Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme | What to do and see in Latvia | Sixt rent a car

Latvia can be compared to the four cardinal directions – it is just that diverse. Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale – each with their own charm and character, formed by the habits of the people, the differences of nature, and even the weather. The complete feeling of Latvia can only be grasped by experiencing its different tastes, smells, various terrains, and, above all, getting to know the people who create all this colour.

We are glad that you have decided to visit Kurzeme, often called the windiest region of Latvia due to its location by the Baltic Sea. Sixt car rental, in cooperation with the
Latvian Investment and Development Agency Tourism Department, has developed 2-day routes that have been visited, tested and appreciated by locally and globally renowned people. The Kurzeme region was explored by the singer Samanta Tīna. We only offer proven values!

Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

Before we go, we will introduce you to some of the rules of the trip.
In Latvia, the maximum permitted speed on a non-urban roads is 90 km/h, on urban roads - 50 km/h; everyone in the vehicle must wear a seat belt, but you already know this! We believe that you have the sparkle of a youthful and relentless explorer inside you and that you can inspire and demonstrate this wonderful sense of adventure to others!
Share your pictures, feelings, views and experiences by adding the hashtag #ApceļojuLatviju for your Latvian friends, and #EnjoyLatvia - for your foreign friends. Be creative and invent the hashtags yourself!

Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

If you do not have your own car, or you need a bigger one at the last minute, it is always possible to rent it. Rent your Sixt car from our website, Sixt App or call +371 67207121 and get your car delivered to your preferred location at the time most convenient for you! Enough of the rules, we are ready to go! Onwards to Kurzeme!

First day. And the adventure starts!

Travel Routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

9:00 Start in Riga
You don’t need to listen to songs and sing along, but we would be glad if you took pictures and shared them with your friends on social networks before going on your trip to Kurzeme. Remember to use the hashtags #ApceļojuLatviju #EnjoyLatvia

If you leave Riga early enough, at around 9:00, then in just half an hour, at 9:30, you will have reached a place that always offers wonderfully smelling morning coffee, made from the tastiest coffee beans. Here, when the people do something, they do it just the way it was done hundreds of years ago – 
sincerely and authentically, with all of their heart, soul, and mind, and most importantly, with their own hands. It wouldn’t surprise us if you could already smell the magical aroma now, when reading this letter, as it comes from just around the corner –only two big turns away. Your first destination of the day is the Lāči bakery in Babīte Parish. Did you guess?

9:30-10:00 Bread bakery "Lāči"

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"Benūžu – Skauģi", p/n Piņķi, Babītes pag.
Website: https://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/bakery-laci
www.laci.lvhttps://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/bakery-laci; phone: +371 66047555

Bread bakery "Lāči" | Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

Things happen a little differently here in Lāči Bakery. More thoroughly. When a Lāči baker gets ready to bake bread, he spends a long time preparing himself, as well as the dough. To bake great bread, you need inspiration. It is the same as in any other creative process, where you have to get a hold of yourself, step back a bit, and devote all of yourself to simply creating. Apart from excellent bread, made according to ancient traditions, in the early morning hours in this miraculous place, hidden from sight by the morning mist, many gnomes in colourful hats are said to run around and help the bakers prepare for the day. Table, deck yourself!

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After a little snack in the Lāči bakery’s cafe, your next stop is planned at 10:45-11:45 in Meduspils, a place that, similarly to the Lāči bakery, is not short of diligent staff. 

10.45-11.45 Honey Castle

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Kāres, Blīdenes pag., Brocēnu nov.
Website: 
www.meduspils.lv;
Book an excursion: +371 29497903; [email protected]

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Skrunda Manor, a pearl of 19th century architecture lying on the bank of the picturesque River Venta, is one of the most beautiful manors in Latvia, which despite being completely renovated, has maintained its historical elegance and is receiving both Latvian and foreign guests. Skrunda Manor offers spectacular views of one of the largest rivers in Latvia as well as the beautiful Latvian countryside, and its guests can enjoy the rural peace and the convenient access right from the Riga-Liepāja highway.
There are 12 spacious and elegant rooms, many active leisure activities, as well as a restaurant that has been recognised as one of the best in the Latvian countryside. We suggest having an elegant lunch on the manor’s terrace and enjoying the delightful views over the River Venta and the beautiful Skrunda Manor park.
Due to its architecture and visual appearance, Skrunda Manor is often referred to as a miniature copy of Mežotne Palace. Go and see it for yourself!

