Where to go on Holiday


Where To Go On Holiday In Latvia

Nestled in the Baltic region of Europe, Latvia was hailed "the continent's next A-list star" by Lonely Planet in 2009. Most flights from the UK will land you in Riga, the country's capital. With a buzzy atmosphere, great nightlife and a plethora of stunning art-nouveau buildings, Riga makes for a super city break or as the base for further exploration.

Latvian summers are warm, whilst spring and autumn are both relatively mild. Winter can be pretty bleak though, so only visit at this time of year if you don't mind severe snow-storms and a biting Baltic wind.

Away from Riga, you will discover historic villages, sandy beaches and world heritage sites. Lativa's long and complex history (including Nazi occupation and ongoing disputes with Russia) means there are many cultural influences that shine through in the country's cuisine, architecture and festivals. It makes for a tantalising yet unpretentious voyage.

"Best Enjoyed Slowly" is the Latvian Tourist Board's moto - and who are we to argue? Whilst Riga is an frenetic and vibrant experience, if you have time to explore more of the countryside you will stumble across small farms and villages that look like time has stood still.

Latvia's tourist attractions are simply world class - and our favourites include Aglona Basilica, Gauja National Park and Turaida Museum Reserve. If you're after more strenuous activities you can try your hand at crayfish catching, game hunting of even having a go at Latvia's national sport, ice hockey.