Route: Rucava – Liepāja – Grobiņa – Jūrkalne – Alsunga – Kuldīga – Ventspils – Talsi – Valdemārpils – Sabile – Saldus – Embūte – Mosėdis – Plateliai – Kretinga – Klaipėda – Palanga – Rucava
In ancient times, Couronians lived on the coast of the Baltic Sea. At that time, the sea and rivers were an important waterway that in uenced their way of life and interaction with neighbouring nations. You will find out about this by taking the circular Couronian Route Segment.
Peaceful deals were made during trading. Merchants from faraway lands were tempted to visit the shores of the Baltic Sea looking for the northern gold – amber. To nd out more about amber, visit the Palanga Amber Museum and the Liepāja Crafts House. Ancient Couronian boats, the barges, are exhibited in the exposition of the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Smiltynė, while the Active Tourism Centre “Couronian Viking settlement” invites for a boat ride.
There are various legends and tales around the Couronian hillforts of Veckuldīga, Talsi, Mežīte, Sabile, Embūte, Apuolė, Ekete and others. Findings of archaeological excavations are displayed at the museums in Liepāja, Ventspils, Talsi and Kretinga. A large number of Couronian burials and graves were discovered at the Aukštakiemiai Cemetery and Lake Vilkmuiža.
The food was simple at that time. You can enjoy ancient Couronian dishes in the Ethnographic House “Zvanītāji”, the Bakery “Bērziņi” in Jūrkalne and in the tavern “Spēlmaņu krogs” in Alsunga.
The importance of Balts’ mythology and sacred places will be revealed by the Great Stone and the sacri cial site at Šilalė, the Giant Krauju Boulder, the Idol Linden of Valdemārpils and the Ulmale-Piņņi Bullaun. Various stones and boulders can be viewed at the Vaclovas Intas Museum in Mosėdis. Legends tell that the ruler of Lake Plateliai, a queen riding on a white horse, had an unusual power. Look for the world of myths and fairy tales also in Lithuanian Fairytale Park and Sausdravai Baltic Mythological Park. On the route, take a look at the Dunika Bog Trail, the horse and wild ox pasture in Pape Nature Park, visit Māra’s Chambers, Birutė’s Hill in Palanga and other places.