12:30-14:00 Skrunda Manor

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Pils iela 2, Skrunda
GPS: 56.670021, 22.023172
Website: skrundasmuiza.lv; phone: + 371 22113355

Skrundas manor | Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

Skrunda Manor, a pearl of 19th century architecture lying on the bank of the picturesque River Venta, is one of the most beautiful manors in Latvia, which despite being completely renovated, has maintained its historical elegance and is receiving both Latvian and foreign guests. Skrunda Manor offers spectacular views of one of the largest rivers in Latvia as well as the beautiful Latvian countryside, and its guests can enjoy the rural peace and the convenient access right from the Riga-Liepāja highway.

There are 12 spacious and elegant rooms, many active leisure activities, as well as a restaurant that has been recognised as one of the best in the Latvian countryside. We suggest having an elegant lunch on the manor’s terrace and enjoying the delightful views over the River Venta and the beautiful Skrunda Manor park.
Due to its architecture and visual appearance, Skrunda Manor is often referred to as a miniature copy of Mežotne Palace. Go and see it for yourself!

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If along the way you get annoyed by some inexperienced driver or quite the opposite – if someone challenges you, please be patient, because very soon you will be able to prove yourself on the race track.

15:00-17:30 BSR Liepāja Go-Kart Track

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Liepāja, Vecā ostmala 22
Working hours: Mon–Sun 11:00-22:00
Website:
www.bsrliepaja.blueshockrace.comhttps://bsrliepaja.lv/; +371 27880035

Liepāja Go-Kart Track

For a very long time, Liepāja has been called the city of rally, so driving a go-kart on the Liepāja Electric Go-Kart Track is a must-have on your trip to Kurzeme. Prove to yourself that you are able to drive not only modern cars, but also somewhat simpler motorised transport, produced right here in Liepāja! This is the first electric go-kart track in Latvia, where you can have a taste of motorsports by competing with electric go-karts. It’s not only quick go-karts that come from Liepāja, but also excellent athletes. It’s no secret that due to its precise steering, many of the best rally drivers have this little motorised mini vehicle to thank. Maybe you will discover a new talent! 

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No matter how exciting competing might be, the very best also need a break in order to progress and reach new goals. Today’s next goal and attraction is Karosta Prison. You’re not afraid, are you? 

18:00-19:00 Karosta Prison

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Invalīdu iela 4, Karosta, Liepāja
Working hours: in June, July and August every day 9:00-19:00
Website:
www.karostascietums.lv; phone: +371 26369470

Karosta Prison in Liepaja | Travel routes in Latvia | Sixt rent a car

Here you are, in Karosta Prison. Stay calm! No one is going to punish you for real, even if you weren’t able to drive any of vehicles earlier in the day. You will have the opportunity to put yourself in a criminal’s shoes by going on a guided excursion, so don’t be late. You will also be able to try on a few different historical outfits. Karosta Prison is the only military prison in Europe that is open to the public, and the only prison that has never been escaped from. For a really authentic experience, you can also try a hearty meal from our buffet, prepared and served by a real soviet-time buffet-lady. If you keep an eye on the news from Karosta Prison, you can plan your visit for a day when guided cycling tours around the prison are available. But that’s for another time!

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If you are up for a real challenge, stay the night in Karosta Prison! It has been recognised as more impressive than Alcatraz in the US and it offers the possibility to sleep on a prison bunk or in a steel bed and to have a prisoner’s meal. Remember to book in advance by calling +371 26369470. This is a very special opportunity, which is also proven by it being included in the Premier Traveler Worldwide`s list of the 10 most unusual stays

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Right after Karosta Prison, go and explore the underground together with other travellers, learning about the Northern Fort. It is a fortification system said to be built during the times of tsarist rule. Up until 1994, the Northern Fort was part of a closed military territory. Put simply, the Northern Fort is a subterranean labyrinth that goes on for many kilometres and is just a small part of Liepāja Fortress.

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After exploring the underground tunnels in Liepāja, your body will not only be striving for sunlight but also for something to fill up your stomach. Have you ever heard of the famous MO Liepāja restaurant? It is renowned for both its excellent food and atmosphere. Fun fact - the restaurant was opened by Mārtiņš Porziņģis, brother of the world-famous basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis. Enjoy!

Stay the night in Promenade Hotel

Vecā Ostmala 40, Liepāja
Website:
promenadehotel.lv; phone: +371 63488288

Promenade hotel in Liepaja | Travel Routes in Latvia

Promenade Hotel is a 5-star design hotel located in a unique place in Liepāja, right by the city canal, marina and Liepāja Port. Each room at this design hotel is special with its individual look, while at the reception of the hotel there is an art gallery displaying the hotel’s personal artwork collection. The hotel often puts on events, concerts and plays to entertain its guests, so don’t forget to check if something special is being organised for the evening of your stay. The hotel’s restaurant Piano offers wonderful dinners with views over the promenade. And the SPA treatments... So many reasons to stay!

Second day. And the adventure goes on!

9:30-12:00 Liepāja

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Beach in front of the Lifeguard Station.

