Latvia is a Baltic country, with all the iconic features of a country built along the Baltic Sea coastline.
If you venture to visit the Baltic countries, don’t miss any of them. They are special in every single way.
Civilization began here more than 3,000 years ago. Fearless, resistant and loyal, Latvians managed to protect their Baltic identity despite Swedish, Polish and Russian campaigns.
Latvia is an oasis of forests (more than half of the country is covered in forests), white sand beaches (over 500 km of them), and medieval history. In recent years, Latvia has developed a modern perspective and started to take advantage of its romantic history, picturesque landscape and good taste. Not many people know that the inventor of denim, Jacob Davis was born in Latvia!
Visit Riga, the biggest and probably the most beautiful of the Baltic cities. With an old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Art Nouveau architecture and the Gothic spire of St’s Peter Church, Riga is breathtaking. Riga is colourful and fresh like the sea air. It is full of museums, concert halls, pedestrian areas and water sports opportunities. Also, people are tall, very tall. Latvia has the tallest women in the world.
Wooden buildings dating back to the 19th Century can be seen in Riga and also in Jurmala, the most popular seaside resort in the country. Jurmala has been popular for more than 200 years. It is the favourite place of artists and seaside enthusiasts, but also of nature lovers as it is situated near a natural park. Wild forests and endless beaches are complemented by the widest waterfall in Europe, Ventas Rumba in Kuldīga.
If you want to really understand Latvia, you have to learn as much as possible about its history. Visit Karosta Prison, the only military prison open to tourists. You can sleep in a cell, as Karosta Prison offers accommodation like a regular hotel. If a prison is too much for you, Latvia also offers a night in a castle. Jaunpils Castle is a museum, hotel and carnival host.
Latvia is a great place to visit and enjoy although it will probably be much colder than you expect. You won’t understand a word of what people say, but you’ll be amazed by its nature and arts. You’ll find happy people who are modern, athletic and dedicated to nature. The salty air of the North is strong and harsh, but it shapes the most wonderful people.
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