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The Republic of Latvia is one of the Baltic Sea states in Northern Europe. It's bordered Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and the Baltic Sea. One of the country's main attraction is the capital city, Riga, a World Heritage Site with more than 800 years of history. Visitors can enjoy the wild beauty of Latvia's unspoiled sea coast, 500 km long with mainly of white, soft sandy beaches. Forests cover approximately half of Latvia's landmass so offer amazing nature trails and national parks ideal for hiking and cycling.

Lady walking along a beach on the Baltic Sea enjoying the sunset.
Baltic for Beach Bums

No trip to Riga is complete without a visit to Jūrmala, easily accessible by train in just 30 minutes. Its white sandy beaches backed by native pine forests are just incredible. But a visit to the beach isn't the only activity in Jūrmala. Jomas street is one of the oldest in the village and has great restaurants, summer terraces, hotels, and cafés. The name Jūrmala in Latvian translates to "parallel lines in the sand of dunes". The pedestrian street is just over a kilometer in length and it's worth walking it in its entirety.

This area has one of the most picturesque coastlines on the Baltic Sea with long, deserted sandy beaches, native pine forests and 20 m high sea banks. Jūrkalne village is beautiful and lies approximately 55 km south of Ventspils Port. The area was originally named Felixberg (Happy Mountain) when it was inhabited by German Baltics in the 17th Century but it was renamed Jūrkalne in 1925.

Ventspils Beach
An 80 m wide white sand and dunes that in some places reach a height of 9 m, the Blue Flag Beach in Ventspils stretches for 1.2 km. Adjacent to the main beach is the Southern Pier which has a 19 m observation tower with staggering views over the Baltic region. You can rent surfboards and wetsuits and catch some Baltic waves on the 500 m long specially dedicated Surfers Beach, surf's up dude!

Aerial view of the city of Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Riga, UNESCO World Heritage City

Riga, built on the shore of the Baltic Sea, is Latvia's largest city and its capital. It's the perfect mix of local tradition, rich history and edgy coolness.

With a long and tempestuous history dating back over 800 years, Riga has been invaded and sacked by German Cavaliers, Swedish Monarchs and Soviet Communists all of which have left theit own unique imprint on the city. In this day and age, Latvia’s capital is an exciting European Capital right at the crossroads of where East meets Northern Europe.

Architecturally, Riga’s is a hidden gem with one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau building lining grand boulevards and it is because of this that the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1997. Wander through the cobblestone street sampling delicious coffee, beers and local cuisine, explore the wealth of Gothic Spires, take in majestic river views in Europe’s Wifi Capital, there's almost 1,000 free hot-spots to get online!

Misty mountain scene at sunrise in the Vidzeme Region North Latvia.

Visit the Vidzeme Province in the North of Latvia where the Gauja valley, shaped by the River Gauja is the dominant feature in the region. The area has the largest concentration of castles, not only in Latvia but also in Eastern Europe. Explore dozens of stone castles and ancient castle ruins, ride along winding country roads through rolling hills, river gorges and valleys on the banks of the Gauja river.

The magnificent Sigulda Castle, built on a hilltop in the 13th, Century commands breathtaking views across the region is the perfect place learn about the country's history and maybe even catch one of the outdoor concert in the summer months.

The region is also the perfect place to visit for those who are hungry to experience more extreme outdoor recreation like trail running, mountain biking, hiking, rock-climbing, canyoning, road and mountain biking.

Close up picture of the gold domes of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral in Lliepaja, West Latvia.

Beautifully located between the Baltic Sea and the shores of Lake Liepāja, the city has a rich history of art and culture. There is a wealth of events all year round, such as exhibitions by local artists, performances by internationally renowned artists, classical music concerts and huge beach festivals.

North of the city, Karosta was built as a naval base for the Russian Tsar Alexander III between 1890-1906. It later served as a base for the Soviet Baltic Fleet at the height of Russian communist rule. It's now become a popular destination for tourists and artists alike due to its unique sights like scenic seascapes with partially blasted fortresses on the Baltic shore.

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral
Built in the heart of the town circa 1900 based on designs made by V. Kosyakovin in the style of 17th century traditional Russian churches with a central dome representing Christ with 4 smaller domes representing the four evangelists on . The cornerstone was laid in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Like Riga, Liepāja has great transportation links via air, land, and sea. Stena Line ferries make several crossings a week to and from the city of Travemünde in Northern Germany. If you are visiting the city on a sailing trip by yacht you can berth in the Trade Canal at the very heart of the city!