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Cycling in Latvia
Latvia In A Nutshell
Like the other Baltic States, Latvia is mostly flat, heavily wooded and a cost-effective location for an interesting cycle tour. Watch out for the mosquitoes.
When I Went To Latvia
7th - 14th June 2013 (red)
4th - 7th July 2013 (blue)
Where I Went
Lots of trees and empty, windswept beaches.
Latvia's Road Quality
Main roads are mostly good. Occasionally you get one like the picture below.
All other roads and tracks seem to be gravel, often deeper than you'll enjoy with thinner tyres. Mountain bikes tyres would be advisable if you're planning on avoiding the main roads although traffic is light away from the bigger towns.
Latvia's Accommodation & Costs
Latvia is generally more expensive than Lithuania but cheaper than Estonia.
The three campsites I used averaged €7 (ranging from €5 to €9). My four hotels averaged €33 (ranging from €21 to €40).
Russian could be a useful backup but lots of people spoke English.
Reasons To Go To Latvia
Easy cycling, uncrowded roads, cost, your instatiable love of trees.
What Others Say
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Loved Riga and Sigulda. The Cesme beer in Riga was addictive!
Len DeMoss (August 2014)
Your Opinions & Questions
Have you cycled in Latvia? Tell me what you think and I'll include your comments here. Also, if you have a blog, web site or Facebook page that includes an account of your trip, send me the URL and I'll include a link below. Include your name if you want your comment to be attributed to you. Or do you have a question about Latvia? Ask me and if I can answer it I'll add the information to the page.