Latvia is a small country on the Baltic Sea with ancient history and traditions. There are many interesting tourist sights which will attract everyone. If you want to enjoy nature - there is not only the serene Gulf of Riga and the open Baltic Sea, but also nature parks, fast rivers and lakes with beautiful forests on the shores. Those who are interested in history will be fascinated by the medieval castles and culture of the ancient Latvians. If you are interested not only in entertainment but also in gaining new knowledge and information you are welcome to visit Old Riga, where you will find not only fabulous architectural monuments but also various night clubs and pubs. There are many beautiful churches in Latvia - both ancient and modern. There is a wide range of relaxation,health rehabilitation and outdoor recreation possibilities. And of course, don’t forget to make inquiries about events that are going to take place during your stay in Latvia. There is the possibility for you to enjoy the traditional Latvian celebrations, different cultural events and entertaining programs throughout the year.
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Latvia is the country where you can enjoy your trip - come with the tourist group or have a nice time together with your family. You can have a variety of choices from taking a number of exciting tours to spending several weeks in the guesthouse near a river or lake, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. This web page will help you to get to know Latvia and it will help you to choose the best pastime to suit your mood and make the most of your trip to Latvia.
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(Summer) Summer is the warmest season of the year, when nature's processes are more active. Summer begins in the mid of June, when the apple-trees and lilac bushes have finished blossoming, and the day’s average temperature remains above 15oC. On June 21 the sun is at its highest above the horizon and it is the longest day of the year. The temperatures are gradually starting to rise, and they reach their peak in July, and on the coast even in August. Changes in weather conditions are determined by cyclones and anticyclones. While anticyclone remains, southerly and southeastern winds bring warm and dry temperatures. The weather continues to be fair and warm. In this period the daytime air temperatures reach their peak when they occasionally exceed 30oC. For the second half of the summer cyclones bring humid air masses from the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. Normally they form in July and August.
(Autumn) First frost means that the autumn has arrived. It is first noticed in the beginning of September in the northeastern part of Latvia. Then it will gradually spread all through the territory of Latvia, reaching the coastal area only by the end of September. In the same way a little bit later the day’s average temperature will drop -10oC below zero - the period of active vegetation is over. In the second half of November autumn gradually turns into winter. The weather conditions in autumn are determined by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic sea. The character of autumn is defined by cyclones and anticyclones. In the autumn months the cyclone activity is observed. From the Atlantic Ocean cyclones bring cloudy weather, often precipitations. The rainy period is changed by the sleety weather - rain and snow. In autumn there can be a period of clear and sunny weather, which is called “The Indian Summer”. Normally it is determined by anticyclone, when from the south and from the southeast in the end of September or in the beginning of October warm continental air streams flow. Day temperatures can reach as high as 20oC. You can see the flocks of geese, cranes and other birds in the sky. Birds begin to migrate to warmer climates to avoid cold.
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|The Freedom Monument ,shertila|
Napoleon once called Riga a suburb of London where the traditions of many nations crossed their paths. A legend tells that once every hundred years the Devil pokes out his head from the waters of the Daugava River and asks if Riga is ready. If he hears Yes, then when the city celebrates its 800 years-anniversary in 2001 it will inevitably sink into the river Daugava. For this reason, Riga must be built continuously and become more beautiful with each year. If you do not believe this, come and have a look! Riga with 806 thousand inhabitants has more big-city attractions than any other city in the Baltic States. Situated the mouth of the Daugava River, on the shores of the Riga Gulf of the Baltic Sea, Riga has excellent air, rail and road connections, which makes it a major tourist attraction in the country. Riga is rich in history, culture and diverse entertainments. Visitors can admire buildings of remarkable Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Art Nouveau architecture. This variety and richness of styles has been recognised by experts of the United Nations Organization and in 1997 the Central part of Riga was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List as:
1) one of the world largest and best preserved assemblages of the Art Nouveau buildings,
2) a city with architecture that reflects various periods of city history from 1201 to the present day,
3) a city with a unique collection of wooden architecture in the central city area.
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