Latvia Cruises

Latvia is a rich and diverse country, often forgotten by those travelling to Europe for an adventure – but with enchanting forests and beautiful, historic architecture, it really should be way up there on the list. 

There’s a patchwork of lakes criss-crossing the country, and the edges are bordered with gorgeously golden sandy beaches. Whatever you like to do – from whiling away the day in a beer garden on a sunny square, to exploring an ancient castle’s grounds – Latvia and its port city of Riga will definitely keep you busy. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Latvia was only made an independent state in 1991.
  • Latvians celebrate a Pagan festival known as Jani, for the summer solstice.
  • Riga’s Old Town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Latvia’s population is around 1.3% of the UK’s.
  • The Baltic is famous for its natural amber.


Baltic inspiration

Latvian food takes its inspiration from the surrounding Baltic countries and tends to be made with natural farm ingredients, with fish playing a large part in many meals. There are a few specialities to try out when you step off your cruise ship. The number one Latvian food to try is pîrâgi, small savoury buns stuffed with bacon and often served with a small bowl of light chicken soup or broth.


Another foodstuff you’ll notice in abundance is pork. In Latvia it comes in all of the usual forms like fillet and chop, but you’ll also see pork knuckle and even pig’s ears, often served with fried potatoes or boiled buckwheat. The most popular side dishes are cabbage, which often comes pickled, and grey peas fried with bacon and served with sour cream.

For dessert, try out the extra special sklandrausis pies, which are so quintessentially Latvian that the EU has given them special protected status. They’re made with mashed carrots and potato, baked with rye flour, and taste surprisingly sweet.




For an easily-accessible taster of some of Latvia’s most spectacular views, head to Ķīšezers, a lake in Riga. It’s a beautiful spot, and provides a perfect place to go for a walk and marvel at the flora and fauna that inhabits and surrounds the lake. 

If you want to really get under the skin of Latvia, head to the Gauja National Park (named after the Gauja River) that’s near Riga. Views in every direction are stunning, and the park has just about everything for the outdoorsy type, with cliffs, rivers, parks, gorgeous open countryside and even camping pitches, with all the amenities you’d expect.

To describe Latvia as having a stunning coastline would be a bit of an understatement, to say the least. Jaw-dropping white sandy beaches line the bay of Riga and beyond. Whether you want to visit a beach with restaurants, playgrounds and activities for all the family, or a secluded spot where you can stroll along in peace, Latvia has it all on offer.


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Latvia

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