This magical slither of land, split equally between Lithuania and Russia, is possibly the outdoor highlight of Lithuania. A cheap 10min ferry gets you across to the spit where pristine, squeaky (literally!) white sandy beaches, dense pine forests where elk wander and immense sand dunes await. Recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, these sand dunes are the height of ten storey buildings and are affectionately referred to as Lithuania’s Sahara. Hike or bike along any of the interconnecting nature trails for panoramic views towards Kalingrad of forest and sand as far as the eye can see. Breathtaking.
Curonian Spit – Lithuania’s Saharan desert