Pavilniai Regional Park

Pavilniai Regional Park is located in the valley of river Vilnia in Vilnius.  The valley is delighting with its spectacular landscape, abstruse and variegated slopes. It  was accredited to be included into list of valuable nature objects revealing ecological and cultural heritage.  There are many wild fauna and flora species that are protected by European Wild Nature and Environment Safety Convention.  In addition to this, the Pavilniai Regional Park includes objects of historical heritage.

To begin with, Pavilniai Regional Park is worth visiting because of breathtaking natural monuments that have been forming there during ages. One of the most incredible is an exposure of Pučkoriai  sometimes called the pearl of Vilnia valley. It is the highest and the most impressive exposure in Lithuania of 65m height and 260m width. The exposure was formed by moving ice-field. In fact, the exposure is still being formed by snow, rain, wind and other natural forces. The exposure is well attended by professional geologists as it reveals clods of the most interesting geological periods. Despite the fact that it is very important for scientific  research, the Pučkoriai exposure opens a dreamy landscape both from its top and its bottom. That’s why it is well attended by scientists as well as by tourists. The exposure can be easily reached by car or by bus.

The Pavilniai Regional Park includes many reserves - botanical, geomorphologic, and hill landscape reserves. The reserves are all unique revealing different natural structures. Some include erosive fans, unique relief, grasslands seamed with springs. Others are covered by wide beautiful landscapes where an extraordinary rare plants grow. It is proved that straight in reserves of Pavilniai Regional Park approximately 13-14 thousand years ago mammoths lived or wandered there. It is quite simple to imagine those huge animals walking around you while you are standing surrounded by a huge oak wood.

Pavilniai Regional Park also includes beautiful mountain called hill of Belmontas under Italian meaning bello monte (beautiful mountain). The Belmontas hill is of 50-55 m height. For those who get to the top a breathtaking panorama of Vilnius Old Town and the valley of Vilnia opens. Near the mountain a gorgeous center of entertainment and recreation called Belmontas is established. The center is well attended by locals and foreigners as it is really beautiful and worth visiting undoubtedly. Belmontas is established in the same place where a French Mill used to stand.

As it was already mentioned, the Pavilniai Regional Park includes some objects of historic heritage. There are plenty of remains of former defensive bunkers. Bunkers were built in the 20th century. Some of them were established under hills, others above the ground. Building works were very expensive, however, bunkers were not used at all as the war forces unexpectedly attacked from another side so during the war and postwar bunkers were used as a storages. Nowadays bunkers are reconstructed. They are supervised by directorate of Pavilniai Regional Park.

Hard to believe that such a unique natural landscape opens in the eastern corner of the largest Lithuanian city. Despite being the smallest regional park (2127 ha), Pavilniai might be one of the most impressive natural reserves including nature, history and cultural heritage. It is a perfect place for free time activities in nature while 28 km long lasting cognitive walk extends through the region welcoming everybody missed the real beauty and majesty of nature.