Regions in Latvia
Despite the fact that socioeconomic and cultural distinctions across Latvian areas are minor, they nevertheless exist. Traditional clothing is an example of this, which varies from area to region.
The nation is split into regions in a variety of official and unofficial ways. Vidzeme, Kurzeme, Zemgale, and Latgale are the most frequently split main areas. Riga, which is normally considered part of Vidzeme, is often divided into distinct regions, either by city borders or by the boundaries of the Riga Planning Region, which encompasses a wider area.
When the Riga Area is stated, most locals will think the city of Riga and its suburbs are being discussed rather than the larger formal planning region.
Riga region (Riga, Jūrmala)
The central Riga Planning Territory, which contains almost half of Latvia’s population, is the Baltic nations’ biggest formal region.
Vidzeme (Cēsis, Sigulda)
The longest Latvian river, Gauja, the highest point in Latvia, Gaizikalns, Latvia’s largest cave, Gtmaala, the Gauja National Park, and other attractions may all be found in the north-central Vidzeme area.
Kurzeme (Liepāja, Ventspils)
The western Kurzeme area offers direct access to the Baltic Sea and displays maintained customs and culture, enabling tourists to visit sites such as ancient Livonian fishermen’s settlements.
Zemgale (Jelgava, Bauska)
The Zemgale area in south-central Latvia is Latvia’s flattest region, traditionally renowned for being an excellent location for all agricultural requirements.
Latgale (Daugavpils, Rēzekne)
Lakes abound in the eastern Latgale area. It has a significant ethnic Russian population, particularly in Daugavpils, the region’s main city.
Cities in Latvia
- Riga, Latvia’s capital city and 2014 European Capital of Culture, has a lengthy history.
- Cēsis – is one of Latvia’s oldest towns, featuring a Livonian Order Castle and attractions in the Old Town, and is situated in central Latvia.
- Daugavpils – Daugavpils is Latvia’s second largest city, situated in the south-east and home to many factories and other businesses.
- Jūrmala is a famous vacation spot near Riga and the Baltic Sea.
- Kuldīga is a historic town in the western region of the nation with distinctive architecture and Europe’s largest waterfall ledge.
- Liepaja, often known as “the Wind City,” is a city in Latvia’s south-west that has contemporary architecture and a lengthy history, as well as the previously secret Soviet military suburb of Karosta (literally: War Port)
- Madona is a tiny town in eastern Vidzeme that is situated in a mountainous region.
- Sigulda – a town in central Latvia with many fascinating castles and historic sites; the most popular tourist attraction outside of Riga.
- Ventspils – is a town in Latvia’s northwestern region that is home to the Baltic nations’ busiest ice-free port.