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Set on Latvia’s ruggedly beautiful west coast, Liepaja (Liepāja) is a proud port city with an artistic soul.
Seafood and style
With its pristine Blue Flag beach, market stalls offering fresh local fish and the local specialty cod dish Liepājas menciņi on every menu, Liepaja is a place with the sea running through its veins.
And its affectionate nickname “the city where the wind is born” reflects a town with a strong individualistic streak.
This is reflected in its architecture, ranging from elegant timber houses to Art Nouveau masterpieces and grand old warehouses turned into luxury hotels.
And don’t miss Karosta, the giant military port which served czars and commissars now open for urban explorers, history buffs and windsurfers.
Music for every taste
Thanks to its legendary annual music festival, Liepaja was a rocking place even under Soviet occupation.
The fun continues today with the annual Summer Sound festival, a weekend of pop music and parties on the beach.
When the weather gets cooler, the fun continues at dynamic clubs set along the city canal, run by rock musician and entrepreneur Louie Fontaine.
Or for a different beat, catch a symphony, ballet, choir performance or jazz gig at the Great Amber Concert Hall, a new architectural landmark.
And enjoy spiritual sounds at Holy Trinity Cathedral, home to the world’s largest mechanical organ.
Top things to do
Liepaja and its surrounding area offer many attractions for the whole family.
Take a historic trip through Liepaja on its single tram line, the first electric tram built in the Baltic states.
Spend a night in Karosta Prison, a hotel experience you will never forget.
Make waves at Bernati (Bernāti), a beautiful beach village 10 km south of Liepaja with a cluster of highly original guesthouses.
Drive 30 minutes’ drive south of Liepaja to Pape Nature Park (Papes dabas parks), home to a unique World Wildlife Fund project reintroducing wild horses to Latvia.
Journey 50 km north to Pavilosta (Pāvilosta), an atmospheric fishing village with the best surfing in the Baltics and a creative vibe.
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