Riga

 

Riga, the largest city and capital of Latvia, is a major seaport on the mouth of the Daugava. The city is a major commercial, cultural and financial centre with a population of around 700,000. Riga is over 800 years old and sadly many of its ancient buildings have been destroyed by war. However this means that it now has a charismatic mix of medieval and modern. The city’s historic centre, with an extensive concentration of art nouveau buildings, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

But Riga boasts more than merely ancient architecture and medieval nostalgia. It is the largest city in the Baltic States, a vibrant and flourishing city with plenty to offer. Culture addicts certainly won’t go short with opportunities to visit such places as the Latvian National Opera, Latvian National Theatre, Riga Russian Theatre, Daile Theatre, Latvian State Puppet Theatre and the new Riga Theatre. Entertainment is always on hand with music festivals, concerts, folk music and of course lively locales for nightlife lovers.