Explore Latvia: The hidden gem of Europe, why you must visit it soon!

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House of The Blackheads, originally built in 1334
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Courtyard of The Dome Cathedral, Riga
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Landscape of Latvia
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National Opera Theatre
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Latvian Cuisine

Latvia is an European country on the Baltic Sea, tucked between Lithuania and Estonia. It is one of the most underrated and off beaten destinations for travelers around the world. Nevertheless Latvia proves to be a straight-out-of-fairytale, unspoilt haven worth visiting in one's lifetime, not once or twice, but it calls you over and over again. Find out how:

Latvia spellbinds travelers with its diversity. It can be tranquil, ancient and serene, or zealous, modern and boisterous at the same time. Latvian diversity will divulge a new and interesting dimension for everyone.

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One Latvian Houseboat 

What it has to offer?

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Culture: Latvia boasts of its strong national identity, being at the crossroads of the western and eastern culture, Latvia takes pride in a diverse and rich culture. Riga Opera Festival and the Sigulda Opera Festival are perfect examples of Latvia's indulgence in ancient tradition, classical music and its preservation. Latvia is host to a number of music festivals and concerts all year round, Positivus and Summer Sound are just to name a few. Street Performances in Riga

Latvia is very rich in folklore and ethnic traditions like the Summer Solstice where a bonfire is lit on every other hill and frothy beer and Jāņi cheese take prime position on every table.

Architecture: There exists enormous architectural diversity in Latvia, here in Latvia we find everything from unornamented wooden structures in rural farmsteads to the fascinating examples of the great Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, Art Nouveau and of modern architecture.

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Cesis Castle.
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Cesvaine Castle

Adventure: Go horse riding, sailing, skydiving and surf in the paradise for windsurfers~ Kurzeme. You can also fly in the vertical wind tunnel (Aerodium) nowhere else in the world, but only in Latvia.

Relaxation & wellness: Latvia offers a wide range of Spas and relaxation centres, some of the best ones are found in the famous holiday resort town of Jurmala, an excellent way to rejuvenate oneself and find the much needed solace, while re energizing one's entire system.

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Jurmala holiday resort

Nature: A walk in the dense, sprawling forests, fiery sunsets on soft sandy beaches, the rose-scented lures of the Rundāle palace gardens, boat rides on the Latvian rivers and lakes, dinners in Latvia’s magnificent castles and manor houses or the rooftop terrace restaurants in the heart of Old Town, or strolls through the romantic small towns. Make unforgettable memories, and live every moment in bewilderment, as Latvia continues to surprise you with its harmonious nature, extravagant architecture and rich cultural life.

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Amatciems, Latvia

The pristine treasures of Latvian nature serve to an invaluable experience ranging from the rapid filled River Amata to the land of the blue lakes, Latgale. Full of wildlife and dense forests, Latvia lies in mother nature's caressing arms, untouched and largely unexplored.

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Riga Central Market

All this and so much more give you many reasons to chuck the cliched European tours and visit this little paradise before it becomes mainstream and touristy.

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