Here at Adeo Web we have a tradition to have a seasonal trip as a whole team each summer. Over the years we have visited some peculiar places – from mysterious Minsk to cloudy mountains of Zakopane. This year we have decided to visit one of the most gorgeous parts of Lithuania – the Curonian Spit (Kuršių Nerija). It’s a 98 km long sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Due to a surprisingly busy summer and other events, the seasonal trip was postponed all the way to autumn. Not a problem though – driving through forests that are in the process of turning to all the colors of autumn is an experience very well worth waiting for.
So on Friday we packed our stuff and after finishing up all the work headed out toward the coast. After just a few hours of driving, we’ve reached our destination. All of the crew arrived practically at the same time, which serves as a testament to just how in-sync the team really is.
The town we picked is called Dreverna and is the top destination for all kite-surfers in the region.
As such, there are some excellent places of accommodation ready for weary travelers like us. After some fine dinner in a local restaurant, we had a traditional evening with tabletop games and late night talks.
One of the planned activities for Saturday was kite-surfing training. Unfortunately, the weather has proven to be too demanding and cold even for the most experienced kite-surfers, who recommend us to skip the activity this weekend and come back when there are more than 10 degrees outside. Instead, we had the breakfast of champions and hopped on a boat! Our inner explorers took over as Adeo Web team left the only Lithuanian seaport Klaipėda and sailed off towards Juodkrantė.
A sailor’s way is not easy, so after arriving to our destination we made sure to grab some coffee and cake. Here we met our tour guide – an exceptionally eloquent and expert on the history of the Curonian Spit – Raimonda. From the very first moments, she managed to grab our attention and has shown us an unseen side of Juodkrantė.
After a historical introduction to the history of the region – this part of Lithuania has very strong German origins – we set off on a tour around the UNESCO-awarded resort. Due to this, the town is filled with gorgeous villas, each of which has a rich history.
Juodkrantė is also well known for the Raganų Kalnas (Mountain of Witches) or Ievos kalnas (Mountain of Eve) – a place filled with various sculptures and monuments created by non-professional craftsmen and authors from around Lithuania. Each of the sculptures has an interesting history and a deep philosophical idea behind its creation.
After the tour, our hunger got the best of us and we’ve headed to a place very well-known for its potato pancakes – a traditional Lithuanian dish. There was a twist, though. The portions were so massive, that our dinner (that was planned in a few hours) had to be cancelled altogether. However, another late night with tabletop games (hit us up for a recommendation!), conversations and some quality time together as a team was all that we needed.
The next morning caught us with a huge non-stop downpour, so there were no souls brave enough for another hike. We’ve had another lovely breakfast with some amazing views and headed off towards Kaunas. Even though this Adeo Web seasonal trip didn’t have mountains or tanks like the previous ones, each time we travel together is unique and makes our team stronger than ever before.
Stay tuned for more adventures from Adeo Web!