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Old castle in Trakai, Lithuania | © PROSIGN/Shutterstock
Old castle in Trakai, Lithuania | © PROSIGN/Shutterstock

Lithuania Has Never Been on Your Bucket List, Until Now

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Alex Jordan
Travel Editor
Updated: 26 September 2017

For some reason Lithuania is often overlooked as a holiday destination. But the Baltic country is a must-visit for 2018 and here’s why.

It has great neighbours

Lithuania borders four countries: Poland, Latvia, Belarus, and the Kaliningrad Oblast (an exclave of Russia), so you could easily combine your stay with a visit to any of these beautiful countries.

And a stunning coastline

Lithuania’s Baltic coastline only stretches 90 kilometres, but there’s plenty to see. Palanga resort to the north is full of energy, entertainment and nightlife, while the Curonian Spit dunes to the south are a UNESCO Heritage site.

Baltic coast of Lithuania | © krivinis/Shutterstock

Baltic coast of Lithuania | © krivinis/Shutterstock

It has some amazing music festivals

If you love live music, then you’ll love Lithuania. Granatos Live (chart) which has welcomed the likes of Bastille and Ellie Goulding, Bliuzo Naktys (blues) and Galapagai (rock) are three of the biggest and feature international line-ups. Catch your favourite bands in a unique setting.

The capital Vilnius is picture-perfect

Dating back to at least the early 14th century, Vilnius is an assemblage of architectural styles, mainly baroque, gothic and renaissance. Don’t leave without seeing the presidential palace, university campus and some of the many churches.

Snowy street in Vilnius, Lithuania | © Shevchenko Andrey/Shutterstock

Snowy street in Vilnius, Lithuania | © Shevchenko Andrey/Shutterstock

Lithuania is on the ‘Via Baltica’

The E67 or ‘Via Baltica’ is one of the world’s greatest roads and connects Prague in the Czech Republic to Helsinki in Finland, passing through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Each region has its own national park

There are five unofficial cultural regions in Lithuania: Aukštaitija, Samogitia, Dzūkija, Suvalkija, and Lithuania Minor, each with its own national park to explore. Labanoras Regional Park is the largest and home to over 300 pristine lakes.

Lake in Lithuania | © Vytautas Knyva/Shutterstock

Lake in Lithuania | © Vytautas Knyva/Shutterstock

 

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