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St. Peter's Church and the Central Market in Riga; the Venta Rapids; Cēsis and Sigulda castles; Gauja National Park; the Elbing wreck; Sloka Quarry; and Ogre Lake.

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Latvia is a country in Northern Europe on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. It has borders with Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and maritime border with Sweden. Latvia has a territory of 64.5 thousand square kilometers, populated by 2 million people. The capital of the country is Riga. The official language is Latvian.

The national currency is the Euro.

Latvia has a temperate seasonal climate. The average temperature is −6 °C in winter and 19 °C in summer. It is better to come here from June to mid-September, when the weather is most comfortable.

Most part of the terrain consists of plains and low hills. More than a half of the territory is covered with forests, inhabited by deer, wild boars, moose, lynxes, bears, foxes, beavers and wolves. There are many lakes, especially in Latgale region, and deep river valleys with sand cliffs on their banks.

In Latvia there are many great places to see, both urban and rural. Guests of the country can spend time in Riga and enjoy its fascinating architecture, including St. Peter's Church and the grand Dom Church, do some shopping in the Central Market, relax in its neat parks or immerse into its active nightlife. The smaller towns of Latvia also have many attractions. Near the city of Kuldīga you can see Europe's widest waterfall, the Venta Rapids. You can explore medieval castles in Cēsis and Sigulda or visit baroque palaces in Jelgava. But the main attraction of Latvia is its nature. There are many national parks and nature preserves, the largest of which is Gauja National Park. Latvia is a popular destination for bird watchers, as the Latvian territory is inhabited by numerous different bird species.

Diving in Latvia

Latvia suggests many places for diving: sea, rivers, lakes, quarries.

The best wreck diving is in the Baltic Sea along the coastline from Liepaja to Kolka. At about 1 km from the shore there is Elbing wreck, a 40-meter ship sunk in 1941. The depth is about 10 meters.

At a depth of 27 meters you can see the remains of a 100-meter German cargo ship sunk during WW2. The ship is broken into three parts: with a well preserved stern and bow.

Sloka Quarry is said to be a diving top spot in Latvia. Under the water you can meet some crabs and small fish, like perch and pike.

Beginners will like Ogre Lake, whose maximum depth is 8 meters. The lake has an underwater platform for training at a depth of 6 meters.

Riga International Airport (RIX) is the largest airport in the Baltic states with direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries. It is located 10 km west of Riga.

Liepāja International Airport (LPX) is an international airport in western Latvia, located 5 km east of Liepāja.

Ventspils International Airport (VNT) is the newest international airport in Latvia, located 5 km southwest of Ventspils.

Latvia suggests many places for diving: sea, rivers, lakes, quarries.

The best wreck diving is in the Baltic Sea along the coastline from Liepaja to Kolka. At about 1 km from the shore there is Elbing wreck, a 40-meter ship sunk in 1941. The depth is about 10 meters.

At a depth of 27 meters you can see the remains of a 100-meter German cargo ship sunk during WW2. The ship is broken into three parts: with a well preserved stern and bow.

Sloka Quarry is said to be a diving top spot in Latvia. Under the water you can meet some crabs and small fish, like perch and pike.

Beginners will like Ogre Lake, whose maximum depth is 8 meters. The lake has an underwater platform for training at a depth of 6 meters.
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