Like a crescent moon set on the Baltic Sea between the other two Baltic countries, Lithuania and Estonia, Latvia, as big as Ireland, has since the fall of the USSR and its independence has joined the ranks of the European Union and the Schengen area. But its history is so much older, dating back to 3000 years before our era, when the Lives, a pagan people of Finno-Ugric origin, settled in this region of Northern Europe. In the 13th century, the Germanic knights made Rīga, the current capital of Latvia, a first-class trading post in the Hanseatic League before being driven out by the Swedes, who inaugurated a period of peace based on education and social progress. It was then the Russian tsars who dominated the Baltic region, before the Nazi and then Communist empire seized it. Despite this tumultuous history, and perhaps thanks to it, Latvians are eagerly cultivating a strong identity made up of traditions that are more alive today than ever: no one would miss Līgo (Saint John's Day) or celebrate Christmas without going to the pirates (traditional sauna). Latvia's tourist guide takes you on a journey of discovery through this unsuspected Baltic territory, from its peaceful countryside to its forests running on the beaches, inviting you to taste a culture made of amber and songs.

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When to go to Latvia?

When to go to Latvia? Seasonality is clearly defined and there are four very different seasons in colour and temperature. Latvians' wardrobes are also divided into four seasons and it would be impossible to wear the same sneakers all year round! Reading grid to know when to go to Latvia

The high tourist season runs from June 20 to August 31. This is probably the best time to go to Latvia. However, there are more and more tourists and housing prices are higher. Please note that it becomes imperative to book.

Christmas and Easter holidays. If you visit Latvia in December, you will meet many tourists from the region (Scandinavians and Russians).

The icing seasons are fall (October and November) and late winter (March and early April), largely due to the weather: the fall is wet and grey, or even dark, and late winter is made up of wet snow and sleet. To enjoy the snow and winter sports, the best time is in January and February.

How to go to Latvia? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Since its opening to tourism, Latvia has not lacked tour operators to organise organised trips on its territory. The flight/hotel combinations offered by the latter are often financially attractive, and can even be decorated with tickets to the Opera or various museums. While the weekend package in the capital is very popular, other options allow you to stay longer and discover the Latvian countryside and the two neighbouring countries.

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The average price of a flight to Riga varies from 150 to 300 €. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the reservation time. In order to benefit from the best rates, it is advisable to be proactive, also for accommodation, by booking in advance. For the rest, solo travellers will not encounter any particular difficulties during a stay in Latvia.

In Riga, the urban transport network is very developed and includes 11 tramway lines, 23 trolleys and numerous buses that run from 5:30 am to midnight. Taxis are also a good option. To travel between major cities, there will be a choice between line buses and microbuses, the train (more dilapidated, except for night trains running to Kiev or Moscow), or the car, provided you are careful.

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Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Latvia? Seasonality is clearly defined and there are four very different seasons in colour and temperat...
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Weather forecast

Despite harsh winters (softened by the Baltic Sea), the weather in Latvia is temperate but cool and wet. The further...
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Budget

The currency in Latvia is the euro. Prices vary greatly in the interior of the country, depending on whether you are...
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Formalities

For a stay of less than 90 days in Latvia, since March 1999, visas are no longer required for many countries (Canada,...
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Health

No vaccination required to travel to Latvia. It is preferable to avoid drinking tap water, as the pipes are obsolete....
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How to travel by yourself?

The average price of a flight to Riga varies from 150 to 300 €. It should be noted that the price variation depends...
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How to get organized?

Since its opening to tourism, Latvia has not lacked tour operators to organise organised trips on its territory. The...
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Getting around

In Riga, the urban transport network is very developed and includes 11 tramway lines, 23 trolleys and numerous buses...
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