Which coastal places to visit in Latvia

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 in Latvian guide | No Comments »

If you love sea and beaches, Latvia is first place to come in Baltic states :) Our coast is an endless beach almost 500 km long. Here’s an idea for a trip along Latvian coast line. If you land by plane in Riga, best place to start your trip would be Ainaži (125km from Riga to North, couple hours with bus, less than 2 hours with car). And now you would head back all along the coast.

Latvia coast

These would be recommended stops:

Ainaži (start) – pier as a border between Latvia and Estonia, meadows next to sea, small city.

Salacgrīva – a quick walk around the town, nothing much to see here, couple medium sized shopping centers, cafes.

Tuja – small village, but lots to see, old brick factory, cafes, campings (RV/caravan friendly, showers, etc), old pier, small caves (and yes, i live there, just drop me a message when advice needed or just to say hi: @helmuts).

Saulkrasti – small city stretching along coast, walk around, eat, shop groceries, better rent a bike, kite boarding, ski doo.

Vecāķi and/or Jūrmala (both beaches are similar, Jurmala just has lots of more people and shops) – walk, cafes, shop (in Jurmala), nude beach (in Vecaki) – watch the map, they’re on opposite sides of river Daugava, better use GPS navigation to get to Vecaki, or follow signs to Jurmala after you’re through Riga.

Engure / Mērsrags / Roja – small towns nex to sea, quick pit stops, buy and eat fish, try some deviations off the main road, maybe something interesting for you.

Kolka (Kolkas rags) – where the two seas meet, small village, lots of folks, park and walk, interesting place.

Ventspils – city with lots of cafes, hotels, restaurants, water park, lots to do here, you decide.

Jūrkalne / Pāvilosta – stop at Jūrkalne, enjoy the view on sea from high shore, eat, stay with tent; Pavilosta has tourist info center and something to see/eat.

Liepāja – city with lots again to see, eat, drive around, Soviet military objects and bunkers (“Ziemeļu forti”,”Karosta”), i recommend to stay in Fontaine Royal hotel; search for small amber pieces along the coast (better in wilder places out of cities, but beware of phosphorus).

Pape (Rucava) (finish) – nature park next to sea, birds, wild horses, animals.

Remember, you can always stop via this route if you see something interesting or worth the snapshot, Latvia is safe country! Don’t hesitate to wander off and on the highway, just pay attention to road signs where you can and can’t park.

Best time to visit Latvian beaches is June, July, August, the water temperature will be fine to swim.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Investing in Latvia

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 in Latvia, Media, Money | Comments Off on Investing in Latvia

Why should you invest in Latvia?
Watch this short video, a great example about positive sides of Latvian economy!

Temperature in Riga

Sunday March 31st, 2013 in Latvia | Comments Off on Temperature in Riga

Weather in Riga is still like winter! Temperatures drop below minus at night, and about +3 degrees Celsius by day. Parks and forests full of snow and icy pathways.

Local forecast says it’s going to be like that for couple more weeks. Yes, April ain’t no spring time here in Riga :D

Currently bay of Riga is full of ice, yes, ice. And it will melt slooooooooooooooow…

But hey, come visit Riga in May, i hope the spring will blow hot air!!!

Riga City Camping season

Saturday March 30th, 2013 in Latvia, Money | Comments Off on Riga City Camping season

Riga City Camping season starts in May!

Camping in Kipsala, Riga, will be open from May 15 to September 15.
Showers, citchen, tents, campers (RVs) right next to the city center.

Riga camping

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Latvia image

Saturday March 30th, 2013 in Latvia | Comments Off on Latvia image

Image of Latvia on map:
Latvia

Original image was created somewhere in 2008 and now has been republished into many websites and blogs.

Where is Latvia? Show this to your friends!

Saturday September 15th, 2012 in Latvia | Comments Off on Where is Latvia? Show this to your friends!

Show this picture to your friends, when they ask “Where is Latvia?”!

This picture, made by me years ago, is third on Google Images when searching “Latvia”

Latvia on map

And now it was even “featured” on Facebook, thanks to Baiba Plume for sharing image there :)

Latvia

GULAG in Latvian history

Monday March 26th, 2012 in Latvia, News | No Comments »

In 1949 March 25 Soviet authorities deported thousands of Latvians to Siberia and other camps in Soviet Union.

