ⓘ Smiltynė


ⓘ Smiltyne

Smiltyne is a part of Klaipeda city municipality in Lithuania. It is located on the northern tip of the Curonian Spit, next to a narrow strait which connects the Curonian Lagoon to the Baltic Sea. Across the 0.5-kilometre wide strait, on the Lithuanian mainland, is the port city of Klaipeda. Ferries transport vehicles and people daily between the two cities across the strait, as there is no connecting bridge. Smiltyne serves as a public beach for Klaipeda residents, as ports take up the coastline around Klaipeda.

The village began as a travel point between Memel now Klaipeda and Koenigsberg, todays Kaliningrad. Travelers would stay to rest or wait for better weather to cross the Strait. Smiltyne is first mentioned in 1429. The hotel and tavern was built in 1525. This largely depends on tourist income, and, therefore, suffered during the wars of the 19th and 20th century. Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, the village was just an Inn with a handful of fishermans houses, but later turned into a popular resort among wealthy residents of klaipėda.

Smiltyne became part of the klaipėda municipality in 1897, and soon after became legal to sell land to private individuals. In 1901 a large, luxurious, and popular two-story hotel was built a restaurant and a casino and the Kurhaus. Other villas were also constructed. However, after the Second world war, the luxurious life of the village came to an end. Many old buildings have survived to this day, most of them have been renovated. The majority of the population, and today there are approximately 50 residents.

To the North of Smiltyne is a small cemetery, used before world war II. The village also has a nature Museum, which educates visitors about the Geology, changing landscape and unique flora and fauna of the spit. Just a few hundred meters from the house there is a pier large enough to accommodate up to 100 yachts. Modern hotel and restaurant, a popular spot for international yachters.

  • Dock and Svyturio Arena. Svyturys initiated the replanting of the area of Smiltyne forest destroyed in a fire, has contributed money to coastal sand dune
  • Giruliai naturist beach A small official naturist beach in Klaipeda. Smiltyne naturist beach A large official naturist beach in Klaipeda. Nida naturist

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