Nida – Ventes ragas – Nida
Travel time – 5 hours.
I invite you to join me on a journey of breathtaking beauty and extraordinary tranquility on the yacht Lillan. What makes sailing from Nida to Cape Ventes so special? This trip is not only a rest for the soul from everyday life. You will have a unique opportunity to see the beautiful landscape of the area, learn about the history of Vente, observe the various bird species at the ornithological station and enjoy a delicious lunch at the on-site restaurant. However, this trip is only possible at relatively high water levels. We will take care of a safe and exciting trip for you, and you will only have to relax and enjoy the magnificent Lithuanian nature.
We will start our journey in Nida, famous for its authentic architecture and sand dunes. The Baltic Sea, the Curonian Lagoon, sparkling white sandy beaches and evergreen pine forests – that’s what enchants every visitor to this special place.
After 14 kilometers we reach the village of Cape Vente. The history of this area is very interesting. At the tip of the peninsula, the Crusaders built the church and castle of Winderburg in the 14th century. The church was twice destroyed by storms, and the castle was destroyed by huge waves of the Curonian Spit. The stones of this castle were used to build a new church, but storms continued to ruthlessly destroy the tip of Cape Ventes. Around 1700, even the newly built church was destroyed – it also could not withstand the elements. In 1705, the ruins of the church were moved to Kintai and used to build the Kintai Church. For more than 300 years, the Kintai Church has not changed much and has even been declared an architectural monument in Lithuania.
In the past, Vente was marked on many maps as a place of great danger. Why? Because along Cape Vente there is a dangerous rocky shoal. For safety reasons, a lighthouse was built here in the 19th century, which has been safely delivering ships to shore for almost 200 years. This is one of the oldest lighthouses in Lithuania, located about 30 meters from the Curonian Lagoon. The lighthouse is of great architectural and historical value and is therefore included in the Register of Immovable Cultural Assets of the Republic of Lithuania. You can not only admire this impressive lighthouse in the open air, but also climb up to the observation deck on top of the lighthouse, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape of the Curonian Lagoon. From the top of the lighthouse you can also see Preila, the panorama of Nida and the majestic sand dunes.
In Venta Ragas there is a museum of the Tadas Ivanauskas ornithological station, where you can get acquainted with the nature of the region, the most common animals and thousands of bird species.
Opening hours of the museum in Cape Vent:
I – 11:00 – 16:00,
II-V – 10:00 – 17:00,
VI-VII – 10:00 – 18:00
In fact, the first to discover this place was Mikas Posingis, who worked as a lighthouse keeper. He was the first lighthouse keeper who proposed to T. Ivanauskas to set up a bird ringing station here.
There is no other place like it in Lithuania, and you will never see what you see here in other places! After visiting the museum, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant serving wonderful dishes.
The sailing from Nida to Cape Vente will take about 5 hours. 3 hours round trip and 2 hours ashore. During the trip, you will not only relax and see the unprecedented beauty of Lithuania, but also get a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the region. We will be traveling on the exquisite yacht Lillan, which can comfortably accommodate a group of 8 people, so you can take this trip with your best friends or family. We guarantee that you will have pleasant memories of this trip for a lifetime, but do not forget your camera, because during the trip you will want to capture a lot of things in pictures!
The Nemunas Delta Regional Park is one of the most important areas for waterfowl in Europe. In spring and autumn, large flocks of various species of migratory water birds gather in the bay of the Curonian Lagoon near the observation deck.
The price for one boat is 190 euros.
The price for 1 passenger is 55 euros.
Each passenger is treated to exotic Indian delicacies hand-cooked by the monks.