Klaipėda, Lithuania’s third-largest city and most important port, lies on the Baltic coast. Though it has a handful of sights, the city is of more interest as a staging post en route to the Curonian Spit, or to the party town of Palanga.

The tourist office in the Old Town has internet access, rents bikes and stocks the excellent Klaipėda in Your Pocket . The old ferry terminal at Pilies 4 – which you’ll want instead of the new ferry terminal at Nemuno 8 if you don’t have a car – has regular departures to Smiltynė, the gateway to the Curonian Spit.