We look forward to summer
We start counting down the days after Christmas. In summer, we go on canoe trips, try to master power kites or hop into a saddle for horseback riding, or count the stars while sitting by a campfire. In summer, we listen to blues on the shores of lakes. At the foot of mounds, we learn to forge iron, hollow wood to build boats and make magic drinks that gave our ancestors the strength to create this great country of Lithuania. Our summers have the smell of childhood, mist rising from the meadows, fresh milk, sand castles and translucent pieces of amber found on the beach early in the morning. They sound like the songs of migrating birds and crickets in wild meadows, and silence. Wrap your arms around it. Get closer to yourself, to the things that are real.
Our summers are short. That’s why we rush to feel them, enjoy them and experience them, and to sing and run our hearts out. We don’t sleep much, drowning ourselves in Culture Night and listening to music in blossoming botanical gardens, old monasteries and industrial regions. During the summertime, events move to the shore – we wave to the ships that have raised their sails and envelope ourselves in the frenzy of the Sea Festival and the rhythm of contemporary music on the beaches. Car and motorcycle racing, running paths in the Lithuania’s green forests, yacht and kiteboard competitions in the Curonian Lagoon, and knight tournaments at hill forts – every weekend in summer is dedicated to making exciting memories. So that we have something to keep us warm in the winter.
Sometimes it seems like Lithuania is one big forest with many places for nature outings. Covered with fragrant pine forests, embellished with ancient centuries-old oaks, and enticing with its white-barked birches and mysterious fir groves. Having even made their way into the centre of town, forests invite you to get away from it all, even if it’s just for the evening or the weekend. The wonderful views that open up at the campsites and forest areas, the vast meadows, or the foot of a hill fort will take your breath away – you’ll want to check to make sure you’re not dreaming. And if you’re not dreaming, why don’t you stick around for a bit? There are so many places for picnic in Lithuania! If the rules of the forest or the national or regional park permit, you can set up camp here or just spend half the day having a picnic on the grass. Good weather, great company, tasty snacks, the smoke of the bonfire, and a beautiful place. That’s everything you need for a perfect outing. And one thing is for sure: Lithuania has no shortage of beautiful places. Protect our environment – every plant, berry stalk, shrub, tree, and piece of moss is part of nature’s miracle. Pick a region, find information on tourist or visitor information centre websites, and go!
A little more warmth in winter, and a lot more fun in summer. This is what awaits at water parks, where adults are as welcome as children. There are even special sauna facilities for adults in Druskininkai, where people who enjoy bathing in the buff will feel at home. If you come to Vilnius for a short holiday, you won’t have to go far to find water amusements – they are just a 15-minute drive from the centre. In Trakai, you can also enjoy several lakes and pool water as well. And if you’re at the shore on a cold day, be sure to visit the park there, which is the ultimate holiday. But if it’s summer and you decide you want to be outside, look for an inflatable water park. Just beware: you might have a hard time getting the kids to leave.
Summer has its own flavour. “Discover it in the open air,” suggest the organisers of Open Kitchen, which is basically one big urban picnic.
It takes place at Tymas Market Place in the very centre of Vilnius every Friday, while Kaunas picnics on Thursdays at Nemunas Island. The atmosphere at both locations is as amazing as the food.
You can’t change the meeting place – as soon as the weather gets warm, kiteboarders flock to their Mecca in Svencelė, a remote corner of the Curonian Lagoon. There are enthusiasts who spend their entire summer here. A real community of kiteboarding fans has formed in the sea containers that are equipped as houses.
Once they learn to kiteboard, enthusiasts spread out across the entire coast of Lithuania – you can see their colourful kites in Nida, Juodkrantė, Palanga and Šventoji.
You have no idea how much we look forward to summer! Lithuanians love water recreation. The days when we can jump over the waves in the refreshing Baltic Sea. And the nights in the warm blanket of the lake, still as a mirror, reflecting the stars. The white sandy beaches of the Curonian Spit, Klaipėda, Palanga and Šventoji, and the shores of Lithuania’s beautiful lakes and rivers, welcome visitors from the very first days of summer right up until autumn. There is a memorable place for everyone – on a lifeguarded beach at the shore, at a luxurious hotel or rural homestead, or in a tent on the shore of a lake.
Travelling by bike is a great way to get to know the most beautiful corners of Lithuania up close. Choose from a wide range of cycling routes and start your journey. For example, you can ride through the streets of the old towns of Vilnius and Kaunas, you can cover a cycling route of more than 100 km along the Lithuanian seaside, or you can bike around Lake Plateliai in Samogitia.
Nature has given us natural riches that we have long relied upon to deal with a variety of health challenges or simply to regain our strength. There are many health resorts, spa and therapy centers in Lithuania that offer the best for your health and well-being. The effect of mineral water, herb or mud treatments inspired by deep traditions and applied with a professional approach is undoubted. All you have to do is choose the most appropriate natural remedy for you.
Lithuania offers a wide range of active recreation. Start your holiday here! Flights over the most beautiful places in Lithuania, marathons and half marathons, kiteboarding in the Curonian Lagoon, yacht racing, jumping from the highest bridges, dinner in the sky, night hikes through swamps, bike trips to hill forts, walking trails and unexpected encounters in the countryside. You don’t have to bring your own bike, boat or hot air balloon. We have everything here.
Up to 500 Lithuanian short-term accommodation providers have joined forces with the Ministry of Economy and Innovation & Lithuania Travel, the national tourism development agency, for a new tourism campaign: tourists who stay in the country for three nights or more will get one night free of charge. 10,000 registered independent travelers will receive a complimentary night at an accommodation provider not exceeding €65 to tour the country for one more day.
During the past several years, the desire for privacy and high-quality rest have inspired many rediscover nature and places that help leave all daily worries behind, tune back in to slower natural rhythms, and enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet. Glamping spots – sometimes called forest hotels – have been making strides both in Lithuania and abroad. Offering privacy and unique forms of accommodation and entertainment, it didn’t take long for these places to find their way into the hearts of travellers from around the world. Lithuania Travel introduces its new map of one-of-a-kind glampings, including tree houses, overwater bungalows, hobbit huts, and a variety of forest dwellings suitable not only for recreation, but also for boosting work productivity at all times of the year.
Honey, wine, and mountain ice. Such were the ingredients of the first ice cream served at the table of Roman emperors. Meanwhile, the European history of dairy-based ice cream - the kind that we’re used to - dates back to the 17th century. Soon afterwards, ice cream became popular in Lithuania. 18th-century cookbooks describe the intricate process of making fruit ice cream from cherries, currants, strawberries, raspberries, and sea buckthorn. They also feature recipes for ice cream cake!
Running low on vitamins is a real bummer, but in Lithuania, you don’t need to wait till summer! And everything you need is right on your doorstep. In a country, where forests and meadows are never more than thirty minutes from your door, a walk in the woods will deliver an ample harvest of such vitamin rich treats as sorrel (spinach’s distant cousin), and nettle (yes, you can eat it and yes, it’s tasty). And if all that foraging in the crisp spring air has built up a thirst, all you need to do is tap a birch tree to get a cupful of sweet birch sap nectar.
Hunger for travel has never been as big as it is right now. Between conference calls and home chaos, the mind tends to wander far and wide. This time, we invite you to travel virtually to the Nordic paradise called Lithuania. How may you ask? By choosing a virtual background, handpicked to show you spectacular Lithuanian tourism attractions. They showcase 7 unique Lithuanian colours, those which you never knew existed! Striking yellow, deep green, modern grey, vibrant red, delicious pink, eye-catching brown and real black.