Latvia Tours, Vacations & Experiences
Latvia is located between Estonia in the north and Lithuania in the south on the Baltic Sea coast. Inland, it is also bordered by Russia and Belarus. 45% of the country is covered by natural forests and the coastline extends for a distance of 500 kilometres/310 miles consisting of long sandy beaches with a backdrop of pine forests and sand dunes.
The country is rich in history, culture and architecture. In 2014, Latvia’s capital, Riga, had the honour of being granted the European Capital of Culture. The country is also famous for its folk singing and every 5 years holds the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. There are also two opera festivals annually, one in Riga and the other in Sigulda.
Riga’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fascinating area of winding cobblestone streets. There is a good choice here of museums and art galleries, a vibrant nightlife and many pleasant restaurants and cafes. Interestingly, Riga has the largest concentration of German Art Nouveau architecture.
Outside of Riga are many interesting towns and regions. Jurmala is the main resort on the Baltic Sea coast and is only 25 kilometres/15 miles from Riga with 26 kilometres/16 miles of sandy beach. It is also famous for its curative spa treatments. Kuldige is known Latvia’s Venice due to the many rivers that flow through it. It is a beautiful old historical town and has one of the oldest brick bridges in Europe dating back to 1874. Cesis is a charming town with cobblestone streets, historic wooden buildings and a 16th Century medieval castle. The Museum of History and Art here is worth visiting. Gauja National Park offers diverse nature with its many rocks and caves and contains 500 cultural and historical monuments. The Turaida Museum Reserve has a medieval castle and is known as God’s Garden. In Dunte, one can visit the Munchhausen Museum which is based on the legendary Baron Von Munchhausen who lived in Dunte for 6 happy years.
Araisi has a collection of wooden buildings discovered after excavations which date back to the time of the Vikings. Rundale Palace in the south of Latvia is a resplendent palace with beautiful ornamental gardens.
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