Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Latvia

Latvia is really one of the best kept secrets in Europe. You will get to visit new places, meet friendly locals, explore famous cities like Riga, locals, visit bustling markets, see pretty squares, enjoy the lively nightlife or see incredible nature. Get inspired to visit Latvia today.


Latvia Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Latvia.

Latvia Travel Guide

Latvia Destination Guide

View essential travel information, ideas and inspiration for visiting Latvia.

  • Capital: Riga
  • Currency: Latvian lat (LVL)
  • Area: 64,589 sq km
  • Population: 2,224,000 (approx)
  • Telephone Code +371


Top Reasons to Visit Latvia 

  • Riga was the European capital of culture in 2014
  • Great value for money destination
  • There are four National Parks to explore
  • See ancient castle ruins
  • Lots of beaches to discover 
  • Varied landscapes from large cities, to pretty small towns and villages


Best Places to Visit in Latvia

These are some of the top attractions you should add to your Latvia travel itinerary:

  • Riga, one of the most scenic capital cities 
  • Cape Kolka
  • Cesis
  • Gauja National Park
  • Jurmala
  • Kuldiga
  • Liepaja
  • Latgale
  • Rundāle Palace
  • The Aglona Basilica
  • Turaida Museum Reserve
  • Ventspils
  • Ventas Rumba, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe


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