In the top-ten ranking compiled by the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, Lithuania is included as “one of Europe’s best-kept secrets”, a “rebellious, quirky and vibrant” country.
Lonely Planet compiled the list using criteria such as whether there was a special event next year, or because the writers believed that the destination will soon become a big hit.
Topping the list of best countries to visit next year is Singapore, followed by Namibia and Lithuania.
Among Lithuania’s attractions the guide points out the “majestic Baltic coastline and the unique sliver of white sand known as the Curonian Spit” as well as the capital city, Vilnius, “a beguiling artists’ enclave, with mysterious courtyards, worn cobbled streets and crumbling corners, overshadowed by baroque beauty beyond belief.”
According to Lonely Planet, also of interest to international visitors might be remnants of Lithuania’s Soviet history, a Cold War museum housed in a former nuclear missile site and a Soviet sculpture park.
International travel continues to grow, with around 517 million tourists travelling in the first six months of this year compared to the 494 million in the same period in 2013, according to the World Tourism Organization’s latest figures.