Port of Klaipėda and Estonian university town Tartu in spotlight
In its new roundup of “10 hidden gems of Europe”, the travel publisher Lonely Planet lists Klaipėda, Lithuania’s port city once known as Memel, and Tartu in Estonia, once known as Dorpat. Klaipėda is described as a lively city with “German-style taverns dotted around the waterfront”. Visitors should take a table at the restaurant Memelis for “brimming platefuls of cheeses, olives and sausage, washed down with an array of beers”. They can then “explore the unspoiled sands of the Curonian Spit, which juts out into the Baltic Sea” taking “a lazy roadtrip to experience its forests, seafood and local folklore.”
As for Estonia, “travellers who make it to this beautiful Baltic country usually hang out in fairytale Tallinn or test the island spas, but vibrant university town Tartu is not to be missed.” There they can visit the Student Lock-Up, where misbehaving students were held in solitary confinement, and wander around the sculpture park of Toomemägi.
Other destinations on the list of ten include Burg Satzvey in Germany, Battle in England and La Coruña in Spain, but unfortunately none in the Nordic countries.
[pictured: Sand dunes in Nida, Curonian Spit; photo by A.Varanka; courtesy Lithuanian Tourism]