Baltic Sea Coast
We are proud and happy to be a country on the coast of the Baltic Sea, one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe. Of course, the greenish sea and the white fine and clean sand attracts holidaymakers mostly in the hottest summer days, but people can be seen walking along the beach there even in early spring or late autumn. Palanga is the most popular seaside resort, followed by the Curonian Spit, a long and narrow peninsula washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other.
The beaches in Nida and Juodkrantė, two of the four settlements on this peninsula, fly the Blue Flag year after year. The Blue Flag is a privilege of those beaches and piers only which satisfy the requirements of the international Foundation for Environmental Education. The compliance with the requirements is verified by the Lithuanian Green Movement and the Foundation for Environmental Protection during each holiday season. If any shortcomings are found, the Blue Flag must be hauled down and can be hoisted again only after all the shortcomings have been eliminated.
The Baltic Sea is not very saline, as it is diluted by much fresh water flowing into it from rivers, rain and snow. Moon-caused tides are hardly felt at all in the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea has a wide shelf and a lagoon-type coast sloping very gently, which is an advantage for holidaymaking families with small children.
The Klaipėda Seaport on the Baltic Sea is an ice-free port. Although it freezes-up in winter, the ice is thin and no icebreakers are needed to keep it navigable.