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Health Tourism Guide
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Kretinga
Kretinga is one of the oldest settlements in Lithuania, first noted in historical documents in 1253. Occasionally, it is called the “Franciscan capital” because it has five functioning monasteries.. One of the most interesting places in Kretinga is the Kretinga museum, established in the former palace of Count Tiškevičiai. Inside, an arboretum boasts over 580 species of plants. The palace is surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in Samogitia. It occupies an area of 23 hectors; here visitors can find an astronomic calendar with a sundial and 13 sculptures from oak, stone and metal, reflecting ancient culture traditions of the Balts. The nearby watermill, restored in 2011, is adapted for the Kretinga museum ethnographic collection. The district of Kretinga is famous for nearly 750 diverse cultural heritage objects and for its unique landscape. Former manors and manor houses, legendary and mythological sites, bridges, windmills, memorial monuments, and unique homesteads attract visitors. The rivers of Minija, Salantas, Akmena, and Šventoji cross through the district. Visitors will also enjoy Kašučių Lake, Lazdininkų pond and 30 smaller ponds in the area. Waters are suitable for active recreation; guests can canoe, fish, and enjoy the beaches and camping sites. In Salantai Regional Park, visitors can explore walking and cycling paths. Boulders, found over the entire Akmena river basin, are yet another natural treasure of the Kretinga district. Only in Kretinga district, in Gargždelė, you have an opportunity to visit an open-air museum of sacramental and mystical art, established by Kazimieras Vilius Orvidas, a talented folk artist and sculptor. Europe’s largest Japanese garden is interesting for guests. Experienced gliders are invited to fly over the district for a bird’s eye view. Recreation lovers can watch motoball games, enjoy horse- back riding, drive go- karts, try their strength in paintball courts, shoot arrows on archery fields, and compete in adventure routes in Samogitian forests.
Information about the city

Tourists who visit this city are interested in museums, parks, and local culture. Visitors enjoy sightseeing tours to Pastaunikas Park, Winter Garden, and Kretinga Museum. Winter Garden is open and green all year round and attracts visitors with exotic plants and beauty of nature. It is located right next to Kretinga Manor which invites guests to wander among statues, ponds, old oaks and tree alleys

Other sites that are slowly gaining interest include Salantai Regional Park, Lake Kasučiai, and the meanders of river Minija. The proximity of the city to the sea plays a significant natural role in fostering the wellness of the tourists. Psychologists argue that a peaceful, quiet and relaxing atmosphere, as the one offered by the sea, relieves stress from the body.

Interesting facts and some useful information
NATURAL RESOURCES

Kretinga is dominated by natural resources ranging from rivers to mineral resources such as peat, geothermal water, and oil. Sventoji and Samogitian rivers provide serene environments for aquatic tourist. Vaineikiai forests together with Salantai Regional Park are most preferred by tourists who have a heart for adventure. Kasucial Lake, the only natural expansive water body in the city also attracts a significant number of tourists.

LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY

Kretinga city is strategically positioned making it possible to use road and railway forms of transport in this district. The city has a dense road and railway that enables the tourists to reach various sites of interest with a limited time and in a convenient manner. For instance, by road, one can be in a position to visit Skuodas, Gargždai. Liepaja, and Palanga. Most of the tourists who visit this area reach Vilnius and Lithuanian port by railway.

EVENTS

Boat riding is common among tourists who visit Samogitian River, lake and artificial dams in the region. Events and festivals are valued in Kretinga. Some of the notable events in this city include The Kaukutis, The Manorial Festival, and the Shrove Tuesday. In this city, tourists also engage in shopping activities related to the purchase of traditional craft products and food.

Map of Treatment centers, Clinics and Health SPA Hotels
Kretinga Tourism Information Centre

We provide accurate information about city’s attractions, events, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, hotels, transportation and much more. Please contact us if you have any questions about Health tourism in Kretinga.

Address Vilniaus st. 2B, Kretinga LT97125
Phone Number +370 445 73102
Email daiva.reinike@kretingosturizmas.info; rita.berzanskiene@kretingosturizmas.info