Klaipėda, Lithuania

Curonian Spit: Waterfront & Wooded Running

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Just across the water from Klaipėda, there’s some pleasant waterside and wooded running on the Curonian Spit. Klaipėda lies at the northern end of this 98 km sandspit along the Baltic Sea that features numerous beaches, resort towns, and spectacular dunes. The ~halfway point crosses the border into Russia. It’s a quick ferry ride from the New Ferry Terminal, just south of the centre. Some running options on the Spit are below. Note: the main north-south road has no shoulder/sidewalk and isn’t safe for running.

Waterfront: From the ferry terminal in Smiltynė, there’s a nice waterfront road headed north for up to 7 km to the South Pier scenic spot, passing the Lithuanian Sea Museum. Great water views the whole way.

Wooded Paths: From the ferry terminal, head west on a path toward the beach. Then head south on a paved cycle path through the woods. It goes for many km…and can be monotonous!

Beach Running. A long, dune-swept beach runs along the Baltic Sea for nearly the entire length of the Spit. It can be good for running, though it is often windy!

 

Essentials
  • Waterfront route is up to 7 km (4.3 miles) one-way
  • Flat
  • Ferry terminal in Smiltynė
  • Take ferry from the New Ferry Terminal. Ferries run frequently, take a few minutes, and are cheap

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Essentials
  • Waterfront route is up to 7 km (4.3 miles) one-way
  • Flat
  • Ferry terminal in Smiltynė
  • Take ferry from the New Ferry Terminal. Ferries run frequently, take a few minutes, and are cheap