There is no doubt that the pandemic has left an indelible mark on the tourism industry. And as more and more countries remove the restrictions associated with COVID-19, travelers seem to retain some of the habits they have acquired over the years. So, for example, camping trips are becoming more and more popular, during which you can not cross with other people at all and admire nature at your own pace.
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If you do not have experience from such trips, then it is not recommended to leave too far from home for the first time. But you can always go to the neighbors! In Lithuania, for example, there is absolutely nothing to go, and interesting and untouched places can be found there as well. Caravan travelers can stay at various campsites scattered along the shores of nearly six thousand Lithuanian lakes.
Surrounded by enchanting forests, Lithuanian campsites offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as lakeside saunas, berry and mushroom picking, and hiking trails for active travelers.
Here are four unusual campsites you can find near our southern neighbors:
Escape to Apple Island
In the past, the Princes of Moletai and Utensky have held a mid-summer festival on Apple Island. Located in the heart of Lake Grabuostas, it is a campsite truly isolated from the rest of the world.
Visitors to Apple Island await stunning views of the lake that surrounds the island on all sides, hundreds of apple trees blooming with pale pink flowers and authentic, warm wooden farmhouses.
Kayak lovers can watch the evening sky reflected on the glass surface of Lake Grabuostas and sauna lovers can inhale the delicate aroma of the local pine trees while enjoying the sauna on the lake shore.
Quiet seclusion on the shore of the lake surrounded by a pine forest
Camping in Suvalkija (a historic area in southern Lithuania, across the river Neman) for those who love the forest more. Here, travelers will find many nature trails, walking along which you can not only breathe fresh pine air, but also pick berries and mushrooms.
For those looking for a unique experience in Suvalkija, Camping Pušele offers a piece of land on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Vištytis, reminiscent of the time when Lithuania was the last pagan nation in Europe to love nature. A pagan altar to gods and goddesses of the Baltic is hidden in the nearby forest for those interested in Lithuanian heritage.
Combination of Lithuanian heritage, hippie culture and nature
Combining traditional rural architecture, handmade decorations with hippie illustrations and the tranquility of nature, some campsites have created a casual atmosphere for 1960s culture lovers. One example is Sunny Nights Hostel & Camping, which has transformed from a centuries-old post office into a farm with an impressive apple orchard.
The campsite has a clay mud bath next to a local pond – a more natural replacement for popular resorts throughout Lithuania – and several specially designed pits to spend a night under the stars.
In the area of the campsite, the music and art event Sunny Nights (“Sunny Nights”) takes place every year, to which all lovers of Lithuanian folk music are invited.
Just an hour drive from the campsite is the Hill of Crosses, the number of crosses in which for all the years of its existence has already exceeded 20 thousand. But keep in mind that this place is very popular and it is better to get there early in the morning.
Romance with lavender fields
Most of the campsites in Lithuania have a certain halo of romance – fields with fragrant wildflowers, open skies to watch the sun set on lakes and unspoilt nature. What else is needed for happiness?
Campers who want to park their car in a place that feels weird may not think of anything other than Lavender Village. Just 28 km from Vilnius, this secluded oasis is set amidst lavender meadows, the flowers of which are traditionally used in folk medicine.
Stunning views of the lavender fields are not the only thing this campsite has to offer. On the outskirts of Lavender Village, there is Lake Kemeliai, where you can go fishing or just boating.