Coastal Surf” (операция “Прибой”) was the code name for Soviet mass deportations from the three Baltic states on March 25–28, 1949.

Please watch this short clip about the injustice and horror of the failed USSR communist system.

March 25, 1949. Latvia’s Darkest Day:

And here’s a good presentation about “Operation Priboi”:

Accommodation in Riga with Airbnb

Sunday February 12th, 2012 in Latvia, Money | Comments Off on Accommodation in Riga with Airbnb

You can search accommodation in Riga with Airbnb – lots of appartments, rooms, houses or even villas to choose from!

Accommodation Riga

Try searching right now, enter “Riga”, and click “Search”:

Airbnb has now gained a trusted base of users and homeovners from Latvia.

Ice has moved from Vecaki, Latvia

Sunday February 12th, 2012 in Latvia | Comments Off on Ice has moved from Vecaki, Latvia

The bay of Riga was coverd with ice, but now it seems to be moving pretty fast.

Just couple days ago from Vecaki beach all you could see was endless sheet of ice. Not today, it’s now gone and open water is here again.

Vecaakos ledus ir aizgajis jura on Twitpic

Hotel deals Riga

Saturday January 14th, 2012 in Latvia | Comments Off on Hotel deals Riga

If you’re hunting for best prices when traveling, check out our hotel offers in Riga, Latvia.

We’re partners of the largest accommodation database in Europe, that gives us opportunity to publish practicaly the best prices for a bed or room in Riga.

You can search hotel in Riga by its name, address (via Google map), ratings, stars, and feedback left by other travelers just like you.

New offers on accommodation in Riga every week, heads up!

Flight deals to Riga, Latvia

Thursday January 12th, 2012 in Latvia | Comments Off on Flight deals to Riga, Latvia

Aviobiļetes is a travel blog dedicated to cheap flight tickets to Riga.

If you’re coming to Riga and searching for flight deals, check out the site, maybe some deals will be right for you!

The site is in Latvian, but you can use Google translate, or just browse around and pretty understand what fares are offered.

Riga International Airport has increase in passengers every year, thanks to tourists coming to Riga and other Latvian places.

Thanks for visiting us!

Hostels in Riga and Old Town Riga

Monday September 12th, 2011 in News | No Comments »

There’s now many hostels in Riga, Latvia.

You can search best price among about fifty hostels in Riga here.

Things to keep in mind, when searching for Riga hostel:

– hostels in Old Town are your best choice, if you have couple days and want to see everything quickly (Old Town is in the heart of Riga, with all the clubs, pubs, restaurants and places to see).

– many hostels have other services like bike rental, pub, etc.

– do they have a free wi-fi.

In case you had no time to reserve hostel via internet, i’m sure you’ll find one with free spots just by walking around Old Town Riga.

If you have questions, don’t hasitate to ask here via comment form!

Latvian Weather Forecast for 2011 Summer

Thursday July 7th, 2011 in Latvia | Comments Off on Latvian Weather Forecast for 2011 Summer

May to August we have summer in Latvia, but it’s not as hot as summers in Germany or sunny as summers in England.

We have a lots of cloudy and rainy days during summer. But we also have many hot days with clear blue skies and temperatures near +30 Celsius.

If you travel to Latvia in summer, Google for weather forecast in your destination cities, or go to “Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre” website here (it gives weather forecast in Riga and Latvia for the next 5 days).

The forecast is in Latvian language, but you can understand everything by clicking on dates above the map (day forecast is “Diena”, night forecast is “Nakts”).

Also you can see water temperature in Latvian rivers and our Baltic coastline (where our mega-beaches are!) – http://www.meteo.lv/public/28159.html

Read the Ryanair UK blog for flight offers to Latvia and Riga.

UFO landing in Riga International Airport? No, but..

Wednesday December 1st, 2010 in Latvia | No Comments »

Ever seen UFO? No? Well here it is if you wish – an UFO landing on runway at Riga International Airport.

