One of the three Baltic states, Latvia is sandwiched between neighbouring Lithuania and Estonia. The cosmopolitan capital of Riga is the largest of the Baltics, and sometimes referred to as the unofficial capital of all states – and it is well worth a visit. Wander the cobbled streets of the Old Town, dotted with fairy-tale buildings and prime art nouveau architecture, boasting the best examples in Europe. Explore Riga Castle, medieval Riga Cathedral, and gothic St Peter’s Cathedral, which offers unlimited views of the city from its 72-metre high steeple.
Other sights near to the capital include the beaches of Jurmala, the Gauja National Park and the Aglona Basilica which thousands of pilgrims visit each year.
The capital of Latvia is home to well-restored buildings which showcase the historical importance of the city. The old quarter has numerous magnificent museums and churches, and along with an attractive nightlife, is a popular place for visitors.
This palace was built in 1740 for the Duke of Courland. Accompanying the fine examples of baroque and rococo art and architecture are elaborate gardens and magnificent halls. The museum showcases Latvian history.
On the 15th of August every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims converge on Aglona Basilica to commemorate the assumption of the Virgin Mary. The late baroque church set amongst the rolling hills of eastern Latvia is also a beautiful place to visit any other time of the year.
Latvia's largest national park frames part of the Gauja river beautifully and is particularly noted for its sandstone cliffs, which are up to 90 metres high.
With long beaches of fine, white sand, Jurmala is a popular resort town to relax, but also offers various recreational activities.
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