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Holidays to Lithuania boosted

[December 29th 2008]

Holidays to Lithuania are set to become more popular next year as the capital Vilnius becomes European Capital of Culture and flights continue from Gatwick and Dublin airports.

Lithuanian Airlines has decided to continue flying from Gatwick and Dublin to the popular tourist resort of Palanga on the Baltic coast. The airline, known as flyLAL, began flights from Gatwick and Dublin to Palanga last summer and due to their success will continue the service for summer 2009.

Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from April 4th and continue throughout the summer. Tickets are now on sale online at and through travel agents.

“Direct flights from the UK & Ireland to Palanga have proved to be very convenient for many Lithuanians and Latvians visiting families and friends as well as the increasing numbers of international travellers who are discovering the exceptional beauty and secret white sand beaches of the UNESCO-Protected Curonian Spit,” says flyLAL representative Jolanta Gerdziunaite.

Next year the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius will be the European Capital of Culture and large numbers of visitors are expected in this little known country.

The tiny capital of Vilnius is the largest baroque old town in Europe and is proving to be a popular place for a city break. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994, Vilnius is said to have “preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting".

Among the sites to be seen in Vilnius are the Cathedral Basilica, St Anne’s Church and the President’s Palace. There are more than 40 well preserved old churches, plus monasteries, museums and beautiful parks.

Vilnius will host numerous events during 2009 as it becomes European Capital of Culture, including Art in Unusual Places, the Vilnius Book Fair, a mid-summer celebration, and a festival of light to mark the coming of winter.

Lithuania is also making a play to become a popular spot for golfing holidays. The country currently has just two golf courses, both near Vilnius, but more are expected.

Written by: Nick Purdom