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The Baltic State of Latvia in Northern Europe sits between Lithuania and Estonia and is well known for its diverse culture and strong national identity. Almost half of the country is covered in lush pines, sprawling forest and rich wildlife. Home to festivals, superb beer and the first Christmas tree, this low-lying country is a must-see.
Probably the most famous place to visit is the beautiful and dynamic capital, Riga. Despite the city being an 800-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also a metropolitan city with modern influences and an active nightlife. Be sure to wander through the cobbled lanes of Old Town and absorb the historic architecture and churches. Take a seat in one of the many sunny squares overflowing with cafes and beer gardens enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Don’t leave before you taste the chocolate of Laima, the country’s largest confectioner. Most locals will assure you it tastes better than any Belgian chocolate you’ve tried before so make sure there’s room in your suitcase for a few souvenirs. View more trips to Latvia.
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When to go: The best time to visit is late spring or summer, when there’s usually enough fine weather to allow you to stroll around the cities and make significant forays into the great outdoors.
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