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Reasons to visit Latvia in 2018

In 2018, Latvia turns 100 years old. If that’s not reason enough to visit, we’ve created a list of suggestions to inspire you to pick Latvia as your holiday destination in 2018.

Whether it’s for a fleeting city break, a two week camping trip or a beach holiday, we’re sure you’ll find an area or an event that will make it unforgettable.

Song and Dance Celebration

There’s a reason the country’s former tourism slogan was “Latvia – the land that sings”. With over a million folk songs and choirs regularly collecting top awards at international competitions, we have a fair bit to be proud of.

Arguably the best occasion to witness this pride and heritage is the Song and Dance Celebration which takes place every five years and gathers 30 000 of singers and dancers from all over the country for a parade and series of performances.


Pure nature

Four national parks and 42 nature parks in a country with a population of just under two million and a territory of 64 thousand m2. Nature really is all around in Latvia!

Enjoy the wilderness on foot, by bike or boating. It’s really the perfect escape for anyone wishing to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of today’s major metropolises.


A Latvian shopping experience

Leather necklaces, wooden bow ties, porcelain earrings – Latvia’s designers never cease to surprise with their creative use of traditional materials. Explore what’s on offer at Riga’s design stores and craft markets throughout the country.

If looking for bigger pieces such as homeware, you’ll be pleased to know international sales are often possible.


Exciting events

Music festivals on the beaches of the Baltic Sea, celebrations of food and traditions, a major marathon – these are just a selection of the year’s top events in Latvia. Find your favourite and join us!


Delicious food

A combination of fresh, local produce and creative chefs has led to the development of contemporary Latvian cuisine which surprises diners with the purity of flavours and quality of ingredients. Staples include wild mushrooms, seabuckthorn, rhubarb, venison, rowanberries, catfish and birch sap which are used to create dishes, such as venison steak with a rowan and apple puree, and buckwheat-potato dumplings.

Choose where you’d like to eat during your visit to Latvia!


Castles and manors

Cēsis is the birthplace of the Latvian flag and the museum at Cēsis Castle Complex tells its story. A very suitable place to visit in 2018 for Latvia’s centenary!

In fact, Latvia’s many castles and manors are an excellent setting for learning more about the history of our country through the ages.



The season at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet (LNOB) lasts from September to June. On average, each season sees around 200 performances and five new productions.

In 2018, LNOB will celebrate the national centenary with Gala concerts on 2, 16 and 17 November in which some of LNOB’s most-renowned performers will shine alongside guest stars.


Latvia’s 100th anniversary

In 2018, Independence Day will be particularly memorable as Latvia will mark its centenary. Alongside the official celebrations, visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular annual Staro Rīga festival of light


Feeling inspired? Keep on reading for more suggestions on what to include in your itinerary. Latvia awaits. 

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