It’s a real treat to find somewhere that hasn’t been spoilt by tourism and a cruise holiday to Latvia will take you to just such a place. It may be small, but it is perfectly formed, unpretentious and mesmerising.
Riga is an absolute joy. Its Old Town’s architecture has barely changed since medieval times, rightfully earning it UNESCO World Heritage status. Riga’s wealth of restaurants will introduce you to typically hearty Latvian cuisine. Red meat, fish and warming stews abound, all washed down with a local beer or, if you’re brave enough, some of the local spirits. But be warned, these are incredibly strong.
Not too far away is the popular seaside resort of Jurmala with its mineral springs and white sandy beach, perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.
A cruise holiday to Latvia is a rare thing as it combines history, culture and stunning scenery in a country that has, so far, been unspoilt. Best keep it a secret so it remains that way.