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In cooperation with Dundaga, Ventspils, Alsunga and Kuldiga municipalities we have developed route maps for exploring the Suiti land and the Liv coastline - brochure "The Suiti land" and booklet "The Liv coastline is inviting you!".

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In January 19-28, 2018 we were working in Latvian stand at the "Gruene Woche", the world's largest and most poular annual food exhibition. Te 250 sq.m. stand space was occupied by a variety of food and crafts masters who showed their skills and offered delicious products for tasting.

The staff of Baltic Country Holidays did a good job promoting rural holidays in Latvia and the events to celebrate Latvia's Centenary. Stand visitors were treated with healthy herbal teas and received free postcards with images of rural Latvia to send greetings to their friends right from the stand. We learned a lot from our stand visitors about what they find attractive and enjoyable in our traditional cuisine and will use this knowledge to build new and attractive historical culinary routes like the Livonian Culinary Route coming soon.

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The Baltic Coastal Hiking Route is the longest hiking route in the Baltic States, with a total distance of more than 1,200 kilometres.  The route passes along sandy and rocky beaches, steep shores and cliffs, small and historical seashore towns, fishing villages and two dynamic capital cities - Rīga and Tallinn.  Alongside the route are more than 650 objects of natural, cultural and historical importance.  Travellers who prefer long distances are invited to hike the entire length of the route, while those who prefer shorter routes can choose any part of the route, choosing complete peace and isolation along the Kurzeme coastline or a stretch with cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops near the larger shoreline towns.

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Repeated German language edition of the brochure "Latvian foods and beverages" has been released.

The brochure introduces popular traditional foods and beverages that we eat at home and serve in restaurants. It is helpful to a foreign guest willing to indulge in national cuisine.

Latvia has a wealth of culinary traditions, because the country is at the crossroads of Europe. Latvian cuisine is distinctly seasonal, as each of our four seasons offers specific products and tasty treats.  Fresh foods directly from local producers are available all year round in shops and food markets. Many producers sell their produce in farm shops.

Printed brochure is available in Latvian, English, German languages.
See English language e-book here.
With the support of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture.

 

 

 

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We have released a new collection of postcards with great images from rural life.

The postcards tell about real rural feeling and heritage traditions that have lived through times and make part of today's life. So it's about what people still do in the countryside - go mushrooming in autumn, bake our special pīrāgi for festive table, and gather wild herb teas in the summertime. You can experience it visiting our countryside!

If you want to say hello from Latvian countryside to your friends, send them a postcard!
POSTCARDS (gallery)

The postcards are available from the office of Baltic Country Holidays, 40, Kalnciema str., Riga.

The postcard collection is produced under the project Heritage based agritourism product development in Latvia-Lithuania, supported by the EU Interreg Latvia-Lithuania programme 2014-2020.

 

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Together with Livs from Kurzeme coastline and Dundaga municipality we have prepared Livi style book which presents the visual identity of the Liv coastline. The brochure contains information about the Livs, their cultural and historical values and features, as well as Liv symbols and graphic elements, thus preserving the cultural heritage of the Liv coastline.

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We have come up with some carefully detailed programs in the countryside that might catch the interest of individual travellers and groups alike. They can be experienced as stopover visits with lunch in the countryside if you are on a longer touring route, or as 1-2 day outings for people staying in Riga. The program descriptions include maps, distances, timing, facilities, contacts and other practical details that help to plan your trip. Get inspired to explore the countryside!

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Gingerbreads – the famous Christmas cookies are a real Christmas treat. Many people make them at home, and many bakeries offer ready-made dough. Traditional ingredients are honey, malt, butter, eggs, flour, and a rich bouquet of various spices including ginger, cinnamon, clove, and more. The “Lāči” bakery is famous for its great variety of traditional rye bread, but in Christmas season they offer gingerbread workshops. Small groups of 10-15 people are welcome to enjoy a 1 hour session with a  professional baker making gingerbreads in wonderful shapes – it is even possible to make your gingerbread Christmas tree or a little gingerbread cabin. Traditionally gingerbreads are glazed in sugar coating to make them nice and beautiful. Natural colours are used to make the glazing colourful, like beet-root, fruit and berry juices. Such masterpieces are often used as decorations on Christmas tree. 


Winter season reveals fascinating bog landscapes when shimmering snow crystals cover trees, majestic silence rules and abundance of fresh, snow-smelling air makes one happily dizzy.
Two young Latvian nature scientists came up with the idea to offer bog tours some years ago. Since then, their bog tours have become extremely popular in all seasons as family fun, team building experience or nature lovers’ escape. The tours are available for small groups, and the participants are given special snow shoes to make walking easier on the snow. The route length in the Great Ķemeru bog is 6km, and the guided tour takes ca 3-4 hours. The guide tells about plant and animal life, about nature processes in the bog and landscape. Even when temperatures are below 0°C, people feel warm as walking takes some physical effort. The Great Ķemeru bog offers and excellent and safe opportunity to spend a day in wild nature just 45km from Riga.


The Valmiermuiža beer brewery is a great keeper of local traditions and a local community centre just 110km from Riga. On the top of producing excellent beer, they organise seasonal celebrations and farmers markets.  Valmiermuiža’s winter solstice market is a popular celebration that attracts visitors from near and far, tempting them with fragrances, flavours and visual delights. This year it is held on December 16. As usual in Valmiermuiža, the market will be attended by craftsmen and home producers offering visitors pots of honey, authentic rural rye bread, homemade wines, dried berries and other delicacies. In addition, visitors can also choose from a selection of beautiful and useful Christmas gifts including warm gloves, woollen socks, attractive jewellery, woven baskets, wooden spoons, leather gloves and wallets. During the market, special workshops will be open where everybody will be able to learn the ancient practices of solstice celebrations and to make traditional decorations from natural materials.
The market closes in the evening to continue the celebration together with “Dandari”, a popular folklore group to involve everybody in singing, dancing and traditional seasonal games as Latvians celebrated in pre-Christian times.