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Riga

Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Riga, Latvia from Ireland

Welcome to Riga,  a real gem of the Baltics. It has a rich cultural heritage and ancient history and it is certainly a city to put on your to-visit-list. We offer cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Riga from Ireland so call us today for the lowest available prices.

The Latvian capital has a population of 699,203 and it is more than 800 years old. Each century has left its mark on the architecture of Riga’s Old Town and its City Centre. The cultural heritage co-exists with the quick pace of modern living.

 Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s noted for its Art Nouveau and Jugendstil Architecture and 19th Century Wooden Architecture. Riga is well known as the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and you can experience a real life gallery of Art Nouveau architecture by the Russian architect Mikhail Eisenstein.

Riga offers a dynamic cultural life with many concert halls regularly hosting classic and popular music concerts. While on your holiday and city break in Riga, you can explore the abundant variety of theatres, which are scattered throughout the city. A trip to the Russian Theatre and The Latvian National Theatre should be on your itinerary list. The Russian Theatre is the oldest professional drama theatre in Latvia and it was established in 1883. The theatres repertoire includes classical plays and experimental performances in Russian and from other foreign playwrights.

The Latvian National Theatre preserves the traditions of the Latvian drama school. It is one of the biggest theatres in the country and it was founded in 1919.

Take a tour of Riga Cathedral (Rigas Doms), which is the largest house of worship in the Baltic’s. Riga Cathedral measures 187x43 metres and the walls are two metres thick, and it's also has one of the biggest organs in Europe (6,768 pipes).

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is a very interesting museum for the entire family to see. Here, the museum is dedicated to the Nazi and the Soviet occupations of Latvia. Presently, it is in the process of moving to its new home in the former United States Embassy on Raina Bulvaris.

A visit to Riga’s Central Market is highly recommended, so why not check out our wonderful deals on flights and holidays to Riga from Ireland. When it was constructed in 1930, Riga’s Central Market was one of the most modern marketplaces on the European Continent. Here you will come across so much diversity and tons of choice. You will find designer goods, electrical items including tools, bric-a-brac, as well as mouth watering fresh food.

After your trip to Riga’s Central Market, you should head to Riga’s Old Town, where you will definitely enjoy the charm and the overall warmth that the city of Riga possesses.

Riga’s restaurants offer fusion cuisine, so be ready to taste traditional Latvian fair as well as original meals, which offer an astonishing combination of tastes, taking you on an extraordinary culinary experience.

For all of you who love shopping, you will thoroughly enjoy the thrilling shopping experiences, which await you in Riga’s Old Town where you will find everything from trendy boutiques to the more famous fashion brands. You will also come across small shops and stalls in every corner and part of Riga’s Old Town, which sell souvenirs.

A major tourist attraction that draws thousands and thousands of visitors each year is The House of the Blackheads. It was built in 1334 and it can be found in Town Hall Square in the heart of Riga’s Old Town. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th Century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads – a Guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. The House of the Blackheads is one of Riga’s architectural treasures and it was rebuilt in honour of the city’s 800th anniversary in 2001.

What better way to enjoy Riga’s iconic and stunning views than by taking a boat trip along the Daugava River. You are sure to have a splendid time and it is such a great way of getting the best holiday snaps of Riga’s major landmarks and spectacular city.

Riga is a beautiful holiday destination where you will be able to explore and relax.

If you'd like to visit other parts of Latvia, we also offer cheap Jurmala flights and holidays or you could plan a Stockholm holiday during your stay in Riga.

For cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Riga from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.

 

 

 

 


Information & Facts

Activities

Riga City Tour

Take in an Ice Hockey game during your stay in Riga

Riga Old Town Walking Tour

Segway Tour

 

 

Climate

The climate of Riga is humid continental. The coldest months are January and February, when the average temperature is −5 °C but temperatures as low as −20 °C to −25 °C can be observed almost every year on the coldest days. The proximity of the sea causes frequent autumn rains and fogs. Continuous snow cover may last eighty days. The summers in Riga are warm and humid with the average temperature of 18 °C, while the temperature on the hottest days can exceed 30 °C

Eating Out

Salve, Rastlaukums 5, Riga. +371 67044317. www.salve.lv

Salve: Enjoy the traditional Latvian food in the heart of the Latvian capital. It is located in Town Hall Square next to the House of the Blackheads. It is known for its friendly service and its quality regional and local dishes.

Cili Pica, Galerija Centrs, Audeju iela, 1822, Riga. www.e-pica.lv

Cili Pica: It may not be traditional Latvian food but Cili Pica's pizzas, pastas and dumplings that are on offer at this local pizza chain are very popular among locals and visitors alike.

Lido Recreation Centre, Krasta iela 76, Riga. +371 67504420. www.lido.lv

Lido Recreation Centre: Enjoy the ultimate Latvian dining experience. Not only can you enjoy a buffet style restaurant, the Lido Complex also contains a beer cellar, brewery, a bistro, live music, events, rides as well as Ice-Skating during the winter months. Take Tram 3,7 or 9 to the Lido stop.

