That’s what makes Vilnius charming – if you’re passing out from the heat, all you have to do is get on a bus and within half an hour, you’re sitting on the shore of a river or a lake. If you want some exercise, you can just throw on your running shoes and jog there from the centre of town. After a good run, is there really anything better than plunging into the refreshing water and watching the tips of the pine trees sway as you float on your back? There are about 90 lakes around Vilnius. There are public beaches at Salotė, Tapeliai, Balžis and the Žalieji (“Green”) Lakes, and the beaches next to hotels and rural tourism homesteads offer a variety of services. Take your pick!