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Latvia is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania, to the east by the Russia and to the southeast by Belarus. Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden.

Andris Klepers - speaker at #PAtourism17
Andris Klepers (Twitter @andris_klepers ) will speak about Gauja National Park Tourism Cluster at the "Tourism in Protected Areas" conference.

Things to know about Latvia

Latvia is in the top 10 'cleanest and greenest' countries in the world
The country has 500 kilometers of sandy beaches, making any place no more than 2 hours from the coast
Riga has the distinction of being the first place with a decorated Christmas tree 500 years ago
National sports include ice hockey and basketball

Tourism Portals

Latvia Tourism


Flickr Groups

Riga & Latvia
The Baltic States
Ligatne, Latvia




Riga is located along the Baltic Sea at the southern coast of the Gulf of Riga, on the Rigava coastal plain.


There are 4 national parks in Latvia.

Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park was established on 14 September 1973 and is therefore the first, the oldest and the largest national park in Latvia. Gauja National park is the most popular tourism destination in Latvia for nature based tourism activities having 40% of its market share from export. National park is characterized by a high biological diversity, rock outcrops and varied terrain shapes, springs, picturesque landscapes and many historical and cultural monuments from different centuries. The major part of the national park and the dominant is the old valley of the Gauja River. In the national park, there are over 500 monuments of history and culture – hillforts, stone castles, churches, manors, water and windmills, as well as other archeological, architectural and art monuments. Owners of tourism objects and tourism service providers in the territory of Gauja National park have established a long-term cooperation in order to improve tourism service, to create new innovative tourism products and to promote Gauja national park for international audiences. - -






October 4th European Congress on Rural Tourism


By airplane
Riga,the capital of Latvia can be reached from any European city in two to four hours. Air Baltic, Lufthansa, Finnair, SAS, CSA,LOT, Aeroflot, WizzAir, Ryanair, Norwegian and others operate flights to Riga International Airport.

By road
The road network is relatively well developed and there are good routes to Belarus and to the neighbouring two Baltic Republics. You can get to Latvia driving from the Russian Federation, Estonia, Belarus or Lithuania. Border posts: between Poland and Lithuania: Ogrodniki–Lazdijai; between Poland and Belarus: Terespol–Brest.

By bus
Ecolines and Eurolines operates international bus services to Riga.

Elsewhere on the Web
Latvian State Forests