Kuršių Nerija National Park

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Exploring the sand dunes and pine forests of Lithuania's Baltic coast
Nida is a lovely Lithuanian resort town located on the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile sliver of land that separates the freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. A summer getaway popular among Lithuanians, Russians, and Germans, the region is distinguished by an enchanting landscape of sand dunes and pine forests; wild boars are said to run amok amid the trees. Last summer, I spent a weekend in Nida and fell in love with the place. It's a quiet old fishing village—the smell of smoked perch wafting from homes along the shore is very much a part of the sensory experience here—but it doesn't feel anachronistic. Art galleries, wifi-enabled cafes, and a seasonal infusion of hip young refugees from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius ensure that Nida remains both quaint and cool.
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