Located on the Baltic Sea, and in spite of being a small country, but Latvia have also a beautiful landscape and the quiet Gulf of Riga and rough Baltic Sea are 2 of typical examples. The wonderful endless beaches will captivate any visitors when going there. The beauties of Latvia are worthy to be seen with amazing landscapes: green forests, surging rivers, and peaceful and fascinating lakes.
Latvia Travel information
The Latvia‘s capital is Riga which is the main destination attracting visitors most. Going to this amazing city you will have chance to learn about an impressive collection of Jungendstil which is a kind of art, buildings in Europe. Riga at night is a contrasted picture to the city’s history and its architecture. That is one of the most lively and colorful nightlife.
A longtime favorite holiday destination, Latvia’s appeal is being uncovered further abroad. In Beyond Riga, you will find medieval towns, large palaces, folk parks, amazing museums, beautiful country castles, and devastated fortresses. Latvia is worth one of the hidden treasure of the European continent.
In Latvia, you should take part in some activities as follow:
Taking a tour to Basilica of Aglona
This is one of the most famous cathedrals in this country. The well-known Feast of the Assumption in August attracts 150.000 people taking in part in a torch lit march. This is also the best time to see the colorful beauties of this cathedral.
The wetlands and farmland are the houses of many special and beautiful birds in which the corncrake is a rare species listed in the red book and need protecting.
Being a part of the Slitere National Park, Cape Kolka has amazing beaches as the Gulf of Riga and Baltic Sea collide. Cape Kolka will be a great place for those who would like to take a walk along the seaside and discover splendid nature, or even watching the sunset.
Cesis Town Latvia
Cesis was occupied in the 13th century. This town has a lot of attractions to visitors. You will be surprised at cobble streets, striking castles, beautiful and ancient churches and wood buildings.
Ethnographic Open Air Museum of Latvia
In 1924, the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia was founded. Nowadays it is one of the oldest museums in Europe. In this fascinating museum, you will see everything from all the part of Latvia from worker’s farms, historical homes to a tavern and windmills.
Gauja River Gorge Latvia
Going to Krimulda, you will get a great view of the Gauja River Gorge. In this location, you can also have a chance to visit a destroyed castle.
Latvian’s night life
Blackheads house in Riga Latvia
Latvia’s night life is so vibrant. However, between the bars and cafes in Riga, you will see a little different. Both 2 types overflow onto the terraces during the summer. There are so many exciting nightclubs for you to choose. Blue concerts, dancing, lap-dancing and strip clubs are everywhere; and of course they are opened over night. In case, you enjoy the drink, Liepaja, Ventspils, and Daugavpils may be the great places.
Food & Drink
Most of food and drink in Latvia are made from the available local crop and weather. Red meat with a creamy sauce and screws are the 2 main kinds of food which are often appear in menu. For those who live near the shoreline, fish seems to be available in every meal. Latvian usually enjoys their meals with a strong drink or Latvian beer.
- Piragi (a kind of food with bacon and onion filled pastry)
- Alexander Torte (cranberry/raspberry filled pastry)
- Sweetbread soup w/ dry fruit
- Skabu kapostu zupa (cabbage soup)
- Kotletes (meat patties)
Things should be kept in mind:
Consuming, or drinking alcohol in public areas like parks, streets or other places is banned and if you are caught you will surely have a big problem. Latvian government prescribing the drinking age must be 18 years old.
Getting around towns and cities in Latvia
Riga has a sizeable network of trolleybus, tram, and bus routes while a single tramline and busses run in Liepaja. You should purchase tickets from the conductor on board and keep them for checking. There is a kind of share taxi called Taksobussi that is always available but often more expensive the buses. Private taxis use the meters to check the bills. However, at night, you have to pay more money than day time. Luckily, you can also use some trolleybuses and trams working at night to save more money. In addition, from Riga you can get to all the major cities and towns in Latvia via the rail such as Ventspils and Liepaja in the west, Rezekne and Gulbene in the east, and Daugavpils in the southeast.