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A beautiful morning in Liepāja. We believe that a gentle stroll along the beach will help to wake up not only the body, but also the mind. It is often said that they wake up at different speeds. We would love you to see the big Liepāja letters that are located right by the sea. It is a very popular spot for taking photographs for both tourists and locals in order to express their love for this beautiful city. Join in to let us know that you’ve had a great start to your day! Smile! Share your photo on your social network profiles and don’t forget to add the #EnjoyLatvia hashtag to inspire your friends to follow in your footsteps.

10:00-11:00 Kristaps Porziņģis KP6 Basketball Court

Jurmalas 2, Liepaja

Phone: +371 29397797 

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When your body and your mind have woken up, we suggest you have a look at the freshly opened, nearby basketball court that is located in the park by the beach. This court was a gift from Kristaps Porziņģis, a famous Latvian basketball player. A meeting with Kristaps hasn’t been planned but we would like to show you what not every Latvian has managed – creating a special place in their native city, which helps the development of the local community. 

When your body and your mind have woken up, we suggest you have a look at the freshly opened, nearby basketball court that is located in the park by the beach. This court was a gift from Kristaps Porziņģis, a famous Latvian basketball player. A meeting with Kristaps hasn’t been planned but we would like to show you what not every Latvian has managed – creating a special place in their native city, which helps the development of the local community. 

Stand in the middle of the court, close your eyes and imagine the stubbornness, perseverance and number of broken pairs of shoes that helped the young Latvian talent to get into the best basketball league in the world. 

11:00-12:00 Tower of the Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral

Travel routes in Latvia: Kurzeme

Liela street 9, Liepaja 
GPS: 56.509861, 21.013438

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Now that you’ve seen Liepāja from the usual perspective, it’s time to have a look at it from a bird’s eye view. In the case that you weren’t lucky enough to meet Kristaps practising together with young basketball lovers and be picked up on his shoulders, then you should try and make it to Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral before 11:00 to visit its tower for a stunning panorama of the city and to get a real feel of that famous wind of Liepāja.

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As soon as you get down, please, contact Dagnis, your surfing or paddle boarding supervisor for today’s activity in Pāvilosta. Call +371 26444934

13:00–14:30 Paddle boarding or surfing in Pāvilosta

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Spinout Surf Club in Pāvilosta
Dzintaru iela 1, Pāvilosta, Pāvilostas nov.
Website: www.facebook.com/SpinoutSurfCafe; phone: +371 26444934

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When leaving Liepāja City Centre, drive in the direction of Pāvilosta. This is where your active leisure of the day is planned to happen. Depending on the wind speed of the day of your trip, you will either be taught to ride the waves on a surfboard or to use a SUP board. Paddle boarding is a very interesting activity that has also become popular in Latvia during the last couple of years. It’s very simple – you just stand on a wide board and paddle on calm waters, keeping your balance.

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It is known that after an intense leisure activity the body is able to burn almost all new calories immediately, so for lunch we recommend going to the nearby tavern Āķagals, where you can taste fish caught by local fishermen and prepared according to proven recipes.

15:15 Jūrkalne Seashore Bluffs

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Jūrkalne, Ventspils nov., LV-3626
GPS: 57.017943, 21.384799
Website: www.jurkalnesstavkrasts.lv 

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The Jūrkalne Bluffs are one of the most picturesque parts of Latvia’s seashore, with a quiet beach untouched by civilisation and bluffs that reach a height of up to 20 metres. They carry on for almost 14 km along the Baltic Sea between the cities of Liepāja and Ventspils. Capture the moment and share your photo on social networks with the #EnjoyLatvia hashtag!

16:00-17:00 Riežupe Sand Caves in Kuldīga

Riežupe Sand Caves in Kuldīga

Rumbas pag., Kuldīgas nov.
Working hours: 11:00 - 17:00
Website: 
www.smilsualas.lv

Riežupe Sand Caves in Kuldīga | Travel routes in Latvia

These caves are quite the exotic tourist attraction because of their unusual labyrinths. The Riežupe Sand Caves consist of 460 m long, labyrinthine underground tunnels that are said to have mysterious and healing powers. These caves were created over the course of three generations, and all the labyrinthine tunnels are man-made. 

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After having explored c, go to the Venta Waterfall and don’t forget to cross the Kuldīga Brick Bridge – it’s a classic.

17:30-18:00 Sabile Wine Hill

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Have a safe trip home! You have enjoyed two days full of impressions and experiences and maybe it was quite a lot but there will definitely be a lot to remember! Once again, thank you for joining the campaign “Latvia in 4 weekends”, the aim of which is to get to know the regions of Latvia from a traveller’s point of view, to discover the undiscovered and to inspire others to embark on their own journeys. #ApceļojuLatviju #EnjoyLatvia