Baltic holiday haven

A small facility in western Lithuania is one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe. Sebastian Schmitz visits the Baltic coast to discover why.

PALANGA

Belavia Boeing 737-505 EW-294PA is prepared for departure to Minsk. (All photos author)
The 1,335ft (407m) Sea Bridge, also known as Palanga Pier, is often crowded with tourists.

Diverse and culturally rich Lithuania is one of Europe´s smaller countries. Its attractions include a picturesque coastline where the rolling hills decend towards the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile (100km) sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the sea. For most of the year, its long golden beaches are almost deserted, providing an excellent opportunity to get some fresh air and smell the scent of the pine forests that fringe the shoreline.

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