Latvia located on the Baltic Sea in between Lithuania and Estonia. Has long spawling beaches and dense forests. The capital Riga has lots to see and do from visiting one of its many galleries, museums, wandering around its medieval old town and admiring the 360-degree views from St Peter's Church. Did you know it is also known for it's Amber, Black Balsam and wellness spas? Here's what you need to know about Latvia.
A to Z Travel Blog - Latvia
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Getting to Riga
I flew from London Gatwick but there are also direct low-cost flights available from Edinburgh and other regional and international airports. Baltic Airways offers a no-frills experience on there 2 hours and 45-minute flight.
For the best available fares with all airlines to Riga visit Trip Advisor.
There are several accommodation options available in Riga and the surrounding areas. I stayed for 10 days and was looking to experience not only the city from a visitors perspective but also from a local's.
So I opted to stay at an Airbnb. I must say this was the best one I have ever stayed at. The hosts had thought of lots of little things like breakfast, transport and activity folder. They even left me some chocolate!
The apartment had a city view with outdoor terrace and was only 10 minutes by bus or tram to the old town.
Would you like to experience Airbnb? Here is £34 off with your first Airbnb trip.
Welton Centrum Hotel & Spa
"Located at the edge of the Old Town, the Welton Centrum Hotel & Spa is the perfect base to explore the city. As Riga’s Old Town is car-free, you have to consider this when choosing a hotel. The best part about the Welton Centrum Hotel & Spa is that the taxis can still stop in front of the hotel. The tram stop is just a block away and the train and bus stations are located within a walking distance.
I’ve stayed in Welton when visiting Riga for a long weekend. My room was quite comfortable and spotlessly clean. The hotel has a few small rooms with single beds, which makes it an affordable option for solo travellers. If you want to splurge in a bit of luxury, you can do so in the hotel’s very own spa centre. The hotel has also an indoor swimming pool.
The breakfast – a mixture of continental, English and traditional Latvian options – was also very good.
However, the biggest asset of Welton is its staff! The ladies at the reception desk were very polite and professional, and always ready to help me if I had questions. I absolutely enjoyed my stay and I would gladly recommend this hotel.
If you are travelling as a couple or with kids, the hotel also offers double rooms, triple room and junior suites. When booking a room you can choose an option with free access to the spa or you can book a spa stay at the place." - Daniela, Ipanema Travels
Travelling Around The City
Travelling around Riga and the surrounding areas couldn't be any easier. On arriving at the airport you might like to purchase a travel card with a certain number of journeys already pre-loaded.
Each journey you just scan the card at the machine on-aboard. Or you can pay more on-board in cash directly with the driver.
There are also local taxis. Have you heard of Bolt? It's similar to Uber but very popular in Riga. Why not download the app before you go and be ready for when you arrive at the airport. I wish I had heard of it, as the bus is very small and doesn't have any additional space for luggage. Here is the code for your first free trip (up to 5 Euros) with Bolt.