LATVIA – A Midsummer Dream
One of the less explored areas of Eastern Europe, Latvia is full of enchanting moments – from soaring medieval castles speckled across a vast and untouched countryside to sprawling golden beaches and a beautifully layered culture. Here are our top recommendations for a trip to this Baltic state.
Best Time to Travel
Spring and Autumn are usually the most popular times to visit, with temperatures on the milder side. But we recommend the Summer months of July-August, as the crowds are lesser and maximum temperature hardly exceeds 20-25 degrees Celsius. Carry a raincoat as occasional showers are normal.
No journey to Latvia is complete without a trip to the coastal capital of Riga. Check out Old Town for a taste of Latvian history and architecture. Sit down at one of the countless cafes that line the cobbled streets for a cup of artisanal coffee. And cap it off with a walk down Jauniela, considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in all of Latvia.
Food in Riga is an intriguing mix of foreign influences and local traditions, with elegant restaurants and Europe’s biggest food market. Don’t forget to try pork – a key element in Latvian dishes, accompanied with dark rye bread or rupjmaize. Top it off with Black Balsam, Latvia’s national spirit which is said to aid digestion!
To experience life like a local, visit Latvia in time for the dreamy celebrations of Jāņi. This magical midsummer festival dates to the medieval era and is a local favourite! People celebrate the summer solstice by getting out into the countryside and staying up all night long with bonfires, folk songs, good food, and warm company.
Mushroom picking is a favourite hobby of Latvians, come autumn. And with 50% of Latvia covered in jungles, there’s a larger area to go foraging! You can even hire a mycologist (mushroom expert) for a day to take you around.
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