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Amazing Labanoras woods

Especially for the fans of Eco tourism we provide a tour to the biggest Labanoras Regional Park, which covers more than 55 000 hectares. Park was established in 1992 with a purpose to preserve the landscape (mainly forest and lakes), sustain its natural ecosystem and cultural heritage.

Very rich in flora and fauna this conspicuous scenery is a pride of the Labanoras Regional Park. Some interesting facts:

  • more than 80 % of park land is forested (80% of it consisting of pines); 285 lakes occupy 14% of the park area (impressive ones are Juodieji and Baltieji Lakajai, Stirniai, Siesartis, 15.8 km in length Aiseta);
  • about 30 streams traverse the territory (such as beloved by tourists Lakaja, Peršokšna, Dumblė, Luknelė);
  • the park is full of wetlands, valuable for their ecosystems and are therefore strictly protected.
  • the woods are rich with berries and mushrooms and wild animals; you may even meet a moose, a wolf or a lynx, a black stork, a lesser spotted eagle, a black grouse, a grey woodpecker and other rare forest birds; a fish trout, a grayling and other valuable salmonid.

The park is perfectly suitable for recreation and camping. Walking or cycling by taking picturesque routes, swimming, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms can be a wonderful way to spend your pastime in Lithuania. Not mentioning the fact that the Labanoras Regional Park also holds important cultural values: archaeological and architectural monuments, ethnographic objects and memorial sites. Firstly its ancient settlements, such as Kulioniai, Kerutija, Užtilčiai; more than 20 ancient burial places, five beautiful mounds and interesting disk – shaped stones. From the architectural point of view park is precious of its villages and farms scattered in a vast area, usually around the main road. The most famous villages: Januliškis, Lakaja, Rudesa, Kulionys, Stirniai. Do not forget the centre of the Regional Park – Labanoras town, which was mentioned for the first time in historical sources in 1373. Surrounded by forests and lakes, Labanoras town is famous for its authentic musical instrument – Labanoras bagpipe, as well as a wooden church with 17 monuments of art and a bell tower, and cosy old homesteads each with their own history. Peculiar churches can be found in Januliškis, Rudesa and Stirniai. Villages having most of the ethnographic items are Obelynė, Pašekščiai and Maldžiūnai. Last but not least memorial sites are various tombs of rebels, locations of partisan’s deaths, Jewish genocide areas.

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