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Curonian Spit

Nida, Lithuania

Human habitation of this elongated sand dune peninsula, 98 km long and 0.4-4 km wide, dates back to prehistoric times. Throughout this period it has been threatened by the natural forces of wind and waves. Its survival to the present day has been made possible only as a result of ceaseless human efforts to combat the erosion of the Spit, dramatically illustrated by continuing stabilisation and reforestation projects. Curonian Spit, also known as the Curonian Lagoon, is a coastal region in the north of Lithuania and southwest of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The region was once home to a unique culture known as the Cures. The Curonian Spit is one of the most man-made landscapes in Europe.

The Curonian Spit is a rare example of a cultural landscape that developed over several centuries. Since the 13th century, the shore landscape has been shaped and cultivated by the Cures. They formed an extensive system of marshes, dunes, forests and salt marshes that provided access to the sea and fishing areas.

Today, the Curonian Spit is a popular tourist destination known for its unique nature and rich culture. The Curonians have their own language, called the Curonian, and their own culture, which is expressed in their art, literature and music. Many tourists visit the Curonian Spit to experience the unique nature and culture and to see the historical sights. Some of the most popular attractions are the fishermen's huts, the dunes, the Curonian Gate and the sandy beaches.

The Curonian Spit is a beautiful region with a unique cultural heritage. It is a place full of history and wonder where you can experience many interesting things. It is a place worth visiting.