OK, not really – this is just an image distorted by autofocus of digital camera. Just a simple demonstration how sometimes people misinterpret facts, and come up with sensational bogus stuff :) You can do a lot of planespotting on both sides of RIX, check out Google maps!

UFO at RIX

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Video: the reality of cheap and affordable sex in Latvia

Saturday June 19th, 2010 in Latvia | No Comments »

Cheap and affordable sex in Latvia? Why not!

Here’s a video of first prostitutes arriving from Britain, ready to please Latvian police:

Striptease from Latvia

Thursday August 27th, 2009 in Latvia | No Comments »

Wants some hot strip in Latvia? Check out this clip (action begins at about 0:30)

Hotel Rooms around Europe

Thursday August 13th, 2009 in Latvia | No Comments »

ROOM.LV is a new website all about hotel booking for Latvian travelers.

At ROOM.LV viesnica, hotel you will be able to make online hotel reservations.

As the tourism industry in Latvia is continuing to grow, this website will help Latvian tourists to find accommodation worldwide for the best price possible!

Thanks to author of this image: Borgenses
Hotel Rooms around Europe

More about Latvia:
Latvia information blog – StartLatvia.com
Explore maps of Latvia
Prices in Latvia and Riga
Weather in Latvia and Riga
Places to visit in Latvia

Other travel sites:
Hotel Riga – search hotel in Riga
Ryanair LV – Ryanair Latvia
Letas aviobiletes – cheap flights Latvia
Billige Flüge – cheap flight tickets Germany
Ryanair DE – Ryanair Germany
Дешевые авиабилеты – cheap flights from Russia

Ventspils port

Wednesday August 5th, 2009 in Latvia | No Comments »

Ventspils port with one of the famous cow sculptures – there’s a bunch of them around city, a small tourist trap :)

Thanks to author of this image: liftarn
Ventspils port

More about Latvia:
Latvia information blog – StartLatvia.com
Explore maps of Latvia
Prices in Latvia and Riga
Weather in Latvia and Riga
Places to visit in Latvia

Other travel sites:
Hotel Riga – search hotel in Riga
Ryanair LV – Ryanair Latvia
Letas aviobiletes – cheap flights Latvia
Billige Flüge – cheap flight tickets Germany
Ryanair DE – Ryanair Germany
Дешевые авиабилеты – cheap flights from Russia

Turaida castle

Monday August 3rd, 2009 in Latvia | No Comments »

Turaida castle in Sugulda, Latvia.

This castle is the biggest and most visited in Latvia. It’s in the city Sigulda, and you can reach it by foot (two hours walk through Sigulda valleys and paths) or by car (10min from center of Sigulda).

Turaida castle has nice panoramic view from it’s tower – must see if you are there!

Entrance fee is around couple lats from person.

Thanks to author of this image: tuomo.turja
Turaida castle

More about Latvia:
Latvia information blog – StartLatvia.com
Explore maps of Latvia
Prices in Latvia and Riga
Weather in Latvia and Riga
Places to visit in Latvia

Other travel sites:
Hotel Riga – search hotel in Riga
Ryanair LV – Ryanair Latvia
Letas aviobiletes – cheap flights Latvia
Billige Flüge – cheap flight tickets Germany
Ryanair DE – Ryanair Germany
Дешевые авиабилеты – cheap flights from Russia

Aerodium

Monday August 3rd, 2009 in Latvia | No Comments »

Aerodium is probably one of the fun things why come to Latvia. Yes, there’s a bunch of vertical wind tunnels worldwide, but you can try this one right here in Europe :)

Aerodium is near to city Sigulda, about one hour drive from center of Riga. Check out also Sigulda, very beautiful town and lots more of attractions!

Thanks to author of this image: Veljo
Aerodium

More about Latvia:
Latvia information blog – StartLatvia.com
Explore maps of Latvia
Prices in Latvia and Riga
Weather in Latvia and Riga
Places to visit in Latvia

Other travel sites:
Hotel Riga – search hotel in Riga
Ryanair LV – Ryanair Latvia
Letas aviobiletes – cheap flights Latvia
Billige Flüge – cheap flight tickets Germany
Ryanair DE – Ryanair Germany
Дешевые авиабилеты – cheap flights from Russia