Zarasai District Municipality
|Zarasai District Municipality
Zarasų rajono savivaldybė
Location of Zarasai district municipality within Lithuania
|• Mayor||Arnoldas Abramavičius|
|• Ruling party||Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats|
|• Council size||21 members|
|• Total||1,334 km2 (515 sq mi)|
|Population (2001 census)|
|• Density||17/km2 (44/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||58th|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
The district has two cities: Zarasai (capital) and Dusetos, three small towns (miestelis): Antalieptė, Salakas, and Turmantas and about 800 rural settlements (villages and single-family farsmsteads ()).
Geography and attractions
30% of the territory is covered by forests (about 65% of those are pine forests), about 10% by lakes. The district has about 300 lakes. The most famous lake is Lake Sartai for its winter horse races. Part of the biggest lake in Lithuania, Lake Drūkšiai, is also in the district. Other three lakes are among the ten largest lakes in Lithuania. There are 20 artificial lakes, the biggest one is Antalieptė Lagoon (Lithuanian: Antalieptės marios). It is a unique artificial lake in Lithuania. It was formed when a dam on Šventoji River was built and 27 different lakes joined to form one lagoon. It has about 50 islands. There are 8 rivers, the longest is Šventoji River (almost 45 km in the district). The district has two regional parks, Sartai and Gražutė.
The district is rich in beautiful nature and could become a tourist destination. However, the geographic location is very inconvenient. Zarasai district municipality is away from major highways. Also, it is quite far away from the capital, Vilnius. Vilnians would rather choose numerous lakes in Molėtai district municipality or Aukštaitija National Park for recreation.
The oldest tree in Lithuania Stelmužė Oak grows in the district.
Nature and geography
Landscape near Turmantas