Latvia, Latvia The Baltic Sea Coast in Latvia Mini Guide by Jana Savko

Did you know that Latvia has 500 kilometres of beach along the Baltic Sea? The country calls for a route along the seaside, across modern port cities, resort cities, natural parks and old fishing villages.

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Kurzeme District is one of six administrative districts of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Its beautiful, wild western beaches are almost untouched by civilisation because the area was a closed-off territory during the Soviet regime.

Kurzeme District

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Lake Liepāja is the fifth-largest lake in Latvia, located near Liepāja in the Liepāja District. The total area of the lake is 37.15 km², and it has a length of 16.2 km, average depth of 2.0 m, and a shoreline of 44.6 km.

Liepāja lake

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Užavas bāka is a lighthouse in Kurzeme region. The lighthouse was built 28 meters above the sea level.

Užavas bāka

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Ventspils is the town in northwestern Latvia in the Courland historical region of Latvia, the sixth largest city in the country and one of the busiest ports in Europe.

Ventspils

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Livs are one of the Finno-Ugric nations of the Baltic Sea who earlier occupied a wide territory of Latvia, but now only ocupy 12 villages – Ovīši, Lūžņa, Miķeļtornis, Lielirbe, Sīkrags, Mazirbe, Košrags, Pitrags, Saunags, Vaide, Kolka and Melnsils. In 1991, the Liv Coast obtained the status of a protected cultural-historical territory. Ovīši Lighthouse is considered to be the oldest remaining navigation building in Latvia.

Ovīši

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Mazirbe is a village place in Kolka parish, Dundaga municipality, 18 km southwest of Kolka. It is one of twelve Livonian villages on Līvõd rānda - the Livonian Coast. Mazirbe is the cultural capital of the Livonians and holds the annual Liv Cultural Festival.

Mazirbe

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Locals tend to refer to the Baltic Sea as two separate “seas” – what is called the Dižjūra (or Great Sea), which is the open coast along the Baltic Sea in western Kurzeme, and the Mazjūra (or Little Sea), which is the Gulf of Riga. The two meet at Cape Kolka.

Cape Kolka

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The Engure Lake nature park was established in 1998 and it contains not only Engure Lake, but also the seashore of the Gulf of Riga from Mērsrags to Engure. It is particularly important during the bird migration period as a resting and feeding place.

Engure

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Jūrmala is a resort town stretching 32 km between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. It has white-sand beach, and a population of 55,580, making it the fifth largest city in Latvia. While Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, Jūrmala was a favorite holiday-resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials.

Jūrmala

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Saulkrasti (in translation from Latvian - Sun shores) is a town in Latvia, which lies on the east coast of Gulf of Riga. Its own name suggests the value of the location; since the end of the 19th century local fishing villages became popular Summer destination, valued for its wide and sandy beaches and green pine forest.

Saulkrasti

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Liepupes area, in North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, offers a different kind of beach in Tūja: an unusual pebble beach.

Liepupes

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Randu pļavas is a sight in North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve. The Randu meadows is an internationally acclaimed bird migration and nesting ground. A trail with bird observation towers was opened in 2006.

Randu pļavas

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