If you’ve an appetite for Europe’s lesser-known lights, a taste of Latvia should certainly stimulate the senses. A fascinating mix of cultures, history and landscapes. Explore the vibrant capital of Riga, the most cosmopolitan of the Baltic capitals. Step back in time in the old town amongst narrow lanes, medieval buildings and picturesque courtyards before emerging onto the spacious boulevards of the new town’s excellent shopping, welcoming restaurants and buzzing nightlife. Locals and visitors alike flock to Latvia’s attractive coast, scattered with white sand beaches, pine-covered dunes and bustling seaside towns, or venture further inland and you’ll discover a beautiful wilderness dotted with expansive forests, sparkling lakes and castle ruins.

Top Recommendations

  • Explore the castle complex of Cesis or Rundale Palace, Latvia’s miniature version of Versailles
  • Wander the charming cobbled streets of Riga’s old town.
  • The desolate yet hauntingly beautiful Cape Kolka
  • Liepaja’s windswept shores on the Baltic Coast
  • Latgale Lakeland with its emerald lakes and blueberry fields
  • Hiking trails in Gauja National Park

When to Visit

May through to September. The weather is at its warmest and the days are long. In winter the temperatures plummet, with the sun rising for barely 8 hours a day. Also, be prepared for the occasional shower and rainy day. Late November and December also offer the chance of festive cheer at the Christmas markets in the capital Riga.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Riga.