With its unspoiled coastline on the Baltic Sea, long sandy beaches, thick forests, lavish palaces and authentic villages, Latvia has no lack of tourist appeals and arguments. Still little known, now is the time to make the acquaintance of this delightful country!
You will not be bothered by sprawling cities, with the exception of its joyful capital, Rīga, home to the largest concentration of Art nouveau edifices in Europe, and whose historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is quite as stunning. On the architectural programme, don't miss a visit to Rundāle Palace, the Versailles of Latvia.
Whatever you do, don't forget your swimming costume, because Latvia boasts a stunning coastline. Starting with Jūrmala, a prestigious seaside resort dotted with elegant wooden houses and lined by irresistible sandy beaches. More untamed but no less spectacular, Cape Kolka is perfect for a breath of bracing sea air.
A trip inland will also appeal, in particular if you go to Gauja National Park, whose steep valleys, grottoes, lakes and forests are heaven for hikers and canoeists, but also to skiers come winter. The choice is endless!