The land of Latvia has been inhabited for over 5,500 years and was controlled by various foreign powers throughout its history including Prussia, Russia, and then the Soviet Union. Today it is an independent, democratic nation that is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Baltic.
Latvia’s capital city is Riga, which is the largest and most popular city for tourists. Riga boasts a stunning historic old town full of cobblestoned streets lined with cafés and restaurants as well as world-renowned Art Nouveau architecture. It also has a lively nightlife scene and is home to several excellent museums such as the Latvian National Museum. Other major cities include Liepāja and Ventspils.
Those wishing to explore Latvia’s natural beauty should make sure to visit Gauja National Park located in the northerly region of Vidzeme (or Livland) where you can find forests, rolling hills and the beautiful Gauja river running through it. The park also has many historical sites such as Turaida Castle and Sigulda Treetop Walk, making it a must-see for anyone wanting to experience the beauty of Latvia’s countryside.
Latvia has many activities for tourists to choose from such as skiing in Sigulda or bird watching in Kuldīga during winter. During summer, visitors may take part in sailing or kayaking on Lake Rāzna or beach volleyball on Jūrmala’s Dzintari beach. Alternatively, visitors can experience traditional Latvian culture by visiting some of its many festivals (such as Latvians' National Day) or by exploring its historic manor houses.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, Latvia has something to offer everyone who visits! So why not come explore this wonderful country in northern Europe today?