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Kevin's EuroVelo insider tip: the Lithuanian seaside on the EuroVelo 10 - Baltic Sea Cycle Route

The Insider Tips series presents the favorite EuroVelo routes and sections of the European Cyclists' Federation's staff. We explain why it is one of our favorites and what is particularly worth a visit - this month the EuroVelo 10 in Lithuania.

 

Riding the Lithuanian section of the EuroVelo 10 - Baltic Sea Cycle Route from the nothern border with Latvia to the border with Russia to the south, you will cycle next to the shores of the Baltic Sea, breathing in the fresh sea air!

 

This section of the EuroVelo 10 - Baltic Sea Cycle Route starts in the north, next to the Latvian border. Together with other ECF members I cycled from the city of Klaipeda down to the Curonian Spit all the way to Nida, near the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. With a length of almost a 100 kilometers and an average height of 35 meters, some parts even reaching 60 meters, the Curonian Spit forms Europe's highest and longest sand dune. It separates a tranquil lagoon on one side and the Baltic sea on the other.

 

The trip itself is great for cycling. On the Lithuanian part of the EuroVelo 10 - Baltic Sea Cycle Route, you will pass through beautiful fishing villages, untouched wildlife, spectacular landscapes and all of this on mostly car free roads, which makes it some special cycling. Even though the dunes next to it are high, the road itself is quite flat and therefore easy to ride. The cycle route is completly signposted as well, which makes it even easier to reach the destination of this portion, the city of Nida, just near the border to the Russian enclave.

 

Insider tips

- Make time for a swim

- Eat amazing smoked fish from stalls by the water front with a local beer

- If you are not carrying on round the Baltic or don’t have a Russian Visa, you can take a boat back to the mainland from Nida

- Thomas Mann had a summer house there where he wrote several novels in the late 1920s, it is now a cultural centre

 

 

You can read more on Kevin's trip on this beautiful EuroVelo 10 section in Lithuania on his blog.