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 Riga holiday which is the  capital of Latvia, the largest city in the three Baltic states and is home to many museums and concert halls, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. Its home to Europe's biggest food market and oldest zoo.  Its compact center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site packed full of architectural treasures and there's plenty to explore on both sides of the river Daugava, including topnotch restaurants and buzzy creative quarters.

Book a holiday to Riga and explore the natural paradise of Sigulda with its fairytale castles, romantic vistas and adventure sports, stroll along miles of pine-fringed sandy beaches in the  seaside playground Jurmala and marvel at the  Baroque and Rococo splendor of Rundale. Riga holidays are famous for  free walking tours which are organized every day and most preferred is the walk along the Daugava river where you can experience the beautiful sunset. The enormous central market is a treasure trove of earthy sausage, cheese and black bread, smoked fish, and much more shopping facilities. Its a beautiful and short city break destination with plenty of entertainment.

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RIGA INFORMATION

Currency

Euro

Language

Latvian

Time Zone

GMT+2.00

Avg. Flight Time

2h 45m

Peak Travel

July-August

Price of a pint

€2.00

MORE ABOUT RIGA

Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square

Standing on Riga’s Town Hall Square and gazing at the Town Hall and House of the Blackheads, it’s mind-boggling to think that these monuments are little more than 20 years old.The reconstruction is seamless, and the plaza has a grandeur fit for a capital.

Sticking out like a sore thumb next to the House of the Blackheads is a dark and squat 1970s Soviet building that until recently contained the Occupation Museum.Its also been  recorded the location for what is believed to be the world’s first decorated Christmas tree, erected by the Brotherhood of Blackheads in 1510.

Freedom Monument
Freedom Monument

East of Vecr?ga this solemn landmark remembers the soldiers killed fighting Soviet forces during the Latvian War of Independence (1918-20). Standing 42 metres high, the Freedom Monument (1935) is built from red granite and travertine.

This monument remains the centrepiece for official remembrance ceremonies in the city.If you approach the base you’ll find 13 groups of reliefs recording national heroes, allegories, images from Latvian culture and pivotal moments in the nation’s history like the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the War of Independence.

Riga Central Market
Riga Central Market

The Riga Central Market is one of the largest and most visited markets in Eastern Europe.The building is a wonder in its own right, constructed in the second half of the 1920s and repurposing German zeppelin hangars into pavilions.

There are also stalls to browse outside, while the former warehouses (Spikeri), have been turned into a trendy arts and entertainment zone.Some goodies that may take you out of your comfort zone are smoked eels, Rupjmaizes k?rtojums (a layered dessert made from rye bread) and hemp paste.

Jurmala
Jurmala

In summer you can catch a suburban train from Riga Central Station to the seaside resort of Jurmala.Services depart every 30 minutes on the Riga-Tukums line and take 30 minutes or so to reach their destination.

Jurmala’s beach is 33 kilometres long and has pristine white quartzite sand, occasionally fronted by wooden Art Nouveau buildings.It’s worth coming down outside the summer season, as you can hunt for pieces of amber washed up on the beach in spring and autumn.