Klaipėda is Lithuania's third city after Vilnius and Kaunas. It is located along the Baltic coast and is an important port in the region. It has been a crucial city from a historical point of view owing to the fact that is was ruled by the Teutonic knights, the Prussians, the Germans and the Soviets.
Today, it is popular among tourists because it is located close to the delta of the Danė River and is a 10-minute boat ride across the Curonian lagoon to a strange natural feature called the Curonian Spit. This narrow strip of land is nearly a hundred kilometres long and is split between Lithuania and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The sandy beaches and huge dunes in this area are fantastic sites to visit and thanks to a UNESCO heritage tag and national park status, several species of birds and animals thrive here.
This picture was taken at around 9 pm on a beach in the Melnrage area in the northern part of the city.
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