Neringa: An Architectural Guide tells the fascinating story of the Curonian Spit fishing villages, which have become Lithuania’s most prestigious holiday resorts.
Bathed by the sea and the lagoon, the Curonian Spit and its pine forests, white sandy beaches, dunes, small picturesque towns and wild nature attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, in spite of an absence of luxury hotels or spas, seafront restaurants or attractions. What is the secret of Neringa’s allure? What has made it such an impressive and intriguing destination?
In this guide you will learn that before the Second World War the resort centre of the Curonian Spit was Juodkrantė, famous for its splendid villas, while Nida was a place where artists sought peace and quiet, and where the glider pilots, known as the ‘romantics of the air and the wind’, flew their gliders from the dunes. You will discover that the majority of the existing holiday homes were built in the Soviet era, when pure modernist architecture was replaced by more regionalist architecture, and that remarkably, little has been built since Lithuania regained its independence in 1990.