Latvia Travel Guide

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Latvia (officially Republic of Latvia) is on the Baltic coast in Northern Europe.  It is bordered by the Gulf of Riga/Baltic Sea and Estonia to the north, the Russian Federation to the east, Belarus to the southeast, Lithuania to the south and the Baltic Sea to the west. 


Latvia is a country of many rivers, the largest of which is the Daugava. The official language is Latvian and the capital is the port city of Riga.  Latvia has been a member of the European Union and NATO since 2004. 


Latvia has a rich and fascinating history as well as plenty of folklore, folk music and legend. If you enjoy tales of the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, are beguiled by ancient castles and buried treasure, then this may be the place for you!



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The capital city, Riga, is a popular destination for weekend breaks. It has a lively nightlife and is popular for stag and hen parties. The Old Town is a popular place to explore with its cobblestone streets and shops and cafes.

The beaches and areas of the Baltic Coast and Bay of Riga are popular and packed with outdoor adventure activities. The Baltic Sea is popular for scuba diving, especially wreck-diving.  Nature lovers and birdwatchers will find plenty of natural surroundings to explore among the many national parks and nature reserves.



Latvia has thousands of rivers and lakes, so is perfect for lovers of water sports and activities, including swimming, fishing, canoeing, and rafting.  Off-road and jeep tours are also popular.   During winter, Latvia also offers skiing and winter sports.  If you are ready to relax, then head for one of the many spas for some pampering.


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Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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