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Pervalka – a town in Neringa near the lagoon, which over a century ago became a cosy home for Curonians from sand-covered Nagliai, Agila, Pilkopė, Smiltynė and other villages. The town is almost unchanged, preserving not only the quiet flow of time, but also its authentic architecture in old and newly developed projects, such as "Marių Verandos".
Nagliai Nature Reserve and Grey Dunes – a unique natural wonder are located nearby, north of Pervalka. There is also a lighthouse, built at Žirgų ragas (Horse cape) in 1900, which sees off and greets the fishing boats of Pervalka.
It is believed that name Pervalka comes from village's history – new residents had to drag (pervilkti – lt) the village attacked by sand to a new location. Another version related to the origin of the village's name is that Pervalka originated from the word "pervalkas", meaning dry land between two waters through which boats were dragged. During the changing seasons, Neringa fishermen dragged their boats from the sea to the lagoon and back. The exact date of the village's establishment is not known, however, judging by Juodrantė Church book records, it may have been established between 1836 –1846. New residents were given small land plots (5,7 ares) in narrow rectangular shapes up to the Curonian Lagoon. This was the reason why all homes were built in a way so that the end of the building would face the lagoon. Wood for building homes was brought from the mainland: Kintai, Dreverna, etc., because Curonian Spit forests could not be used, as they were the main protector against the sand of shifting dunes.
* Information from the book "Traditional architecture of the Curonian Spit" was used in the description
Pervalkos g. 15, Neringa
55.414777, 21.097415 (WGS)