With stunning cities and a vibrant culture, Lativa is the perfect destination if you're seeking something new. Get some inspiration from this list for your next exciting adventure.
Celebrate a Latvian Midsummer
Midsummer, or Ligo, is the biggest celebration in Latvia. Participate in this traditional festival by staying up all night on 23 June, joining the locals around a bonfire. With food and drink, wildflower wreaths and singing, it's a beautiful way to celebrate the summer.
Relax in the Town Hall Square, Riga
Latvia's capital is a treasure chest of beautiful buildings and heritage, with the Town Hall Square directly in the centre. Sit for a while to admire the stunning House of the Blackheads and the Town Hall, before heading into the Occupation Museum to learn about the city's recent past.
Jump for a photo, Jauniela
Jauniela is one of the prettiest streets in Riga, with multi-coloured buildings lining the curved road. Look up to spot the flower boxes hugging the decorated fronts, before heading to one of the many cafés along this cobbled stretch.
Have dinner in the Ligatne Bunker
Fancy dinner somewhere unusual? Check out the Ligatne Bunker restaurant to try Soviet-era food in a secret government bunker. Learn about the bunker's former uses, before emerging back into the sunlight.
See Sigulda Castle
Sigulda is the ideal day trip from Riga with its castle complex. Visit both the medieval and New Castle for two very different perspectives, before exploring more of the Gauja Valley to see some equally beautiful sights.
Row on Rāzna Lake
As part of the Rāzna National Park, Rāzna Lake is a stunning expanse of natural beauty. Hire a rowing boat or join a group sailing expedition to discover these waters.
Tour the Turaida Museum Reserve
With its fairytale castle and sweeping surroundings, Turaida certainly lives up to its meaning of 'God's garden'. Visit red-brick Turaida Castle, the Folk Song Garden and the other buildings of this unique reserve to uncover the wealth of Latvia's history.
See the Sauna Museum
If you're the kind of person to head straight to the sauna in a spa, we've got just the place for you. The quirky Sauna Museum just outside of Riga displays a variety of different types of saunas and (of course) allows guests to try them. Don't forget a towel!
Visit the Old Believers, Slutiski
Sitting on the banks of the Daugava River, the quaint village of Slutiski is home to one of Latvia's religious communities. Visit the Old Believers' House to find out more about this religious movement and its importance in the Daugavpils area of the country.
Relax in Jūrmala
Jūrmala is Latvia's resort town, located just west of Riga. With its sandy beach, spa facilities and summer festival, this is a popular destination to escape the city heat. With hiking, museums and aquaparks, there's something for everyone, and it's a great way to see local life at its finest.
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