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.
Where and When I Went
7th - 14th June 2013
4th - 7th July 2013
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.
All neighbours are former USSR stable mates, although not always mates: Russia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania.
Reasons To Go To Latvia
Easy cycling, uncrowded roads, cost, your instatiable love of trees.
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What Others Say
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"Loved Riga and Sigulda. The Cesme beer in Riga was addictive!" Len DeMoss
In Search of the Long Legged Blondes of Eastern Europe
This link takes you to Len DeMoss's first day in Latvia in 2013.
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