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What You Should Know More About Latvia

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Keep the touts at bay.

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Make sure you do not travel alone in the night hours.

    ·         Ensure that you have had sufficient research before going to any new place.

    ·         Nudity is strictly prohibited.

    ·         If you are visiting a temple or a religious place, make sure you dress accordingly.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    ·         Always ensure that you book a room in an area that is known to you.

    ·         Avoid booking a hotel in any shady region.

    ·         Beware of thefts. Make sure you have kept all your cash and valuables safely.

    ·         Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.

    ·         Do not leave any of your valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Do not get involved in any fight with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you double check the seal of the water bottle before buying.

    ·         Check the quality of the street food before ordering for it.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive you.

    ·         Girls make sure you do not get over friendly with the locals here.

    ·         Learn some words from the local language prevalent in the region.

    ·         Do not book any cab or taxi without negotiating the fare for the same. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Latvia is 18 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Riga

    Situated at the mouth of the Daugava river on the Gulf of Riga, Riga is the capital as well as the largest city of Latvia. It is also the largest city in Baltic states. UNESCO declared the old town of Riga as a World Heritage Site. The city is noted for its Art Nouveau style architectural design and vibrant nightlife. You will never be bored in Riga, especially if you are a tourist as there are so many activities to do here. Some of the popular and impressive places to see in Riga are Riga Cathedral, St. Peter's Church and the bustling Central Market. Riga is one of the major tourist places in Latvia.


    Sigulda


    Considered as “Switzerland of Latvia", Sigulda is a town situated in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia that is 53 kilometers from the capital city, Riga. Turaida Castle is one of the major tourist attractions in the town. Gutmanis Cave is one of the oldest tourist places in Latvia that is frequented by hundreds of visitors. It is also the widest and the highest cave in Ballistic. The town hosts a traditional opera festival every summer in the castle ruins, an open air music hall. Adventurous sports activities such as skiing, bobsledding, luge, and bungee jumping are also held here. An ideal place to stay and enjoy your holidays.


    Liepaja


    Liepaja is one of the most beautiful city you will ever visit. It is also the third largest city in Latvia. Karosta is undoubtedly one of the major tourist attractions in Liepaja. It is said that Karosta used to be a secret military town for Russian Empire and later Soviets. Vec Liepaja and David Rietumi beach is probably the whitest and softest sand beaches you will find in Latvia. They are great for all kinds of beach activities. Seaside Park is the most beautiful park located in the center of the city and is a perfect sightseeing destination.


    Cesis


    Cesis is an old town situated in Vidzeme region of Latvia. This town is home to two beautiful castles and parks. Visit the new Cesis castle built by Count Karl Eberhard von Sievers in 1777 to spend some good time over there. The premises of castle were used for C?sis Museum of History and Art and C?sis tourism Information centre. Saint John church is considered as one of the largest medieval churches in the country. Other tourist attraction spots in the town are May park, Holy spring, Victory Monument, Square of roses, Knights castle and Rigas street for shopping.


    Kuldiga


    Former capital of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, Kuldiga is a popular town in Latvia. Have a wonderful view of the town from the old brick bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe. Textile workshops, celebrations of national festivals and annual running competition on the River of Aleksis takes place here. Even the ‘naked people run’ over the historical bridge is held here. Explore the beautiful architectural design of St. Catherine church. Also get a chance to see Alekšup?te Waterfall, an artificial waterfall built in the 17th century to use the stream to operate the first paper mill in Kurzeme.

  • What you will like there?

    Outdoor activities

    Latvia lets you enjoy a number of adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. There are various trekking and camping opportunities here. Also, enjoy the sailing experience with boating trips offered by local organizers. Winter sports like snowboarding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing are quite popular in Latvia. Some of the other adventurous activities you can participate here in bobsledding, AK-47 shooting, bungee jumping from a cable car, scenic flights, canoeing, kayaking, go-karting, golfing, paintball, husky dog sledding, and indoor skydiving among others.


    Festivals


    Latvia is known to host wonderful festivals that attract tourists from all over the world. Latvia song and dance festival is one of the key cultural festivals started back in 1873. The festival involves performances like folk dance groups, brass bands etc. Competitions, exhibitions, concerts, parades and joint concerts. This festival is held once in every five years. Other key festivals celebrated here are Saulkrasti Jazz, Country music festival, International Baltic Ballet Festival, Positivus Festival, Jani and International Ice Sculpture Festival among others.


    Beach Activities


    You will find one of the longest sand beaches in Europe in Latvia. Kipsala island, Lucas Salas atp?tas, Saulkrasti and Kolka are some of the beautiful beaches in Latvia where various beach and water sports activities are carried out. Play beach volleyball or indulge in a sand art with your kids, it is always fun to be on a beach and indulge in various forms of sports activities. Engage in water sports activities like scuba diving, windsurfing, snorkeling, swimming and paragliding or go on a boating trip to explore the natural flora and fauna here.


    Birdwatching


    Latvia offers its tourists with several birds watching opportunities. The country's coast, wetlands, and traditionally cultivated farmland are said to attract a large number of interesting and rare species of birds. seabirds, wildfowl and other species of birds often migrate through Pape that is near Liep?ja along the Kurzeme coast. Songbirds and Raptors often take refuge here. Cape Kolka is one of the best spot in Latvia for bird watching. Local tours and travel operators organize bird watching trips for tourists visiting the country.


    Indulge in local cuisine


    Latvia offers plenty of delicious dishes that will surely activate your taste buds. You can try milk products, ice cream, loose sweets made by Laima, pea soup, potatoes, and schnitzels. Latvia also takes cares of the tourists who are health conscious. For them, local fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, wild strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb pie and a crunch made of fresh stalks are some good options to discover. If you wish to indulge in exotic Latvian dishes, then you must surely try the sweet soup made from rye bread. One of the essential parts of Latvian diet is black bread and you can try it out. It is also believed by Latvian people that Latvian chocolate is better than Belgian chocolate so check out for yourself which one you like the most.

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