Latvia is usually mentioned in the same breath along with its neighbors, Lithuania and Estonia. This Baltic country has only slightly more inhabitants than Warsaw. It is certainly the perfect destination for nature fans . Naturally valuable areas occupy a large part of Latvia. The most important ones include the Gauja National Park or the meanders of the Daugava River next to Daugavpils . However, the truth is that most tourists visit Latvia mainly to visit Riga . The Latvian capital is a thoroughly interesting and… party city. Being in this country, it is also worth visiting the local coast . Jurmala - the main seaside resort of Latvia - is in the lead here. Two interesting and beautifully situated cities, Liepaja and Ventspils , also deserve attention.
What to visit in Latvia?
If you like sightseeing, start your stay in Latvia from Riga . In the capital, you will find a large number of monuments and museums, including a maple of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw or the fascinating Automobile Museum, which attracts people from all over the world. The Gauja River is also definitely worth a visit. Numerous castle ruins can be found in the national park, which covers a large part of it. Daugavpils with its amazing fortress is also recommended for a walk and sightseeing. You will also like Rundale , which is known as the "Baltic Versailles".
Beaches in Latvia
The most beautiful, but also the most crowded beaches can be found next to Jurmala . It is the main resort of Latvia, which can experience a real tourist siege during the season. However, it is not the only remarkable coastal city in Latvia. Liepaja and Ventspils are also recommended for relaxation and sightseeing. However, if you would like to find quiet and intimate places, then go to places away from the above-mentioned cities. Then, even in the height of the summer season, you have the chance to enjoy empty beaches.
Nightlife in Latvia
It cannot be denied that the most partying point on the map of Latvia is, of course, Riga . The capital offers both numerous discos and slightly quieter pubs. Although there are many unfavorable opinions about Riga's nightlife, with common sense you can have a really good time there without losing all your assets. You can also find some atmospheric bars in Daugavpils . In summer, however, a lot is also happening in Jurmala.
National parks of Latvia
The most beautiful natural areas of Latvia are concentrated around… water. First of all, the Gauja National Park , which is the largest and oldest protected area in this country, deserves attention. It is centered around the river of the same name, near which you can find numerous cliffs and caves. An interesting proposition is also Daugavas loki , i.e. meanders of the Daugava River. In search of beautiful views and nature, it is also worth going to the coast to stroll along the beautiful beaches.
Off the trail in Latvia
Generally, apart from Riga and Jurmala, Latvia is not heavily crowded with tourists. So many places in this country can be connected to the slogan "off the trail". However, if you are looking for somewhat less popular places, then definitely go to Rundale , located on the southern border of the country, and to Cesis , famous for its mighty ruins of a medieval castle.