Latvia remains currently undiscovered as a tourist destination. The ancient cathedrals and dense forests are not so crowded with tourists. This Baltic country will offer you a quiet getaway if you want to have a happy time. It is surrounded by four countries.
Latvia is famous for being a much-used trade route of the Vikings. The Latgale region has Russia in the northeast and Belarus on the south. The Vidzeme area has Estonia on the north and the Zemgale region of Latvia on the south. Zemgale shares a long border with Lithuania. The Riga area has a Baltic coastline on the north of the country. The coast continues on the eastern side of Latvia.
The temperature can be freezing in the months of January and February. June is an excellent time to visit the country.
Riga is the capital. It isn’t just an urban city, it also has a history of eight hundred years waiting to be told. It is the best destination for tourists. The Dome Cathedral is not only a fabulous example of Gothic architecture. It also offers concerts of wonderful organ music, some of the best in Europe. If you have never heard the organ, you should definitely give it a try. There is a big chance, this music will take you to the very depths of your soul!
Another city which comes you may want to visit is the city of music and wind, Liepaja. You can enjoy the white beaches and local music on a windy day. If you change your mind and decide to visit Latvia in winter, then Madona is the first place you should go. It is the winter destination of the country since t has fantastic winter sports options.
Sigulda is a small town perched outside Riga. It is studded with enchanting castles. Do you want to have a dip? You must head to Livu Akvaparks. It is a busy hub for water sports lovers.
Getting around is not a big chore in Latvia. Airways connect the important cities. But if you want to explore the real essence of the country and visit small towns, trains are the answer. They are cheap and spacious, provided it is not a busy day in summer. Buses and bikes can also be a good means of transport. Some places like Riga offer you cruise travel to Jurmala also. See if you can book a ticket.
Latvian is spoken by most of the population. But you can communicate in English with the people of Riga. Elder people speak Russian very well. The Latvian are not as opposed to this language, as the Lithuanians. However, the young generation, although still understanding Russian, speaks English much better.
The official currency is Euro. The currency exchange is available in bureaus de change, throughout main cities and towns. All international credit cards are acceptable and ATMs are available widely.
Taxis are plentiful and easy to flag down in cities. Just make sure the meter is running. Also, in major cities, you can hire a car. The minimum age for hiring is 21. Roads are generally in good condition. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.
In Latvia, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as almost everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
August 10, 2016 12:00 am 1 Comment