Lithuania was the last country in Europe which adopted Christianity in 1387, and the first country of the former Soviet republics that declared independence in 1990.
A small country hidden in a corner of Europe, near the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is the largest of the Baltic States but has the smallest coastline. Many connaisseurs state that both the surface of almost 65,000 square kilometers and population of about 3.4 million are similar to Ireland.
Located at the confluence of rivers Neris and Vilnia, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, it is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. The Old Town, a Baroque masterpiece, was included on the list of protected UNESCO in 1994. A while ago, Vilnius was named “Little Rome”, “Northern Athens” or “northern Jerusalem.” Here you can see about 40 different churches and architectural styles, building authentic Gothic, Renaissance, with classic features that have survived very well over time.
Old Vilnius is small and cozy. Narrow streets and passages steps take you into the world of gardens decorated with flowers, churches and museums. It would be better to start your journey from “Dawn Gate”. The graceful painting of Holy Virgin Mary is the main attraction for believers worldwide. Going down the street Pilies and passing the town hall you have the opportunity to visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.
Ask for the Artists’ Wall, which displays more than 100 wood, ceramic or glass plates decorated with information about domestic and foreign writers who visited Vilnius and found it the perfect place to write. Then take a moment to stop and listen to songs of the street musicians wandering through the maze of streets.
Among many other interesting things to do in your visit, discover the unforgettable summer experience – rustling sea and hot sand – in the Lithuanian oasis named the Curonian Isthmus. It was included in UNESCO in 2000 as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe.
The stretch of sand that enters gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida. The narrow and elongated peninsula, washed by the waters of the Baltic Sea and Lagoon Curoniene reminds us of a desert. The locals named it Kursiu Nerija. Im 2000. it was included on the list of UNESCO heritages as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. The stretch of sand that emerges gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida.
Juodkrantė is worth visiting for its keys and piers, old restored cottage-style villas and the fishermen\s houses surrounded by beautiful gardens. Herons Hill / Garnių Kalnas is the home of one of the largest colonies of gray herons in Europe.
Nida is blessed with a large number of sunny days per year. A unique feature of this place is the presence of wind vanes that were used to mark the membership of certain crafts to each village. The 2 km Pardinis route, starting from the Valley of Silence (Tylos Slenis) and passes by the lighthouse of Nida, is the largest Lithuanian coast.
The trail meanders to the point of observation from Pardinis, a popular attraction of the Curonian Isthmus; here you can admire the Baltic Sea and the lagoon together, while letting yourself mesmerized by the beauty of the sunsets and feel the unique chemistry of the two bodies of water.
The Naglai natural Reservation, an uncommon setting of moving dunes, stretches nine kilometers – from Juodkrantė to Pervalka.
Curonian Isthmus is a unique experience: rent a villa where you can find shelter against the desert wind coming from the dunes, swim in the Baltic waves and taste the fish caught by local fishermen: bream, bream and eel and you’ll realize why this place has become so popular among tourists.