit the best beaches

Although Palanga’s main beach is bustling at peak times, its 18 kilometres of coastline offer plenty of solitude.

The vast expanse of fine, soft, silky white sand beckons sunbathers and leisurely strollers alike. A short walk from this hotspot reveals quieter shores, offering a peaceful retreat from the crowds. Along the shoreline, several beach cafés offer cosy stops for refreshment and relaxation.

Palanga Beach Bar during the sunset

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For those looking for active fun, beach volleyball courts offer friendly competition in a sunny seaside setting.

Don’t miss the opportunity to step onto the iconic Sea Pier, a majestic 470-metre wooden structure that stretches out into the Baltic Sea and offers breathtaking panoramic views.

Enjoy a panoramic view of Palangas coastline from Palangas Sea pier

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Check out the museums

Enter the opulent world of amber at the Palanga Amber Museum located in the meticulously restored Tiškevičiai Palace.

Despite its relatively small size, the museum houses one of the largest amber collections in the world and invites visitors to discover the history, formation, and cultural significance of this gemstone. With educational programmes for all ages, the museum is an exciting experience for the whole family.

A part of the exhibition at the Amber Museum in Pernava

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It’s also worth exploring Tiškevičiai Palace itself and the surrounding Palanga Botanical Park, better known as Birutė Park. Designed by the famous French architect Édouard François André at the end of the 19th century, this area, known as the Pearl of Palanga, is a picturesque sanctuary of pretty paths, tranquil ponds, and lush greenery.

Birutė Park, known as the Pearl of Palanga, is a picturesque sanctuary of pretty paths, tranquil ponds, and lush greenery

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Uncover the best concert venues

Let’s face it, Palanga may not have a great abundance of music festivals, but it certainly has its fair share. For example, Birutė Park is transformed into a sanctuary for music lovers, with nightly brass concerts taking place amidst the tranquil beauty of nature.

Meanwhile, Lithuania’s largest dancing fountain, at Vytauto gatve, entertains visitors with a mesmerising display of music, light, and water, adding another layer of enchantment to the city’s summer ambience.

Lithuania’s largest dancing fountain entertains visitors with a mesmerising display of music, light, and water

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When it comes to culture, the Palanga Concert Hall is the place to be. Located right in the city centre, it hosts all kinds of performances throughout the year, from classical music to theatre. It’s a fantastic place to catch some entertainment and soak up the artsy vibe of Palanga.



How to stay active in Palanga

Explore the coast by bicycle

Cycling along the Baltic coast is an unbeatable way to explore, and Palanga is a cyclist’s paradise.

Palanga is a cyclist’s paradise offering some great routes

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Several scenic routes pass through the resort town, providing easy access to the resort town of Šventoji to the north or even day trips to Latvia.

Heading south to Klaipėda, highlights include the Seaside Regional Park and the impressive Dutchman’s Cap, the highest point along the Lithuanian coast.

And don’t miss the nearby Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a bike ride away, with its stunning beaches, high dunes, and charming villages.

While in Palanga, visit Curonian Spit, which is just a bike ride away

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Try a variety of sports on the water

Palanga is the ultimate destination for water enthusiasts! Here you can experience the thrill of kiteboarding and windsurfing or opt for the tranquillity of stand-up paddleboarding on calmer waters. One of the most popular services is the Sea Paradise SUP and surf school.

Palanga’s favourable wind conditions and stunning scenery provide the perfect setting for water activities

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Whatever your preference, Palanga’s favourable wind conditions and stunning scenery provide the perfect setting for these activities.

And for those seeking a more leisurely experience, sightseeing or fishing boat tours offer a relaxing way to enjoy the picturesque surroundings.


Discover the beauty of nature while hiking

Experience the beauty of Palanga through its captivating walking trails, which offer a perfect blend of coastal panoramas and natural wonders.

One of the main destinations is the Seaside Regional Park, where trails wind through gentle pine forests and towering dunes.

As you stroll through this idyllic setting, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Baltic Sea and the rich diversity of local flora and fauna.

A view from Baltic Coastal Hiking Trails 68.section Palanga - Latvia

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Be sure to include a visit to the nearby Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its majestic sand dunes and unparalleled ecosystem.

