For those busy in the city, green parks and squares are never more than a few minutes walk away, with bowling, carting and tennis all accessible day and evening.
For those with more time to explore, the countryside begins minutes outside of Riga.
To the north, forests and plains stretch all the way to the Gauja National Park and Siluga, a large town with a strong folklore tradition and a famous bobsleigh run, as well as well-organised ski runs.
Hot-air ballooning, bobsleigh, carting, horseback riding, sailing and yes, paintball warfare are just some of the other many daily activities available to pass time outdoors.
With the proper permits, hunting and fishing are also possible in forests just north of Riga.
Staying in a country house featuring a Latvian ‘herbal sauna’, horseback riding across scenic hills or fishing in a murmuring stream or river makes for a refreshing shared break.
For a more culturally oriented country trip there are numerous castles and manors complete with a variety of museums.
The extensive Baltic seashore is full of traditional fishing villages welcoming hungry visitors with delicious freshly smoked fish or proffering pleasant boat trips.
Golf has become an integral part of today’s business and recreation and on this score , Riga has not been left behind. There are 18-hole and 9-hole courses located within 20 minutes of the Riga City centre. Courses come with a complete range of amenities like driving ranges, clubhouses, restaurants and equipment rental.
For a full day of indoor sports and leisure, the Olympic Centre in Ventspils offers world-class sports facilities. The centre is also a venue for all important sports events, hosting non-stop action throughout the year. See the Directory page for links to more recreation and sports activities available in and around Riga and Latvia.
Events in Latvia
RIGA International Rural Tourism workshop
Phone: +371 761 7600, Fax: +371 7830041, e-mail: email@example.com, web: www.celotajs.lv
RIGA International Sculpture Quadrennial “European Space”
Exhibition Hall “Arsenals“, Phone: (+371) 9431200, web: www.sculpturequadrennial.lv
RIGA Craftsmen’s Annual Fair
Riga Open-Air Museum, Phone: +371 7994106, web: www.virmus.com
RIGA Riga Opera Festival – J. Massenet’s “Manon”, A.Rubinstein’s “Demon”, G.Puccini’s “Tosca”
Riga Latvian National Opera, www.opera.lv Phone: (+371) 7073777; Fax: (+371) 7228930 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CESIS The 4th Baltic Medieval Festival Cesis,
Museum Garden BMF Organisational Committee, Phone: (+371) 9161120, 9463646; E-mail: email@example.com
JURMALA Finnish Culture Days in Jurmala – exhibitions, concerts, seminars, discussions Jurmala,
Bulduru Culture Palace Muižas iela 6, Info: Jurmala City Council, Phone: +371 7764446 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
VENSTPILS International Windsurfing Competition
Phone: (+371) 3622587 www.ocventspils.lv
CESIS International Rally “Cesis 2004”
Cesis web: www.autorally.lv RIGA Grass Day Fair
The Dome Square Riga City Council, Department of Culture, Phone: +371 7043649, Fax: +371 7043671, e-mail: email@example.com
LATVIA (All towns and villages) Traditional Latvian Midsummer Festival
Latvian Institute: www.latinst.lv Information on the places of celebration: www.latviatourism.lv
KRASLAVA Daugava River Celebration Phone: +371 5622201, 9851091, 9434149
TALSI Talsi Town Festival and International Brass Band Festival
Phone: +371 3232114, 3223751, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.talsi.lv
LATVIA (All coastal towns and villages) Sea and Fishermen’s Festivals – Festival to mark Neptune coming out of the sea Regional Tourism Information Centres www.latviatourism.lv
RIGA Baltic Student Song and Dance Festival “Gaudeamus” Phone: +371 7228718, e-mail: email@example.com
KULDIGA Medieval Festival web: www.kuldiga.lv
BAUSKA The 10th International Festival of Early Music Phone: +371 6545522, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RIGA The International Festival of the Organ Music “Rigas Doms” Phone: 7205485, Vagnera iela 4
JURMALA Jomas Street Festival Phone: +371 7764446, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
RIGA European Nation Folk Art and Culture Festival “Europeade” Phone: + 371 7043651, www.europeade.lv
VENTSPILS The 24th Baltic Sea Region Motorbike Reunion Phone: + 371 3621200, 3623796 www.ventspils.lv
SABILE (Talsi District) Wine Festival in the most northern vine growing area in the world Phone: + 371 3252269
LEIPAJA International Rock Music Festival “Liepaja Amber 2004” Concert Hall “Put, vejini” Sport and Culture Palace, Dace Gruntmane, Phone: + 371 3425707, 9468757, e-mail: email@example.com
VENTSPILS Ventspils Town Festival
Ventspils Culture Centre – Phone: + 371 362 1200, Ventspils Municipality: firstname.lastname@example.org
AGLONA Virgin Mary’s Ascension Day Celebration
LEIPAJA The 3rd International Festival of the Organ Music, St. Trinity Church, Phone: +371 3404780 email@example.com, www.liepaja.lv
RIGA and LEIPAJA The 7th International Festival of the Sacred Music (Concerts on August 10, 14, 18, 22, 27, 28, Sept.4) Compositions by J.S. Bach, S. Gubaidulina, I. Raminš, I. Riša, J. Taverner Riga, Liepaja The State Academic Choir Latvia Phone/Fax: +371 7223839, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.music.lv/choirs/Latvia/Sac
VENTSPILS Baltic Sea Region Bridge Championship
Ventspils Olym[pic Centre, Solvita Zilgme, Phone: +371 3622587, web: www.tourism.ventspils.lv
JURMALA Bread Festival Phone: +371 7764446, e-mail: email@example.com
SAULKRASTI The 7th International Saulkrasti Jazz Festival
Phone: 91 24 735, Fax.7954160, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com www.saulkrastijazz.lv
VALKA Joint Concert of Latvian and Estonian National Operas Phone: +371 4707522, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RIGA International Movie Forum “Arsenals”
Phone: +371 7221620, e-mail: email@example.com, web: www.arsenals.lv
RIGA (and throughout Latvia) International Choir Festival “Riga dimd”
RIGA (and throughout Latvia) The 12th International Festival September Chamber Music Days
Phone: +371 7205485, Vagnera Street 4
RIGA New Music Festival “Arena” Phone: (+371) 6426611, web: www.arenafest.lv
TALSI Latvian Roma Children and Youth Music Festival “Urdenoro”
Sabile Talsi Region Culture department, Phone: (+371) 3222708
JELGAVA International Festival of Ice Sculptures
Phone: +371 3023461, 3021271