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Introducing Palanga

Palanga is a seaside resort with a split personality - peaceful pensioner paradise in winter, pounding party spot in summer. Tourists from all over Lithuania and abroad flock to its idyllic 10km sandy beach backed by sand dunes and scented pines.

You'll find Palanga, if you don't hear it first, 25km north of Klaipėda and 18km south of the Latvian border. Blink and you'll miss another hotel or bar opening. Yet despite the crowds and encroaching neon Palanga retains its traditional charm with wooden houses and the ting-a-ling of bicycle bells and pedal-powered taxis adding a quaint air to red-brick Basanavičiaus gatvė - the pedestrian heart of the action.

Brash Šventoji, 12km north, lacks the panache of Palanga but - with its inflatable fish that spit out kids, dodgem cars and merry-go-round of restaurant entertainers and fun-fair rides - it entertains. Nemirseta, a couple of kilometres south of Palanga, is known for its incredible sand dunes and for being the furthest east the Prussians ever got.