The landscape of Latvia is a fascinating tapestry of endless beaches, vast green forests, and skylines that tell stories of times gone by. Situated along the coast of the Baltic Sea, this small country is layered with history and culture, thanks to the various regional powers like Germany and Soviet Union that once occupied this land over the years. Art Nouveau architecture is found in all its glory, in the cosmopolitan capital city of Riga.
Best time to visit Latvia
Latvia experiences a European continental climate with warm summers and severe winters. The best time to visit this Baltic country would be in late spring and summer, from May to September. The weather remains warm during this time, perfect for outdoor activities. The countryside is adorned with many brilliant blooms, making for stunning sceneries.
How to reach Latvia
Riga International Airport is the major airport in Latvia. It serves as the hub of the national airline, AirBaltic. Regular flights to Latvia are available from major cities around the globe. There are more than 100 weekly connecting flights to Riga from New Delhi. Top airlines flying on this route include Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Jet Airways
, British Airways
, and Air France.
Where to stay in Latvia
Many high-end accommodation are available in Latvia in the form of international chains and boutique hotels. The capital city of Riga has many spa hotels, family-run guesthouses and dormitories, as well as 5-star and 4-star hotels. Countryside accommodation in Latvia comes in the form of charming cottages or farm-stays near thick forests or beautiful lakes. Camping out is another interesting way to spend your holiday in Latvia. Accommodation usually ranges from INR 3,000 to INR 15,000.
Places to visit in Latvia
From the Art Nouveau architecture of Riga and endless beaches of Jurmala, to the vast forests and medieval castles of Sigulda, there is a lot to see and do in Latvia.
The capital city of Riga is well-known for its collection of Art Nouveau architecture, a style unique to Europe from the late 17th century to early 20th century. The medieval Old Town is a pedestrian-only place, a masterpiece in architecture and the historical center of Riga. St. Peter’s Church, Freedom Monument, Nativity Cathedral, Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, National Museum of Art, Vermanes Garden, and the Museum of Occupation of Latvia are some of the prominent places of interest.
The resort town of Jurmala is famous for its spas and beaches. Just 25 km away from Riga, this town has a warm climate perfect for lazing around on the beaches. Once you have had your fill of beachside activities, set out to explore the pine forests, modern recreation centers, and various art exhibitions around Jurmala. A stroll along the famous Jomas Street gives you a glimpse of enchanting wooden cottages and Art Nouveau edifices. Jurmala also has many wooden architectural heritage items that are of historic significance.
Rundale Palace and Museum, Gauja National Park, Turaida Museum Reserve, old towns of Cesis and Kuldiga are some of the other interesting places to visit.
What to buy in Latvia
Souvenirs from Latvia are known for their beauty. Delicate jewelry made from amber would make for pretty gifts for dear ones. Elaborate sets of Latvia’s famous herbal drink, Black Balsam, are interesting keepsakes from your holiday in this country. Unpolished antique materials, old books written in German and Russian, Art Nouveau souvenirs, leather goods, pottery items, and honey are some of the other interesting items you can purchase from Latvia.
What to eat in Latvia
Latvian cuisine is quite hearty and filling. Red meat and seafood feature prominently in many of the dishes. Some of the must-try dishes of Latvian cuisine include Kotletes, Zupa, Alexander Torte, Piragi, Rasols, janu siers, Karbonade, and Kartupelu Pankukas.
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