The history of the Curonian Peninsula, that is washed by the waves of the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, dates to the times when there still lived giants. A legend has it that the Curonian Spit was formed by a good-natured giantess Neringa, who poured sand from her apron in order to create a haven for local fishermen from the raging sea monsters. For centuries, this legend has inspired the local people who live, work and create and who are characterized as having a staunch character, and are known for their reliability and hospitality. For many centuries, this land has been attracting travelers and artists from all over the world. The legend of Neringa with the Neringa’s scenery and unique traditions inspire painters, photographers and writers.
The exceptionally clean Neringa’s beaches of white sand of are recognized internationally, and since 2002, every consecutive year they have been awarded the Blue Flag. It is a sign that the beach meets the highest environmental and service quality standards. One of the most influential tourism publications, “The Lonely Planet”, has included the beaches of the Curonian Spit in Europe’s Top Ten Beaches 2015. In 2014, the Curonian Spit was awarded the Quality Coast Certificate and in the same year it was listed as one of the 100 World’s Sustainable Tourism Destinations.