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Latvia is a country justly proud of its long tourist traditions. The country also carefully preserves folk traditions and the architectural masterpieces of the Latvian cities. There is the warm shores of the Baltic Sea, dozens of modern resorts, nearly fifty of old castles, the famous amber, hundreds of lakes and springs, as well as many hundreds of square miles of picturesque landscapes. The areas of the Gauja River valley, the banks of the Daugava and Salaca, Vidzeme and Kurzeme coast of the Gulf of Riga, near the village and Ergli Vetspiebalgi, "mountains" and Gaizinkalns Sauleskalns, the urban neighborhood Tukums and Tulsa, the ancient city of Cesis and Kuldiga, the scenic lakes and Esha Reznas - all these places are part of the unique " Baltic Necklace", which gives the country a unique look and beauty.


Latvia is situated in the north-east of Europe, on the east coast of the Baltic Sea. It has borders with Estonia in the east, with Russia in the south and with Belarus and Lithuania . It is washed by the Baltic Sea in the west. The total area is of 64.5 thousand square kilometers. The coastline - 531 km. Most of the country is occupied by plains and lowlands, low hills surrounding the Vidzeme Upland (the highest point - Gaizinkalns, 311 m). About 44% of the country is covered with forests. The territory of Latvia was stretched by quite an extensive network of water - more than three thousand lakes and 12 thousand rivers, which provide good opportunities for active tourism.


Many hotels in Latvia are situated on the Baltic coast. Hotels in Latvia will amaze you with the breadth of the price range and services offered. An inexpensive holiday in Latvia is a journey to a European country with a long history and a high level of service, original architecture and the diversity of cultural life, beautiful nature and business centers - here one will find what looking for. Tours in Latvia will be remembered for a long time: you might want to re-immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the magnificent cathedrals, ancient churches and ornate streets, soak up the high-SPA, to be back at parties and festivals. Buying trips to Latvia, you get a great opportunity to relax, for example, during the SPA-tours as Amber weekend or year-round tour of the Golden Ring in Riga , where you will see many colorful historic sites. Strolling through the streets of Riga you can visit the beautiful and austere Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the Monument of Liberty, the Residence of Peter I, inspect the symbol of Riga - 137-meter tower of the church of St. Peter. Of interest are the church of St. Jacob, the Powder Tower, the Garden Gate Viesturs with the Alexander at the entrance, established in honor of Russian victory over Napoleon. No less interesting museums in Riga are, for example, the famous historical museum, the Museum of Medicine, the Museum of Foreign Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Automotive Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, a collection of buildings XVI-XIX centuries from across the country from the typical wooden churches to windmills. And at the Shopping-Tour in Riga individual travelers must go to the Riga market - the largest market in Europe.


Culture of Latvia


Latvian literature is saturated with rich folkloric traditions. These are folk songs, legends and fairy tales which have begun writing culture. The first significant achievements of Latvian prose of the novel are of brothers Reinis Kaudzit Mathis, and "Seasons of the surveyors' (1879) and Jacob Apsishu stories about the life of the village. The founder of the Latvian drama is A. Alunana. For significant achievements of the national culture is to translate the Bible into the Latvian language, made by Ernst Gluck as well as the release of the first periodical in the Latvian language under the title "The Latvian newspaper" in 1822. In the Soviet period was carried out work aimed at the integration of all national cultures. Many books have been translated by Latvian writers, like the languages of the peoples of the USSR and in foreign languages. Latsis, Kempe, ITES, Sudrabkalna, Mane, Vatsientisa and many other published their works .


Latvian national cuisine


The basis of the Latvian cuisine make putra and milk products in the first place and cheeses. The main products include the national cooking pearl barley, flour, beans, vegetables, potatoes and dairy products. Among meats pork keeps the palm, and after beef, veal and poultry. In the preparation of dishes of national cuisine herring and sprat are widely used. In the ranking of the most popular dishes of Latvian cuisine should be made sour milk and bread soup, also cabbage putra. Putrov is a thick broth, pearl barley boiled in milk, added thereto as meat and fat. Exact scattering of dishes in Latvia are made from cabbage, beet tops, sorrel, fresh and pickled vegetables. The real "favorites" legumes are Latvian table. Worth a try are the dumplings beans or peas with yogurt or boiled peas with cooked bacon.


