The principal settlement on the Lithuanian half of the Unesco-protected Curonian Spit, the small fishing village of Nida (or Nidden as it was and still is known as to German speakers) some 50km south of Klaipėda on the edge of Curonian Lagoon is worthy of at least a day trip if not considerably more. The celebrated home for two summers of the Nobel-winning author Thomas Mann, Nida’s affluent feel and Germanic appearance are so unlike the rest of Lithuania that visiting as part of a bigger trip to the country is like taking a holiday within a holiday. With well under 2,000 permanent residents, the population balloons during the short tourist season, but, unlike its clamorous brother Palanga in the north attracts a quieter crowd looking for a more leisurely pace of life. The perfect springboard for countless adventures further afield on the spit, Nida offers a superb experience and is an essential part of any trip along the Baltic coastline. Here’s what you need to know.