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Situated on the shores of the Baltic in Northern Europe, Latvia is known in tourism circles for its lively capital: Riga. It is a beautiful city and is no longer as high up on the stag-do radar as it once was – to the relief of many locals. It has old-world grandeur in abundance, with a clutch of churches and cathedrals creating a unique skyline crammed that is dominated by domes and spires. Sitting on the River Daugava and with a wealth of parkland, it is certainly a pleasant place to spend a few nights. Book car hire in Riga and you can make day trips to medieval castles, forests criss-crossed by nature trails, and the pleasant beaches of the Bay of Riga.
Latvia is traditional, handsome, and some might say truer to its roots than some of the tourist hotspots in neighbouring countries. Tour a wild coastline that hasn’t been heavily developed, visit charming towns that retain a keen sense of tradition, and taste an array of interesting dishes that have been served up in the Baltic region for centuries.
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To be close to the major attractions of Riga, book hotels in and around the historic heart of the city, known as Vecriga, or Old Riga/Old Town. There are grand, traditional hotels as well as more modern design ones, plus international chain hotels from the likes of Radisson Blu and Best Western.
Daugavpils is another popular city destination in Latvia. Situated in the south of the country, near the borders with Lithuania and Belarus, the city is charming, green and home to a clutch of interesting attractions and monuments. Hotels are mostly traditional guesthouses or clean and basic business hotels.
On the shores of the Baltic Sea, Liepaja is Latvia’s city of music. It also has a terrific beach and a good collection of hotels, from budget hostels to five-star, luxury hotels by the sea.
The highest demand for accommodation in Latvia comes during the busy summer months, when long, warm days draw crowds to cities and beaches. It is essential to book early during this peak season to secure your room at the best possible rate.
With an astounding back-catalogue of historic sights, Latvia is a very interesting place to visit...
Top five attractions
One of the most dominant features on Riga’s skyline is the towering Freedom Monument, which has stood between Old Riga and the city centre since 1935 and is guarded throughout the day.
St Peter’s Church
Originally built in 1209 and subsequently restored several times, St Peter’s is one of the most important and iconic buildings in Latvia. It costs about €2 to visit, and €7 to go up the tower, but the view over Riga is a fine reward.
The sounds, the smells, the sights… Spend a little time just wandering around this mesmerising maze of mayhem and you’ll quickly get an insight into the very heart and soul of Latvia.
This delightful refuge in the centre of Daugavpils is a great place to escape the heat of summer and enjoy a picnic before a peaceful stroll. At night, the park’s fountains are illuminated.
To the north and south of the coastal city of Liepaja, you can explore a series of abandoned WWII forts. The eerie defences were designed to repel a Nazi invasion and, according to local legend, there are a series of mysterious secret passages yet to be discovered.
From traditional ceremonies to exciting annual celebrations, Latvia has a host of events for all ages...
Independence Day; May: Flag waving, feasting and dancing are the mainstays of the party that engulfs the country on this day.
Daugavpils City Festival; June: A huge programme of festivities greets any visitor lucky enough to be in Daugavpils when the city celebrates its foundation with arts and entertainments on every corner.
Riga City Festival; August: The biggest annual event in Riga sees the city’s streets turned into a huge party with parades and performances across the region.