is a city in the Klaipėda County, Lithuania. It is the capital of the Kretinga
district municipality. It is located 12 km (7.5 mi) east of the
popular Baltic Sea resort town of Palanga, and about 25 km (16 mi)
north of Lithuania's 3rd largest city and principal seaport, Klaipėda.
The population was listed as 21,423 in the 2001
census. It is the 6th largest city in the ethnographic region of Samogitia and
the 18th largest city in Lithuania