Economy of Latvia


Constant trading partners of Latvia are the country's neighbors. However, becoming a member of the European Union, the country has expanded its trade horizons. It established cooperation with many European countries, in particular, with Sweden, Britain and Germany. The main export goods of Latvia are: iron and metal, electrical machinery and equipment, lumber, textiles and knitwear, round timber. By the weaknesses of the Latvian economy is the fact that energy is in a state of dependence on imported oil and gas, but it has its own raw material resources available. The country has a high unemployment rate, reaching 15%. All this inevitably turns Latvia in one of the poorest countries in Europe.


Latvia can rightly be called the "pearl" of the Baltic states. This is a country of blue lakes, forests, springs. Among the scenic beauty, Latvia "has registered" dozens of modern resorts. This country has medieval castles, knights' castles, rich history full of beautiful legends. This is a country where past and present go hand in hand. Perhaps that is why Latvia is so attractive to tourists.

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Riga is one of the largest cities in the Baltic Sea. It is not only geographically, but also at cultural crossroads - there your soul may find rest, entertainment and an unforgettable experience for the tourists from the East and the West. No wonder that Riga was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Riga is the purpose of the close of any European city. Riga is easily accessible from the UK a...


Ventspils is Latvia's largest port and a popular holiday destination on the coast. It was the very first Ventspils beach in Latvia receiving the coveted blue flag showing that followed all the rules and the beach meets all EU standards. There is a seaside park, a playground and a water park. Among the architectural monuments of interest in Ventspils Livonian Order Castle is now the Historical Museum which are also worth visiting as t...


Jurmala is the largest seaside resort in the Baltic countries with a long history. The resort town is located 25 km from the capital of Riga and 15 km from Riga International Airport. Jurmala is proud of its unique natural resources, healing mineral waters and peat mud, pine forests, a favorable climate for the health of coastal, dunes and beach, stretching for 32.8 miles. The beach is covered with white q...


Liepaja is an ancient city on the east coast of the Baltic Sea between the sea and the Liepajas Lake. People live here for over 750 years. Liepaja is a musical and a cultural city. Walking along the labyrinths of the Northern forts in the light of torches, it opens a beautiful architecture of the Military Port (Karosta) or exoticism of the former prison, you can inspect the building in the Art Nouveau style in the city center and ...


In the north Latvia borders with Estonia and opens a kaleidoscope of legends of castles, cities and rivers that hold the key to the country's history. Juicy and green (like the rest of the territory of Latvia) - this is its heart, forming the Latvian identity and shaped the modern nation-state of Latvia. Educated and talented thinkers presented legacy of each of the successive tunings to create a true spirit of Latvia. Here follows a...


THE HISTORIC CENTER KULDIGA   Kuldiga is a small attractive town in the Kurzeme region, it is the place where the poets sang all the time and the artists carried on their canvases. Formed in the 17-18 centuries, the center of the city still keeps the old wooden buildings forming small and narrow streets. Now the old town Kuldiga and the red brick brid...

The Rundale Palace

The Rundale Palace (Rundāles pils) is the most famous and probably the most beautiful palace complex in Latvia. The Rundale Palace is located in the southern part of Latvia on the fertile plain of Zemgale, twelve kilometers from Bauska, in the Pilsrundale village. The ensemble of the Rundale Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia and it was built in the period from 1736 to 1740 as...


Daugavpils is the second largest city of Latvia. It is located 200 km from Riga on the banks of the Daugava River on the border with Lithuania and Belarus. The story begins in 1275 when one of the Teutonic Knights built the Dinaburg castle. It was restored in the 19th century. Now it is the only castle in the Baltics, which remained without significant changes. The Contemporary Ensemble creates as home the fortress of buildings in ...


The ancient city of Tukums is situated on the way from Riga to Ventspils. There remained a number of very significant architectural and historical monuments. The main square, Brivibas served urban markets for more than 600 years old. Traders flocked from miles around and even from Riga. Now the area has become a favorite vacation spot of locals and tourists. The Castle Tower is the only thing that remains ...

Anglona Basilica

Aglona Basilica was built in late Baroque style and it is decorated with two towers about 60 meters. Every year on August 15 pilgrims come to Anglona Basilica to celebrate the ascension into heaven of the Virgin Mary. This is one of the most famous holy places in the world. Cruciform vaults, arches, columns, elements of the Rococo richly decorate the interior of the building. ...

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