Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia

Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia

Recreation complex Dzerkali

Located in a picturesque place on the shore of Lake Tsirma, in the Ludza region, in Dzerkali.

You can observe deer at close range and learn about the life of these animals.

Daugava Museum

The museum is located on Dole Island, where an exposition about the history of the Daugava waterway, the professions of boatmen, raftsmen, fishermen and ferrymen is arranged in the manor house built in 1898.

Roe deer nursery

In the nursery, you can watch wild animals - deer, roe deer, fallow deer, wild boars, mouflons, sheep.

Open Air Museum

Museum in Ventspils. Here is a collection of sea fishing boats and anchors collection - the largest in the Baltic States!

Medieval entertainment at the Swedish Wall

The Swedish Wall is located a hundred meters from the medieval Jaunpils Castle.

Plosti Tourism and Leisure Center

Tourism and Recreation Center "Plosti" is located 100 km from Riga in the picturesque valley of the Abava River.

Lithuania is an extremely beautiful country, and most importantly, nature is in "good condition" here. A third of Lithuania's territory is covered with forests, and this is the only country in Europe where green space is not shrinking, but growing. The country, which has access to the sea, has more than 700 rivers and about 2.8 thousand lakes. In general, the ideal environment for rural tourism - it is not surprising that it is thriving in Lithuania.

Lake by inheritance

Conditions for the development of rural tourism in the country were created in the 90s - after the process of returning property and land to its former owners began. More precisely, their heirs. Many of them had already moved to cities by that time and, suddenly becoming the owners of hectares of land and forest land (even lakes), did not want to return to the villages to engage in farming or logging. It was rural tourism that became for them one of the ways to dispose of new real estate without radically changing their way of life. Indeed, this tourism is seasonal in nature, and relatives remaining in the villages can "take care" of it.

Of course, such a business requires a lot of financial investments and labor resources. But first the state came to his aid, and then also the European Union. Two figures speak volumes about the amount of aid. According to the rural development program for 2007-2013, Lithuanian rural tourism received about 4 million euros. According to the current program, until 2020, 50% of the costs associated with the arrangement of the estate are covered (there is a limit in its price - 200 thousand euros per object).

How many points do you have?

The Association of Rural Tourism (AST) of Lithuania today has about 400 members - in the year of its creation, in 1997, there were 17. However, not all subjects of rural tourism are members of the association: the total number of them is estimated at approximately at 650.

This business is booming. For example, the share of "rural" tourists in the total flow in Lithuania is about 10%, which in the peak pre-crisis years corresponded to 150-155 thousand people. Of these, 25 to 35% are foreigners. The income they brought in was equal to about a fourth of the income from tourism within Lithuania as a whole.

Membership in the ACT is not ritualistic - the association really became the engine of the process.

In particular, thanks to her, a system of classification and certification of estates was developed - a division into four categories of comfort is envisaged, the scores of which are called "storks" (analogue of "stars"). In addition, the letter N marks new estates, the level of which has not yet been determined. The cost of services, depending on the "storks" today ranges from 10 to 60-75 euros per day.

Tastes argue

Through the efforts of ACT, rural tourism services were also classified into 10 varieties, depending on the emphasis of recreation, including "calm", "active", "wellness", "cognitive", "family holidays", "culinary heritage", "agritourism". It was decided to "mix" no more than three areas of specialization during qualification.

Talking to journalists, AST President Linas Zhabaliunas said that about half of the association's members offer a quiet, relaxing style of recreation. Family holidays are in second place, and family holidays are in third place.

The deficit between supply and demand is felt in the culinary and wellness activities.

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