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So much to offer

A holiday to Lithuania, locally known as Lietuva, may not have been top of your list but this

little country has so much to offer. With stunning countryside scenery and jaw dropping urban

architecture this country really is a little gem.

Lithuania boasts cheap rail fares compared to the rest of Europe, so travelling within the country

can be done on the tightest of budgets. Go to Trakai for a day; the former capital of Lithuania is

a sight to be seen, nesting safely among some 30 lakes. Check out the magnificent little island

castle on Lake Galve; by day a museum of Lithuanian history, by night a beautiful setting for

festivals and theatre productions. One must-see rural sight on a Lithuania holiday is the Curonian Spit, in the aptly named Curonian Spit National Park; a popular summer destination for tourists and locals alike. For somewhere slightly quieter head to the Nemunas Delta on the East side of the Curonian Lagoon on your holidays in Lithuania. Vilnius is Lithuania’s capital and home to one of UNESCO’s largest world heritage sights, the Vilnius Old Town; a patchwork of crooked little houses, grand Churches and cobbled streets. And don’t miss St. Anne’s Church, or St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, they are masterpieces.

Travel by River

Use the some of the 20 rivers to travel around your holiday in Lithuania; they are an excellent way to explore the small villages. Take a guided river cruise or go it alone by hiring a small boat

or kayak. Horse riding is also very popular, as well as windsurfing, cycling and trekking. Many of these sports can be enjoyed in and around the Curonian Lagoon and while you’re there keep your

eye out for the exceptionally large number of Grey Herons and Cormorants that nest in the area.

Rent a bike or trek the easy route between Nida and Smiltyné on opposite sides of the lagoon. Temperatures in Lithuania average low to mid twenties in June and July, with December and January getting well into minus figures. For a winter getaway in Lithuania go in November or February, unless you have some very good quality winter wear. A celebration known as All Souls Day is held every year on November 1st, offering an ideal opportunity to spend some of those Lithuanian Litas on some top quality beer.