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Varėna’s rivers and lakesides, chock-full of delicious blueberries, are a true paradise for outdoorsy types. Varėna is perfect for bathing, swimming, and picking berries or mushrooms, for this is Dzūkija, after all – famous not only for its 144 lakes, but also for its edible natural riches.
Varėna’s rivers and lakesides, chock-full of delicious blueberries, are a true paradise for outdoorsy types. You can get to the beach of Lake Žiežulis by walking a lovely educational trail, while others can be accessed by sandy forest paths or by taking the wide road that leads to one of the many well-kept rural cabins. Varėna is perfect for bathing, swimming, and picking berries or mushrooms, for this is Dzūkija, after all – famous not only for its 144 lakes, but also for its edible natural riches. The beach of Lake Žiežulis, tucked away in Varėna’s ancient woods, is accessed by a charming 1.6 km nature trail. At its terminus you’ll find a stretch of fluffy sand with a bridge, a wooden “leaf” designed for sunbathing, multiple changing rooms, benches, and gazebos with outdoor furniture. If you’re curious, you can also take a small detour to marvel at the famous Ūla spring.

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