Lonely Planet has recognized Vilnius as one of the hottest destinations in Europe

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide, has recognized Vilnius as one of the ten most recommended places to visit in Europe in 2018. Ranked on the eighth place of the Best in Europe 2018 rating, presented today, Vilnius has been assessed together with such places as Provence (France) and Cantabria (Spain). The first place is dedicated to the exclusive food-culture-famous Italian Emilia Romagna region.

According to Lonely Planet experts, Vilnius ended up in the list of the hottest destinations for several reasons: its reputation growing as an excellent alternative to the weekend getaway, a combination of extraordinary history and intense creativity as well as impressive food and drink culture.

Experts particularly appreciate the successful beer brewing culture in Vilnius and the New Nordic wave inspired restaurants. Lonely Planet representatives believe that it is only a matter of time when the world becomes aware of how much our city can offer travelers.

Gemma Graham, editor of Lonely Planet for Northern Europe, said: “Proud of its extraordinary history, eccentric elegance and unique culture, Vilnius offers guests many things to discover. It’s a city that pulsates youthful energy with new creative spaces, a thriving culture of restaurants and craftsmen beer. In addition, a lot of festivals and events are planned here this year: there has never been a better time to discover one of the most unforgivably undistinguished capitals in Europe. ”

“The inclusion of Vilnius in the Best in Europe 2018 rating gives us an excellent opportunity to continue to widely disseminate the message about Vilnius, which we will definitely use. Recognition by the global “travel gurus” is particularly valuable as Lonely Planet’s recommendations are trusted by millions of people traveling around the world on their own, ” said Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in Europe 2018 recommends the most interesting and worthwhile visits to the continent this year.