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Top 10 Things to Do in Latvia
The centre of the Baltic region, Latvia offers an amazing array of attractions to suit every age, taste and budget. From amazing architecture to stunning landscapes, and bustling beach parties to soulful forest walks, this country is an unforgettable experience.
With over 800 years of history, Riga’s Old Town is an architectural gem that captivates history buffs and romantics alike.
Admire soaring St. Peter’s church and stately Doma Cathedral, ornate wonders like the House of Blackheads, ancient walls, timeless cobblestoned lanes and much more. And a mulled wine in a cosy café, or a refreshing pint at a fun-filled beer garden are also essentials.
Latvia offers wonderful events throughout the year to experience.
Enjoy pagan festivities at Midsummer with beer, song and jumping over the bonfie, or rock your socks off at the Positivus music festival by the sea. Check out the Top 10 Events in Latvia.
With 500 km of coastline, Latvia offers a stunning array of beaches.
For a seaside holiday in style, head for Jurmala (Jūrmala), a multicultural resort just 30 minutes from Riga offering everything from beach football and volleyball to opera concerts.
Or head a bit further out to the Livonian Coast, a region of pristine pine-fringed beaches, tiny fishing villages and no other people for miles.
Latvia’s rolling green countryside is sprinkled with delightful manor houses courtesy of the old aristocracy, and many are open to the public.
Be captivated on a tour of Rundale Palace (Rundāles pils), an 18th century Baroque masterpiece with an amazing rose garden. Or stay the night in style at Neogothic Rumene Manor (Rūmenes muiža) or Classical Malpils Manor (Mālpils muiža).
With half of its territory taken up by forests and a good portion of the rest rich in lakes, rivers and picturesque countryside, Latvia is a nature-lover’s paradise.
Enjoy berry or mushroom gathering in the woods, fall in love with timeless farmhouses and check out the gorgeous national parks.
Latvia’s small towns are unique worlds offering beautiful sights, rich culture and warm hospitality.
Kuldiga (Kuldīga) is a blend of Baroque masterpieces, atmospheric wooden houses and waterways that have earned it the nickname "the Venice of the North."
Cesis (Cēsis) offers an authentic medieval atmosphere including a castle encircled by a luscious park and diverse artistic and musical events.
And enjoy the wonderful attractions of Latvia’s other towns, from beaches to Soviet bunkers.
Just 50 km from Riga, Sigulda is a natural wonderland with attractions for everyone. Hike in the beautiful forested valleys, take a trip back in time at the medieval castles or get an adrenaline rush bungee jumping, bobsleighing or flying in the Aerodium wind tunnel.
Latvian cuisine is earning increasing international praise for its innovative approach and superb local ingredients. And it’s available for every budget, from great-value country guesthouses to fancy restaurants in the capital.
Whether it’s caraway-seed cheese and craft beer at Midsummer, black bread, smoked fish or cured ham at a market, or wonderful seasonal mushroom or berry dishes, Latvia will make your mouth water.
To get off the beaten track and find yourself, head for Latvia’s soulful eastern region Latgale. Known as "the land of the blue lakes," Latgale entices with unspoiled nature, beautiful churches, ancient pottery traditions and legendary hospitality.
Slow down and smell the flowers
Or simply destress in a land that brings people and nature into harmony. As the saying goes, Latvia is best enjoyed slowly!