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2019 Competition Theme: Health and Wellness Tourism
Nothing else can make you forget your daily worries, relieve stress, and rejuvenate your body as well as a traditional bath ritual and a relaxing massage by an experienced bathhouse attendant.
The Lielzemenes Bathhouse School also offers the chance to learn these skills. They will teach you the basics of Latvian sauna rituals, the use of natural materials, and the history of the Latvian sauna, as well as advanced information on bath rituals, sauna whisks and their positive energy, and much more.
If you wish to enjoy sauna experiences such as warming up, traditional whisking or scrub and mask treatments, then the Everti traditional bathhouse is the right place for you. The hosts’ exceptional knowledge of astrology, healing therapy, amber therapy, crystal healing, and other similar fields ensures an individual approach with every client.
The heart of the largest resort town in the Baltics has always been in Ķemeri, its swampy area holding unique natural resources such as healing mud with sulphide and mineral water with hydrogen sulphide. Nowadays, Ķemeri is a famous place not only for its healing resources, but also for the adventures one can have in the beautiful nature of Ķemeri National Park.
A very special place in the National Park is the Ķemeri Bog, where such experiences as boat and SUP board rides, bogshoe hiking, or even swimming in one of the swamp lakes can be arranged.
Tukums and its surroundings are rich in natural heritage. The extensive forests, large swamps, diverse meadows, and the 60-kilometre-long coastline provide the basis for the varied natural offerings of this area.
A definite must is visiting the Valguma Pasaule Recreation Centre, which offers barefoot relaxation in nature. Set your feet free and take on the nearly three-kilometre-long Barefoot Path (2,6 km), enjoying the great variety of surfaces under your feet.
Another great experience in the area is the Latvian baths, where various sauna rituals based both on the traditional Latvian methods and on the latest mental-health-care discoveries can be enjoyed.
Ventspils is popular for its Blue Flag beach that meets the highest quality standards both for vacationers and surfers.
Just 10 km north of the centre of Ventspils you will find Staldzene, an ancient fishing village with an impressive bluff, unspoiled beach, and beautiful pine forest.
Lying only a few kilometres from the centre of Ventspils, another hidden gem is Būšnieku Lake, with its well-equipped swimming places, picnic areas, bicycle parking places, and a boat dock. There is also an 8-km-long walking and cycling path going around the whole lake.