Photo: www.li.lv Inna Lazdia / The Latvian Institute the Daugava river flows through russia, Belarus and latvia. riga's old town is a unesco World heritage site. Photo: www.li.lv Imants Urtans / The Latvian Institute latvia boasts more than 500 kilometres of coastline. Nowadays, Jurmala's main city of Majori offers two of the most exclusive spas, the Baltic Beach Hotel and Hotel Jurmala Spa, just a minutes walk from the shore. You can catch a glimpse of Latvia's pristine nature it boasts more than 500 kilometres of coastline by taking a visit to one of the nature reserves or parks in the area. The largest and most encompassing of them is Kemeri National Park, easily accessible by train from Riga. Several kilometres of newly constructed footbridges will lead you through wet forests and sulphur bogs, providing rare opportunities to witness birds such as white-backed woodpeckers, waterfowl, migrating geese and cranes as well as various orchid species in their natural habitats. The park also has scheduled bird, beaver and bat viewings throughout the year. www.balticbeach.lv www.hoteljurmala.com www.jurmala.lv www.kemeri.gov.lv Further AFielD If you're looking to branch out from the capital, one of Latvia's most popular nature preserves is just an hour's drive (50 kilometres) away, at the Gauja National Park, which offers countless opportunities for camping, hiking, MAY 2009 Blue Wings 51
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