Those who are travelling with children and want to familiarise with their ancestors’ traditions and spend time in nature should visit the Baltic Mythology Park, i.e. the recreation-discovery path. Looking from a bird’s eye, a park created several kilometres from Darbėnai reminds of the Tree of Life which is particularly important to the Baltic culture. While wandering along the paths of the well-maintained and very natural park, you will familiarise with the Baltic gods. The park has three parts revealing the structure of the pantheon of the Baltic gods, expresses the harmony of the human way of life and nature. There is an altar in the central part of the park in which you can get rid of bad thoughts, heart-wrenching things. Adults will learn a lot of things in the Park and children can have fund running along the forest paths, touch the sculptures or even deal with the mysterious labyrinth.
The Japanese Garden which constantly develops and promotes the exotic culture among Lithuanian people and is located near the Baltic culture park surprises with its beauty. It is unique: the only such garden in Lithuanian and the largest in Europe. A garden of several hectares was created and is still created by the master from Japan H. Watanabe and the Lithuanian doctor Š. Kasmauskas. It is beautiful here in all seasons: the Japanese terrain garden is fascinating even when it is covered with snow and in autumn colours and in spring when it is full of Sakura (Japanese cherry), magnolia and other blossoms. When you get tired of walking, you may enjoy the Japanese tea ceremony, take photos with kimonos or calmly meditate in the stone garden. It is a perfect place for all family:a place to be in peace, familiarise with different culture, enjoy the plants.
Life near the Japanese Garden buzzes in Darbėnai town. This town is famous not only for its interesting history but also for Vytautas the Great Park. The park is located near Melnyčia pond which is clear as a tear. You may safely bath, fish in it, warm up on the well-kept bank with resting areas, fireplaces and swings for children. A part of the park is an old pine wood n which the air is like air by the sea. Children will really like wooden swings and charming dwarf houses and, of course, children may get inside them.
You can reach Kalnalis from Darbėnai through Grūšlaukė village. There are Kalnalis observation tower and pedestrian walkway to Imbarė hillfort. Kalnalis observation tower is in the territory of Salantai Regional Park, Kretinga District, Kalnalis village. Although the observation tower is relatively not high, only at 15 metre height but a fascinating landscape panorama opens from it. There is a discovery pedestrian walkway near the tower and you may reach Imbarė hillfort which is nearby through this walkway. Children will amuse themselves before you reach it and when you climb the hillfort, you can admire the surrounding areas of Salantai.
If you want to feel like in Switzerland, you don’t have to travel there. The Lithuanian Switzerland, i.e. wonderful bends of the river Minija in which impressive outcrops have formed over many years, can be found in Kretinga district. One of the most beautiful outcrops is Dauginčiai outcrop. Its width is even 44 metres and height is 22 metres. The outcrops are breathtaking in all seasons of the year. For those who have knowledge about geology, the outcrop speaks in an even more interesting language. Dauginčiai outcrop is one of places to visit which may be found while walking around the discovery path of Šilpelkė forest. The length of the path is 1,5 kilometre and it meanders through Šilpelkė forest which has formed naturally. You can see Dauginčiai hillfort in the forest; thus, people have lived in the surrounding areas of the forest and discovery path already for a long time. More attentive people will see a beech grove or even bile included in the Red Book.
If after visiting so many wonderful natural wonders you have energy, it is worth visiting Kartena. It is impossible not to notice the impressive Kartena hillfort there. If we believed in legends, this hillfort was formed by stubborn Samogitians who fighted with the Swedish and Russian people. The name of Kartena originated on the same hill. Allegedly the king of Samogitians was standing on his fortress when even two enemy armies started to thrust into the castle. The Swedish argued with the Russian people about who should attack the castle first.The king of Samogitians who was watching the fight said: “look, warriors are there” (veiziekit, karė tena).Translation for non-Samogitians would be: look, a war is there. Those who climb the hillfort are rewarded with a wanderful landscape of the surrounding areas of Kartena. There is a nice discovery path from the hillfort through the forest.If you go along the path, you can see different plants, stones wrapped in legends and even a miraculous spring.