Welcome to Kurshskaya Kosa
Tall, windswept dunes, pristine beaches and dense pine forests teeming with wildlife lie along the 98km-long Curonian Spit (Kurshskaya Kosa; Куршская Коса), a Unesco World Heritage Site that divides the Baltic Sea (to the west) from the tranquil Curonian Lagoon (on the eastern side). The 50km of the spit within Russian territory (the rest is in Lithuania) constitutes Kurshskaya Kosa National Park. The park is home to the highest drifting dunes in Europe, with some reaching a lofty 60m. Mellow fishing and holiday villages dot the eastern coast (along the lagoon). From south to north they are Lesnoy (Лесной; formerly Sarkau), Rybachy (Рыбачий; formerly Rossitten) and Morskoe (Морское; formerly Pilkoppen).