Exploring the trails of this unique sand dune peninsula allows you to fully immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of this ever-changing landscape, where the whispering pines meet the shifting sands.

The Curonian Spit is a 98-kilometre-long, thin, curved sand-dune spit

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How to have fun with children in Palanga

Make memories at Palanga Summer Park

Unleash your inner athlete at Palanga Summer Park, a vibrant leisure centre on the Lithuanian coast. With an open-air trampoline park, challenging obstacle courses, an electric car track, a beautiful merry-go-round, and more, there’s endless fun for all ages.

Palanga Summer Park offers endless fun for all ages

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While the kids play, the adults can relax with sweet treats like ice cream or join in on the mini golf action.

Palanga Summer Park promises an unforgettable experience for everyone!


Dive into a world of wonderful illusions

Join the adventure at Eureka House of Illusions and discover a world where wonder meets learning.

Breathtaking illusions, hands-on exhibits, and interactive activities will delight children and adults alike. From optical wonders to educational workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy together.

Participate in educational workshops at the Eureka House of Illusions

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At Eureka, everything is fun – even learning! Learn how to make electricity from a lemon, create a jellyfish in a jar to take home, and take part in tricks, explosions, and other fascinating experiments that will deepen your knowledge of the world around us.


Foster the imagination at the Fairytale Park

Have you heard of the Lithuanian Fairytale Park in Palanga? It’s a charming park decorated with sculptures that bring Lithuanian fairytales to life.

Children are encouraged to interact with the sculptures by touching them, climbing on them, and playing around them.

Fairytale Park in Palanga is a park decorated with sculptures that bring Lithuanian fairy tales to life

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Each sculpture is accompanied by a written fairy tale in both Lithuanian and English, letting visitors immerse themselves in the enchanting stories. Visitors can also press a button to listen to the stories. It’s a delightful experience that captures the imagination of young and old alike.



How to treat yourself in Palanga

Explore Palanga’s wellness heritage

Palanga became famous as a health resort in the inter-war period, thanks to its natural healing properties.

Even today, climatotherapy remains a cornerstone of the town’s therapeutic appeal. Situated on the coast and surrounded by dense forests, Palanga benefits from the curative essences emitted by coniferous trees, especially pine. The air also contains traces of iodine, bromine, magnesium, and chlorine, which enhance the benefits of inhalation.

Palanga is a well-known SPA town with a therapeutic appeal

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Palanga continues to be a sought-after wellness destination, with numerous health centres and sanatoriums.

Among the best are Gradiali Medical Spa & Wellness Hotel, Palanga Life Balance Spa Hotel, and Vanagupė Spa Resort.

Vanagupė Spa Resort is the most popular resort of the Lithuanian Baltic Seacoast

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Indulge in the flavours of fresh seafood

Discover Palanga’s culinary delights in its charming cafés and restaurants, where fresh seafood dishes are paired with fine wines and local beers.

For an exceptional dining experience, head to the Žuvinė restaurant, which is renowned for its elegant ambience and fresh seafood.

Žuvinė restaurant is renowned for its elegant ambience and fresh seafood

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And for the epitome of fine dining, Vila Komoda, ranked fifth among Lithuania’s top 30 restaurants, offers à la carte and tasting menus created by acclaimed chef Martynas Meidus.

Don’t forget to book a late breakfast at Todá, a seasonal restaurant serving a delicious variety of Middle Eastern dishes. This award-winning establishment strives to create an atmosphere where guests can relax and enjoy their time by the sea.

A dish from Todá restaurant that serves a delicious variety of Middle Eastern dishes

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Shop for unique amber jewellery

Once one of the main centres of Europe’s amber trade, Palanga is not only home to the largest amber museum in the Baltics; it’s also the ultimate destination for buying amber jewellery.

Today, the tradition of making exquisite Lithuanian amber jewellery continues, with skilled artisans transforming raw amber into stunning works of art.

Amber jewellery from Lithuanian local brand Amber Cat

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This skillful fusion of traditional techniques with contemporary designs has resulted in jewellery that captures the attention of discerning buyers.

Immerse yourself in Palanga’s vibrant shopping scene, where you can explore amber boutiques and souvenir shops to find unique treasures to take home.


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Cover photo by Ken Oja, Visit Estonia
Text by Zane Nikodemusa

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