With fairy-tale castles, sparkling lakes and luscious jungles, Lithuania is a cut above the rest when it comes to ethereal natural beauty. This Baltic country in northern Europe is bordered by Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east, Poland to the southwest, and Russia's enclave and the Kaliningrad Oblast, to the west. Lithuania is a mesmerizing combination of the old and the new, with historical wonders dotted in every corner but at the same time keeping up with the times and exhibiting rapid development and progression.
Situated at the confluence of Neris and Vilnia rivers lie the dynamic capital - Vilnius. In 2009, the metropolis held the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2009. Do explore the Old Town - which offers a glimpse of the city in the bygone era. Some of the other attractions include: the Cathedral of Vilnius, the monument - Three Crosses, Gediminas Tower, Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius TV Tower and the Frank Zappa statue.
Beach-a-holics! Don't forget to hit the famous seaside retreat at the Baltic Sea - Palanga. During sunset, do visit the Palanga Pier. Basanavicius Street is one of the top attractions of the resort town. It is the entertainment hub with a plethora of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, funfairs and souvenir shops dotted around. Lounge around in the soft-sand of the beach and take a long stroll as it expands in numerous kilometers either direction from the pier. Spend some time at the Botanical Garden and also view the Amber Museum.
Those who love adventure sports ought to visit the village of Nida. It is fringed by vast stretches of pristine white sand and partake in sailing, windsurfing, paragliding and kiting. Hikers can hike in the Curonian Spit National Park. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the peninsula divides the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, where visitors can catch a glimpse of huge sand dunes and numerous pine woods.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for Baltic amber which can be bought in a plethora of forms, particularly jewellery. Other items to be purchased are linen goods, clay pots and local crafts. As for cuisine, do indulge in a plethora of local delicacies such as Skilandis (smoked meat), Salti barsciai (cold soup), Vedarai (potato sausage) and bulviniai blynai (potato pancakes).
Lithuania is home to a plethora of stay options such as the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and budget accommodations offering a cheap stay. The tourists can decide which kind to opt for depending on their needs and requirements.
Lithuania ranges between maritime and continental. The best time to visit would be late spring or summer when the temperatures are pleasant.