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Riga is a historic city with moderate temperatures ranging from the 10Cs to the 20Cs during summer. Visitors and residents alike are lucky, as pools in Riga are usually open all seven days of the week and keep long hours. They also tend to be part of larger sports clubs to offer more variety and are priced at 5 to 12 Lats based on duration of stay. Riga even has a few water parks, ensuring that there are plenty of ways to make a splash in the city.

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There are several districts worth visiting when traveling to Riga especially the area surrounding the Freedom Monument and Old Town. Here are 5 things not to miss whenever you are vacationing in the city.

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If there was ever a compilation listing of the top 10 restaurants in the Baltic region of Europe, no doubt the list would have to include many of the establishments that you would experience while visiting Riga, Latvia’s capital city as well as the largest city in the country. Riga is also the second largest city overall in the Eastern Baltic region. By far, it is the most cosmopolitan and vibrant city of the area so you will find a number of opportunities to experience international cuisine as well as the local foods.

Riga Latvia Fruits and Vegetables

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The capital city of Latvia is Riga, as well as the largest of the Baltic States’ cities and the Eastern Baltic’s 2nd largest city. As there are numerous redevelopment projects currently underway in the city, Riga is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance and turning into what is sure to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With the numerous pubs and cocktail bars in Riga, it is one of the continent’s most popular tourist destination for those loving lively evenings filled with dancing and drinking.

Riga Latvia View

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Not only is Riga becoming a popular destination for weekend and longer breaks but its airport is also fast becoming a major transport hub for the Baltic region. The airport is situated only about eight kilometres west of the city making most transfers simple and straightforward.

Riga airport

Most visitors to Riga will find it easier by far to jump on the bus service that runs between the airport and the city centre. read full article

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Riga, the capital of Latvia, has been experiencing something of a Renaissance lately with many of the older buildings throughout the city being renovated and/or restored. Lately, Riga is viewed as one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Shopping in Riga offers the international traveler a number of excellent venues to enjoy such as the central markets and the little stands scattered around the central part of the city.

Riga: Shopping Mall

However, if you want to explore shopping malls in Riga, the following ones are highly recommended: read full article

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Many of the locals as well as international travelers rave about the nightlife in Riga and oftentimes refer to it as the Latvian city that never sleeps. There is no time of the year that this is more apparent than during the summers when the sun sets for only brief periods. The Riga nightlife typically starts between 8 and 9 pm when locals and tourists begin to cluster in the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. It is usually between 10 and 11 pm when the nightclubs open for business.

nightlife in riga

Women are typically the first individuals to arrive at the clubs as they are not charged a cover fee and the prices they pay are discounted up until midnight. read full article

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For the less informed, Riga is the capital of Lativa, the Baltic state sandwiched in between Lithuania and Estonia. Because of its stunning architecture, it’s becoming increasingly popular with tourists all over Europe.

24 hours in riga

But before we start, it’s time for a word on climate. Latvia feels colder than the moon in the winter months, and I speak from unpleasant personal experience of not having brought enough insulating clothing. Unfortunately, to combat this, many of the establishments you may visit have the heating cranked up to excess, which means you spend half your time taking clothes on and off like some sort of high-energy circus act. Because of this, it’s more advisable to visit in the months of June, July, and August where temperatures average around 17°C, not exactly toasty, but manageable. read full article

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Riga has come into its own as a destination of choice for people

Riga Sun Museum

taking weekend breaks from Western Europe or using the city as a base for further exploration of the Baltic States. read full article

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Art Nouveau District

Some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in the world can be found in the Latvian capital of Riga.

A whole district is dominated with examples of the architecture and art works from the late 19th Century. Some of the best examples can be found on the main street of Elizabetes Iela . There are over 800 Art Nouveau buildings in the city so good luck ticking them all off. read full article

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