Palanga In Your Pocket

Lithuania’s favourite bucket-and-spade, kiss-me-quick destination, the country’s candyfloss capital of Palanga has over the years been of major strategic importance, no importance whatsoever, part of Latvia, and up until the middle of the 19th century and subsequent invention of the seaside holiday a small fishing village. First mentioned in 1161, contemporary Palanga functions as a year-round health resort but is celebrated more for what happens during the short summer season between June and September when the population explodes and the party never ends. Famed for its glorious sandy beaches, Palanga also offers one or two intriguing cultural diversions for those looking for something a little more highbrow than gulping down pints of lager and cavorting after teenage girls in miniskirts.