Cheap Flights to Latvia
A land of thick forests and white Baltic beaches, Latvia is an appealing mix of modern cities and historic architecture. Its capital, Riga, sprawls on either side of the Daugava River, and its Old Town is particularly charming. Visitors will delight in discovering the ancient traditions still very much alive in daily Latvian life. Travelers can fly to Latvia via Riga International Airport (RIX) and use Riga as a base of exploration for the entire country.
Flights to Latvia
Of the country's three international airports, Riga International Airport is the most common destination for travelers who fly to Latvia. Located 6 miles from Riga, the airport is convenient for access to the country's capital city. There are three compact terminals connected by walkways with Terminal C used for non-Schengen arrivals. Facilities and amenities in the terminals include a pharmacy, restaurants, shops, bars, ATMs, and free Wi-Fi.
Travelers can rent a car or take the Number 22 bus to Riga where they can then connect to bus or rail routes. Taxi fare will cost $15 from the airport to Riga's center, and the journey will take about 15 minutes.
Attractions in Latvia
Riga is the natural beginning point for most visitors, and its narrow cobblestone streets and medieval architecture are particularly beautiful. A visit to Riga Castle gives a good overview of local history as it houses the National History Museum of Latvia. Some of the stunning cathedrals in town include St. Peter's, which allows visitors to view the city from its tower. Parks such as Bastejkalns allow visitors to stretch their legs as they view pretty beds of flowers. The Riga Zoo is a fun destination for families.
The historic city of Cesis is notable for its Cesis Castle. It sometimes hosts medieval festivals featuring authentic costumes and props. Enjoying the countryside on the Ieriku Nature Trail includes spotting over 15 carved faces hidden on boulders. Gauja National Park is situated in a river valley and has sandstone formations, mirror-like lakes, caves, and lush forests. Those who love the ocean can stroll along Cape Kolka's Baltic shoreline and enjoy the beautiful views. In winter, Latvia's mountains are ideal for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Zviedru Cepure and Ramkalni are among the popular resorts.
Travel Tips for Latvia
Latvia's climate varies. The summer months are warm with high temperatures in the 70s or 80s Fahrenheit. Winters average in the 40s. In June, Latvians celebrate the warm weather with a traditional solstice festival called Jani. It features dancing, bonfires, and flower wreaths. In winter, Ziemassvētki, or Christmas, celebrations include a Mummer's dance and feasting on gingerbread.
Staples of Latvian cuisine include rye bread, smoked fish, cheese, and pork. Characterized by hearty peasant dishes, popular foods include breaded pork chops or herring with cottage cheese. For dessert, favorites include Kartupeļu Pankukas, potato pancakes with jam, and Rupjmaizes Kartojums, which consists of rye breadcrumbs, whipped cream, and jam. A three-course meal for two in a midrange restaurant will cost around $30.
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