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Introduction

Palanga is a seaside resort town along the westcoast of Lithuania and the busiest one in the country. The town itself has about 18,000 inhabitants, but swells during the short summer.

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Getting There

By Plane

Palanga International Airport (PLQ) offers flights to Riga, Oslo and Copenhagen, but suprisingly enough no domestic services.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Palanga is a rather small city, so it is easy to get around by foot. The main place for tourists to walk - is Palanga botanical park. It's big and calm, full of pines, firs and most importantly fresh air. It has few pathes leading straight to the beach and sea. Also, by foot, it is an only way to explore the beach of Palanaga. It is famous for it's great quality of sand, so lots of people, especialy young couples and lovers, love to walk along the sea bare foot, letting the waves to touch their feet.

By Bike

Bike is a great mean of transport in the resort of Palanga. During the summer there are a lot of bike rentals. By bike you can explore the city, reach the end of the famous Palanga bridge and Birute hill with a misterious chapel on it. Also there is a great Seaside Cycle Route by which you can reach even the Curonian Spit near Nida which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Guest House IlladaSmilciu 40, Palangahotel-
Hotel AustejaSmilčių g. 31hotel-
Hotel Du Broliaistr.Vytauto 160hotel80
Hotel MeduzaKontininku Str. 9hotel-
Hotel Po KastonuMaironio 34hotel-
Hotel VyturysS.Dariaus and S.Girėno Str. 20hotel-
Hotel ŽilvinasKęstučio str. 26hotel-
Palangos vetraDaukanto str. 35hotel-
Sraige2 Sviesos gatve,apartment-
Vila VeronaJanonio str. 9Hotel-
Alanga HotelS. Neries 14Hotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

For those who need to connect at an Internet cafes, major cities do have internet cafes. If you're bringing a laptop or smartphone, Wireless LAN Hot-Spots are available in distinct places (mostly "Zebra" from - TEO), sometimes free, otherwise not very cheap. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls, universities, various places. You can ask in your hotel, but don't count on wifi being free all the time, especially at more upscale places.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Lithuania's international phone code is 370. Emergency numbers include 101 (fire), 102 (police) and 103 (ambulance), but you can connect to all of them by calling 112, the general emergency number.

There is a monopoly operator for land line phones by TEO. Land line phones are easy to find throughout the country. Phones are used with cards, which you can find in kiosks, "TEO" or newspaper stands.

There are three major mobile phone operators in Lithuania: Omnitel, BITE and TELE 2. About 97% of the country's surface is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network. If you bring your own cell phone, make sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs especially for internet. Instead, buy a local SIM card, which is much cheaper.

Post

Lietuvos Paštas is the national postal service of Lithuania. Postal services are generally not very fast, but fairly reliable. That is, most of the postcards and letters will eventually arrive on the foreign adress, albeit after some days or even weeks. If you want it to be sent the fastest possible, go for courier instead of ordinary (domestic post) or for airmail instead of surface (international mail).
Post offices are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm on Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays, although these opening hours may vary depending on the office, with big central offices keeping longer hours, while small villages might have shorter opening times. Stamped mail (both national and international) can be dropped in the yellow post boxes for collection. Stamps are available at post offices and kiosks.
To send parcels to other countries, you might better use international courier companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx.

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