Latvia Holidays

A lively land of rolling plains, deep forests and fun-loving locals View All Latvia Holidays

Peter Wybrow
Latvia Travel Specialist

Latvia definitively shook off decades of isolation as part of the Soviet Union by declaring independence in 1991 and becoming a member of the European Union in 2004. Here travellers encounter a country and find a lively culture which embraces its new-found freedoms and exhibits a fun-loving side and a passion for the outdoors.

Travellers to Latvia discover a serene land of rolling plains, inhabited by quiet dairy farmlands and covered in dense forests, pocked by old fortresses. Latvia holidays begin in Riga, a capital city decorated with red brick Gothic buildings and a rich collection of Art Noveau architecture. Riga is small but busy and attractive enough to be a perfect contender for a short city break, while the rest of Latvia is well-connected by road and suited to fly-drive holidays.

The seaside suburb of Jurmala stretches along the coast to the west of  Riga. It offers locals an escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital, and tourists the chance to sample the beaches of the Baltics and see how the locals spend their down-time. Latvia is easily combined with the other Baltic States, Estonia and Lithuania.

Regent Latvia Specialist

Jonathan Moffat

Jonathan Moffat
Latvia Travel Specialist
Latvia has come into its own since the fall of the Soviet Union, of which it was part from the end of World War 2 until 1991. As an introduction to the country, we suggest first-time visitors start their trip in the capital Riga, perhaps an obvious choice, but one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the region, sat on the banks of the Daugava River. Here you can learn about the complex history of the country, whilst admiring the architecture and enjoy a coffee and people-watching in Konventa Seta.

Jonathan's Tips
If visiting at Christmas try the Lido Restaurant, with its ice-rink and excellent Latvian buffet.
For birdwatchers, Lake Engure is one of the best places to head to and the entire region has beautiful countryside.
Latvians love their variety of breads. Try ista rupjmaize, a speciality dark rye bread, at the Jelgava Maiznieks bakery.

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