Latvia is a small beautiful country located on the Baltic sea between Lithuania in the south and Estonia in the North as well as Russia and Belarus to the east of the Country. Latvia offers a wide range of sights to see from beautiful churches, deserted beaches to lush green woods and fast flowing rivers.
With the introduction of low cost carriers this country has developed over the past few years into a wonderful tourist destination offering a wide range of accommodation as well as many activities for all the family. Riga the capital of Latvia makes for a perfect city break destination with only a 2 hour 10 minute flying time from London.
What to do in Latvia
The Riga the capital of Lativa offers a fantastic city break option for a short trip to the country. However there is a lot more to see and do. Try out Latvia for Cycling trips, Mountain tours, Hunting and fishing, spas and Health farms as well as visiting palaces, castles and churches.
Latvia is an ideal choice for a family holiday with many accommodation options from luxury hotels to campsites near the coast of Jumala. go for Family cycle rides or horse back riding through the forests. In the winter visit the Christmas Markets in the capital city of Riga and soak up the cold Christmas Atmosphere.
Food and Drink in Latvia
Latvia food has had many international influences over the past years but typically includes food such as rye bread, porridge, root vegetables, meat such as; pork, chicken, fish, wild game and dairy products.
If Beer is your drink then check out the Bauska Brewery where they Brew their own beer on site.
If you are a lover of fish then you will be in for a treat with the many fish dishes and restaurants to choose from, in particular in the city of Riga.
When to go to Lativa
Latvia is a year round destination for city breaks. However if you wish to enjoy the beaches or countryside of Latvia, the best time to visit is between June and September when the temperature is above 15 degrees and can hit highs of 30 in the months of July and August. The first frost arrives in Autum and by December when winter arrives the lakes and reservoirs are frozen.
How to get to Latvia
The Riga international airport has many flights from all over Europe. From the UK you can benefit from the low cost carriers such as Ryanair
There is always the option to drive to Latvia and below we have some tips on driving in Latvia or the option to rent a car if flying to Riga International airport.
Where to Stay in Latvia
There are many hotels to choose from in the Latvia city center from small budget accommodation to larger more modern upmarket hotels such as the Grand Palace Hotel Latvia or the beautiful Spa boutique hotel in Jurmala near the coast , in the TB Palace Hotel Jurmala Latvia
Car Hire in Latvia
There are many car hire companies in Latvia offering car hire from locations in town to the main airport of Riga Airport. If you would like a price for car hire please call or email for your personal quotation.
Driving is on the right hand side of the road in Latvia. Speed limits are 30 to 50kph in Urban areas with 60 to 90KPH on dual carriage ways and 112kph on divided motorways.
Motorists must drive with their headlights on at all times 24 hours of the day. It is illegal to sound the car horn in towns and villages. Driving fines must be paid at the bank in Estonia and Latvia but in Lithuania fines are paid on the spot.
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