Offering an undiscovered mix of enchanting verdant forests, long sandy beaches and a culture steeped in history, tradition and folklore. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, its cities such as Vilnius and Kaunas, have rapidly modernised and now boast a varied cultural scene and lively nightlife. Lithuania’s energetic, yet compact capital Vilnius, is an architectural delight featuring a stunning baroque old town, boutique galleries and cosy cafes. Outside these cities explore the striking Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the tremendous sand dunes of the Curonian Spit and the white sand beaches of the Baltic Coast, or venture into deep magical forests that guard twinkling lakes.
- The baroque bombshell of the baltics – Vilnius
- The Hill of Crosses near the northern town of Siauliai
- Curonian Spit with its ever-shifting sands bank spit
- The red brick gothic castle of Trakai
- Hip second city Kaunas for street art, nightlife and Museum of Devils
When to Visit
May through to September. The weather is at its warmest and the days are long. In winter the temperatures plummet, with the sun rising for barely 8 hours a day. Also, be prepared for the occasional shower and rainy day.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Vilnius.