The newest member of the Eurozone, Lithuania saw strong growth in tourism last year. The country’s rich culture, art, rolling hills of the national parks, and UNESCO sites such as the Curonian Spit and Vilnius Old Town are some of the main attractions for tourists. Statistics show that inbound tourism grew by 7.7% in 2014.
It is now easier to visit Lithuania which is ranked 3rd in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 destinations to visit in 2015. The tourism sector looks set for another healthy year, boosted by excellent flight routes from the UK and Lithuania’s recent status as the newest member of the Eurozone.
Visitors from the UK are spared the long-haul flight and can experience what Lithuania has to offer with a short flight across the North and Baltic Sea. Direct flight access from the UK is superb with flights leaving from London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Birmingham, Doncaster and Bristol. Wizzair offer flights to Vilnius while Ryan Air operates flights to Vilnius and Kaunas. Less than a three hour flight with either of these carriers will take visitors to a treasure trove of natural beauty; Vilnius’ baroque old town, Trakai Castle and the Curonian Spit are just a few gems waiting to be discovered and part of what makes Lithuania Europe’s best kept secret.
In line with other Baltic states, inbound tourism to Lithuania has risen as the number of local tourists exceeded 1 million and the number of visitor stays from foreign tourists rose to 1.3 million. Visitor numbers are increasing heavily from further afield, as news of Lithuania’s quirky and vibrant charm is attracting high number of visitors from Japan and the USA.
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