Things to do in Lithuania…
Understand the Hill of Crosses. For centuries Lithuanian people placed a cross on a small hill to remember loved ones who had passed away. Under Soviet rule this sort of religious symbolism was banned and so crosses were either destroyed or removed. However, in an act of defiance, local people continued to replace the crosses and the site, just outside Šiauliai, became a powerful symbol of Lithuania's fight for independence.
Spend a day at the lake. There are literally thousands of lakes in Lithuania many of which can be found within the Baltic Highlands towards the borders with Belarus. National parks, such as Aukstaitija, Žemaitija and Samogitia, hold vast stretches of water surrounded by pine forests and interspersed with lakeside villages, featuring water mills, wooden churches and perfect spots to sit and stare or paddle off on a kayak.
There are some excellent cycle routes in Lithuania with the dunes, lagoons and shimmering pines of Curonian Spit making a beautiful backdrop whilst cycling to the ornithological station and lighthouse at Ventė Cape. Lithuania’s lakes also make for some superb cycling trails with Lake Galvė, just 25km from Vilnius, well worth the effort, especially for Trakai Island Castle that can be accessed via quiet rural roads and well-maintained cycle paths.