MINIJA VILLAGE

MINIJA VILLAGE

Minija (Minge) village because of its beautiful and unique landscape is also known as the Venice of Lithuania. This is the only one - street village, which main street is river. Exclusive and unique Lithuanian village is located in the Nemunas Delta regional park.

Minija village is located on the both sides of the Minija river. From the east and west sides, village is surrounded by wet meadows. Further in it‘s north-east side, there is a large bog, called Aukstumala and in it‘s south - west side - the Curonian Lagoon, the Gulf of Kniaupas and Vente are located. To the north of the Minija village, there are large Kintai fish ponds, and to the south you can find Minija‘s Delta, which is very swampy, mostly covered with black alder ligaments and reeds.

Minija‘s village fishermen have been fishing at the same fishy Curonian Lagoon areas for many centuries. These areas include: Kroku lanka, Minija, Karkle and most important Nemunas branches – Atmata, Skirvytė, Gilija. Most valuable fishes were migrating in these places: salmons, trouts and eels.

Nowadays, only three families permanently lives in the Minija village: Stasys Petrošius, Jurgis Gečas and Jonas Bulavinas families. These three families manage rural tourism. The first farmhouse was founded by Stasys Petrošius, and then the rest of the families joined them. As locals explain, it is quite calm in Minija at the late autumn and winter time, when you can rest and socialize with few neighbors. Every weekend day is planed and booked during the warm season in Minija village. Ordinary days are also booked by tourists from Lithuania and abroad in summer time. Mrs. Gečienė says that they live friendly with neighbors - if all rooms are booked, the guests are headed to the local neighborhood.

Mrs. Gečienė cooks traditional fish soup at her farmhouse, which you can taste in her terrace, sitting to a long tables. Mostly this soup is made for ship sailing guests, which are usualy in not such a small groups. Also sometimes ship captains prepare fish soup by themselves, teach how to make a traditional soup their passengers and serve it at Gečai farmhouse. Mrs. Gečienė claimes that she can make this soup by prior arrangement, if the group is not less than 20 people. Her husband Jurgis Gečas in their farmhouse is in charge of entertainment and water activities with ships. He has established his small private museum in his farmhouse, where visitors can find old traditional fishing tools. They are elected by the owner for many years and even now he is happy as a child when receives any ancient artifact related to fishing. Even Kintai museum staff is surprised by J. Gečo exhibits – all sorts of interesting things he is accumulating. The owner said that a lot of fishing tools he got as a present, he found it by himself, bought for cash or exchanged. Mr. Gečas happily shows, tells stories and shares various exhibits of antique fishing tools (floats collection, nets, eel traps, fish gauges, prewar life wheel, ice picks and a lot of others).

Coordinates: 55°21'36.7"N 21°17'03.3"E