Latvia is a land of many natural contrasts and local customs, much of which is within a day’s drive from Riga.
From the western shorelines to the eastern lakes and forests, a remarkable natural and civilised history unfolds, brought to life by the many well-preserved sites of historical importance, the daily life of villages steeped in tradition, and the natural beauty of the country’s changing landscape.
Festivals and events, both modern and ancient, fill social calendars throughout the year in all regions.Especially important to Latvians is the Midsummer Festival which takes place in June, celebrated with much fanfare and respect for traditions.
Whether relaxing in spa towns, visiting castles, hiking through forests, listening to concerts, or even driving through en route to Finland, Latvia seems to embrace the visitor like an old friend. Its no surprise that one of the most extraordinary men of literature, Baron von Munchausen, found inspiration in Latvia, a country that brings some dreams to life.
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