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Latvia, sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, is rife with history, legends and myths that are little known outside the Baltics. Cobbled streets, picture-perfect painted houses and three medieval Old Towns with World Heritage status are amongst the treasures to uncover

Riga is the biggest city in the Baltics and a fascinating place to spend time; stroll the World Heritage-listed medieval Old Town, trawl the massive central market, discover Gothic, Baroque, Classical and Art Nouveau buildings, climb St Peter's Church for stunning views and then retreat to the charming candle-lit bars and atmospheric night spots.

Away from the capital, relax on the pleasant stretch of sand and dunes at Jurmala, nicknamed the Pearl of Latvia. Lined with pine trees, the resort comprises 12 small villages and stretches along the Gulf of Riga; swimmers stay in the water late during the summer courtesy of the Midnight Sun. Elsewhere, Cape Kolka on the Livonian Coast is a wilderness of sea, sand, beaches and pine forests that's home to the remaining Livonian people, of whom there are less than 200 in Latvia.

The town of Kuldiga, founded by German knights in the thirteenth century, is the access point for exploring the Riezupe sand caves in the summer and enjoying winter sports the rest of the year. Latvia's highest waterfall, Ventas Rumba, and the spectacular Sigulda Castle are also close by. The most elegant property though is the eighteenth century Rundale Palace, which fuses Baroque and Rococo styles.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2½ hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Latvian lat (Ls) = 100 santims


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Oceania's Scandinavian Treasures

11-day luxury cruise from £2,375 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Book by: 31 March 2018

Wrap up the Scandinavian capitals, the city belles of the Baltic and St. Petersburg all in one luxury cruise, enjoying full-board dining at some of the finest restaurants at sea.

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Top itineraries in Latvia

Riga city break

4-day itinerary

The beautiful city of Riga is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Northern Europe. Renowned for its impressive Art Nouveau architecture, Riga's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is one of Europe's most important cultural sites.

Classic cities of the Baltics

8-day itinerary

This superb eight-day escorted tour takes in the capital cities of three very different Baltic countries: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Riga's Christmas Markets

4-day tailor-made city break from £465 pp incl. flights

Explore the colourful Christmas markets of Latvia's capital. Local handicrafts, handmade decorations, candles, and ornate glassware are just some of the items for sale while mulled wine, gingerbreads and tasty Latvian sausage provide the refreshments on this four-day festive break.

Europe's Christmas Markets


Europe's Christmas markets draw millions of visitors each and every year and with good reason. Handmade gifts, carol singers, locally produced festive food and a glass or two of spiced mulled wine make a visit to any of the continent's renowned Christmas markets a truly magical experience.

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Latvia articles

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  • Undiscovered Europe

    Europe is a firm favourite with travellers, and it may seem that there's nowhere left to discover. That, however, is simply untrue. Venture off-the-beaten-track, and you'll be rewarded with a wealth of undiscovered destinations, each with their own rich and idiosyncratic culture, history and custom…

  • Europe's alternative Christmas markets

    Wexas Channel Editor Luke McCormick takes a look at some of Europe's lesser-known Christmas markets, as well as a few favourites.

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