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.
It's time for a family travel! Places where you can play, discover, learn and experience. Little discoverers are just waiting for adults to take them by the hand and show them a world full of interesting things.
The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries whose citizens or persons legally residing in them may enter Lithuania. Foreign nationals arriving from the countries with the incidence rate above 16 are required to stay in isolation for 14 days, while isolation and testing for the coronavirus infection are mandatory to those arriving from the third countries included in the list of the affected countries. Lithuanian citizens returning from countries where the incidence rate exceeds 16 are required to stay in isolation for 14 days.
Honey, wine, and mountain ice. Such were the ingredients of the first ice cream served at the table of Roman emperors. Dairy-based ice cream that we are used to date back to the 17th century, according to the European ice cream association Euroglaces. Today, Lithuanians can claim to be the world's biggest fans of ice cream. They eat an average of 7 litres per year or about one and a half servings per week. With this variety of flavours, it's a surprise they don't eat even more!
Historically a forest country, Lithuania has much to offer travellers looking for sustainable outdoor adventure. Under-the-radar wonders of nature draw into new experiences. Visitors may try herb picking, dragonfly watching or forest bathing.
The dunes of the Curonian Spit, the Hill of Crosses, Trakai Castle on its lake island, Vilnius Old Town and Palanga bridge during sunset. These iconic spots in Lithuania provide perfect images for your posts. But if you are looking to generate more likes, why not set your sights on something more unique. Follow the recommendations of tourism information centers and the national tourism development agency Lithuania Travel and dive deeper into some of the treasures this instagrammable country has to offer.
Lithuania has lain out the pink carpet to welcome foodies back to Lithuania. Our first ever taste map gives gourmets the chance to experience the many varieties and hues of šaltibarščiai. …Instagram-worthy…It looks like summer. It tastes like summer. And it shares the crown with cepelinai as the most popular Lithuanian dishes… A little sweet, a little sour, a little salty - call it Lithuanian umami flavour …the most aesthetic cold soup in the world …unpronounceable Journalists and Influencers alike have lots to say when it comes to Lithuania’s signature soup. And for those who’ve already tasted the traditional version, why not try cold soup with boiled crawfish tails, or with raspberry beer, or with cucumber ice-cream? Dating back to the 17th century, this cold beet root soup is very much a seasonal dish and is made from healthy local products – beetroot, fresh cucumber, green herbs, boiled eggs and kefir. And despite its luminous pink color, you’ll find that all the soup’s ingredients are completely natural. Truly local, seasonal, and brimming with authentic flavors – these are the defining characteristics of Lithuanian cuisine, be it modern or traditional. So why not start your Šaltibarščiai journey today!