More than 800 years old, the city of Riga is the gemstone of Latvia and its capital. Located on the south coast of the Gulf of Riga, the city is close to the River Daugava. Riga is considered one of the largest cities in the Baltic States and has a population of 700.000 people.
Dating from ancient times, the city it is a mix of architectural history, old and modern. You can see coexisting in beautiful harmony churches built back in the days along with medieval buildings in the Old Town and great Art Nouveau architecture.
Riga is impressive by its cultural agenda. One of the places that worth visiting is Latvian National Opera. Here you can see performing artists from different corners of the world. Attending to classical and popular concerts it is another way of enjoying this cultural place.
The gastronomy in Riga is an enchanting adventure that takes you through a variety of tastes. The Latvian cuisine it is a fusion of flavors. Here people love consuming raw and smoke fish, wheat, barley, cabbage, onions, potatoes and pork. The dishes are of rustic inspiration with a modern kick to them. When you visit Riga make sure to taste Rupjmaize, the national symbol; the dark bread made of rye is one of the Latvian specialties.
In Riga, tourists can join running the marathons, take part in orienting expeditions in the forest or enjoy different competitions during summer. Jogging or skiing is always an alternative in Riga. Kayaking is an aquatic sport that is very popular in Latvia.
If you are on the look for a relaxing day in Riga, you should go ahead and try the wellness centers that offer spa treatments, from massaging to cosmetic procedures. Don’t miss the special ritual of taking a Latvian bath.
Getting lost on the narrow streets in Riga is part of the charm of the city. While you are there exploring by foot you can buy at reasonable prices beautiful handmade souvenirs or you can visit the art galleries.
For those looking for the perfect Eastern European location for their business conference, international meetings or multicultural exhibitions, Riga is definitely the city that offers the perfect infrastructure for this.
If you decide you cannot live without being connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms, you don’t have to worry about bad service on Internet here. In 2014, Riga has been declared the capital of free WiFi. No matter where you are, in your hotel, getting from one place to another in a cab or just having brunch in a nice café, you can communicate and navigate on Internet for free.