Most people start their acquaintance with Kretinga from probably the most famous object in the region, namely, Winter Garden established near the palace of Earls Tiškevičius. This heaven of fresh air, light and exotic plants delights visitors in winter and summer. You can see how bananas and figs ripen in the vicinity, see about 5 thousand plants which are beautiful throughout the year in Kretinga Winter Garden. Children are particularly intersted in the European pond turtles, the speaking parrot in the Winter Garden. The restaurant in Kretinga Winter Garden invites to taste the Roman snails farmed in the garden.
The Japanese Garden is a real evidence that land may be a heaven. The Japanese Garden is an integral part of the Japanese culture. It combines religion, art and respectful attitude towards nature. As our roots (as Lithuanian people) are pagan, it is not difficult to understand the Japanese love and respect to all elements of nature. The traditional religion of Japan people is Shinto (in Lithuanian, “road of Gods”). It is a pagan religion the object of worship of which is kami (nature) ad its objects: trees, mountains, stones, springs. A 16 ha Japanese style garden in Mažučiai village is created by the Japanese master Hajime Watanabe and doctor Šarūnas Kasmauskas. You will definitely see Beauty and Harmony in the garden.
It is said that when you know your roots, you can better know the world. You can perfectly familiarise with your past (roots) in the complex of archeological monuments of Senoji Įpiltis. The main hillfort in Senoji Įpiltis called the Castle Hull is one of the most beautiful and impressive hillforts in Kretinga district. The hillfort is distinctive due to its structure; it reminds of a bowel due to the embankment surrounding in circle. The hillfort was formed by the Curonians who built a wooden castle on the hillfort. One of them stood at the river Šventoji, on the hillfort called Soldiers’ hill or Margininkai hillfort. The other castle was built at the confluence of the rivers Graistupis and Įpiltis in the hill which today is called Mary hill (Marija kalnelis). The latter hillfort is called so because earlier there was a large aspen on the hillfort and on so-called holy days at noon people would see a women dressed in white under the aspen. After some time it would disappear. It was believed that it was revelation of the Virgin Mary; thus, named the hill after her. A visit to the complex and sincere exploration of the complex would last all day. A tour to Senoji Įpiltis may be rich and interesting; if you visit it, you will be surprised by its beauty!