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Why Travel Latvia ?

 

Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia known for its strong national identity, diverse culture, modern cities and landscapes ranging from wide beaches to dense and sprawling forests. Latvia’s capital is Riga, which is home to museums and churches, notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town.

 

When in Latvia, you should not miss to nod your head at the Basilica of Aglona—a place of pilgrimage for Catholics from all over Latvia. This immense white cathedral near Daugavpils with its twin spires is worth visiting even if you are not religious. Next you should take a stop for some bird-watching in Pape, near Liepaja along the Kurzeme coast, is on the migration route for seabirds, wildfowl and other species. It is also a haven for songbirds and raptors. Cape Kolka is another good spot for bird-watching and also offers the windswept beach, which is a part of the Slitere National Park, is a breathtaking spot where the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga crashes together.

 

For history and monument lovers, Cesis offers old wooden buildings, cobbled streets and attractive churches. One of Latvia's oldest towns, it was first inhabited in the 13th century.

 

Also include in your trip a visit to the Gauja National Park, where one third of all Latvian natural preserves and more than 500 cultural and historical monuments can be found here. The Park is located in Amata, Cesis, Incukalns, Krimulda, Ligatne, Pargauja and Sigulda Regions. A visit to Rundale Palace and Museumand Liepaja—situated in the south-west of Latvia, 220km from Riga, is know as the city of wind. 

 

For shopaholics, Riga is one of the easiest places to find souvenirs and the main market, held inside old zeppelin hangers, is well worth a visit. Sigulda and the surrounding area is good for finding woodwork, while in Cesis visitors should drop by the Smithy of Ancient Jewellery which sells traditional Latvian jewellery.

 

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