We took the ferry over to Smiltyné, which is the Coronian Spit - that's opposite Klaipéda in Lithuania. It's a 10-15 min crossing. Then we took the bus that takes about an hour to travel the 50kms past fishing villages to Nida, which is at the south-western tip of the spit. Very disappointing that there is nowhere to swim at Nida. The water had green sludge in it. We walked from the township to the huge sand dune and climbed five million steps to get a fabulous view over to Russia from the top. We continued walking looking for a beach where we could swim. We've since looked on Google Maps and are amazed at how far we walked. We continued on in the heat, crossed the only road, walked through forests, climbed another dune and found ourselves on the other side of the spit where there are straight stretches of clean sandy beach practically the whole length of it. And...we ended up on a nudist beach! Well I couldn't have cared if it was a beach for red-nosed Martians. There was water and we stripped off and slid into that cold lovely refreshing marvellous delicious water. I've never done it before but it's quite liberating and no one takes the slightest bit of notice of you. After, we walked to a little village and got a local bus back to Nida and then a larger one back to the ferry. Well worth the visit and lots to see.
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