Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is a mixture of the old and new. Slow paced life, happy people and the Baltic country's beautiful Baroque architecture draws a lot of tourists. It's a cheap country and gives your backpacking in Europe alone itinerary a must-visit stopover.Getting around in VilniusIt's easiest to walk in the Old Town area on it's cobblestone streets, gazing at old churches and soaking in the atmosphere. When venturing outside, use the trolley buses which ply back and forth all across the city. Buy a ticket from the driver and then punch in to validate it. Unlike many Eastern European countries, the euro is used in Lithuania.
I have visited beach resort spas and have nothing against them at all. But in the summer I would rather go short haul, avoid crowded coastlines, swap the babble for babbling brooks, walk in tranquil forests and swim in chanced upon fresh water lakes. Druskininkai ticks all the boxes.