Lido Vermanitis, Elizabetes iela 65, Riga. +371 67286289. www.lido.lv

Lido Vermanitis: Why not enjoy a stroll through Vermanes Park to this Latvian themed restaurant. You will be able to choose from a fantastic selection of Latvian delicacies from the buffet, or you can grab something from the salad bar. Wash it down with a glass of Kefirs or Kvass or a beverage of your choice while you enjoy traditional Latvian folk music. It is always cheap, quick and totally scrumptious. One visit and you will be hooked!!!

Getting Around

The city runs the trams (street-cars), buses and trolley buses. They all use the same e-ticket (e-talons); a single price covers any one route independent of the distance.

By foot

Streets are mostly asphalt, with Old town and some random streets being cobblestone; some smaller streets outside the city centre may be unpaved. Sidewalks are predominantly asphalt everywhere. Riga's Old town is best explored on foot, especially since it is not very large and cars are not allowed anyway. Cobblestones, where present, are round rather than flat, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

Taxi-bus (also called mini or march-route bus) services: operated by private companies, generally hold 10-11 people in a bus (seats only, at least officially), you must purchase the ticket on board (cash only, approximately 0.50 LVL, depending on the operator). Usually drives by and stops at overlapping city public transportation stops, otherwise can stop anywhere were permitted, so flag it to get in, and ask driver to stop in order to get out. If a route covers the city from one end to the other, you may be asked by driver how far you go, and would have to purchase two tickets, either beforehand or at a city centre stop. The taxi-bus services are being overtaken by the city at the moment, so there may be major changes in near future, such as organizing the routes so they would less overlap with the rest of transportation.

 

Trams are generally the fastest public transportation apart from trains. Although they are on street level and the rails are not always physically separated from the rest of the traffic, in all but the busiest rush hours they get their way. Taxi-buses are smaller and thus more manoeuvrable than buses and trolley buses, making them second only to trams.

By bike

Bicycles may be rented from stands several locations in the central city. One must have a mobile phone to register, but registration is free. The bikes have 3 speeds and lights, but it does not seem helmets are available. Cost is 0.7 LVL or 1 Euro per hour. Max of 6 LVL per day.

By boat

All the boats stop near the Stone Bridge (Akmens Tilts), which is right next to the House of Blackheads -- the Riga Tourist Information Centre, in the old town. During summer the following boat transport is available:

  • Boats between Riga and the beach city of Jurmala (24) - Leaves Riga at 11 am daily. Cost for adults is 10 LVL one-way, 15 LVL return.
  • Boats that tour up and down Daugava River.
  • Boat that goes to the Riga Zoo, located in Mezaparks district once or twice a day
Kids Attractions

Riga Zoo

Riga Circus

Doll Art Museum

The Open Air Ethnographic Museum

Livu Akvaparks

Lido Recreation Centre

 

 

Language

Latvian

Russian

English

Money

Euro

Nightlife

Once known by several clichéd names including the Vegas of the Baltics, Riga’s nightlife scene has had its ups and downs, but, thankfully, neighbourhood pubs have slashed the price of a pint and clubs are once again open until the last paying customer leaves. Many bars still close their doors before midnight on weeknights.

Skyline Bar: A visit to the Skyline is a must for any visitor to the Latvian capital. It is very popular among a foreign clientele. Views of the city of Riga are spectacular. If you wish to get one of the coveted seats by the windows is often quite a chore, but it is definitely worth the effort. Staff here are friendly and pleasant. Admission - Friday -Saturday: 2LS

Restaurants

 

Labu apetiti!

 Latvian cuisine isn't famous, but that doesn't mean it hasn't got its adherents. Influenced by the likes of Poland, Russia and Germany, typical Latvian food includes pork, potatoes and cabbage in abundant measures. Latvians also have their own version of the ubiquitous East European dumpling, called 'piragi'. If all that sounds like a fast-track to thunder thighs then there's no need to panic. Riga has a wide variety of restaurants serving every dish under the sun, from Japanese sushi to Swiss rosti. So take your pick!

Shopping

If there were only two words to sum up the shopping experience in Latvia, they would have to be ‘really expensive.’ Prices of imported goods tend to be inexplicably high, with simple things like a pair of Nike runners costing in lats what they would cost in Euro anywhere else in Europe. Local crafts, food and alcohol, however, are still relatively cheap. Shops are scattered throughout Riga, with the highest number being concentrated around the Old Town and near the city centre. Several shiny shopping centres have also sprouted up in and around Riga.

Sightseeing

Riga Cathedral (Rigas Doms)

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Riga's Central Market

Riga's Old Town

The House of the Blackheads

Saint Peter's Church

Latvian War Museum

Riga Castle

Time

+2 Hours

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Hotel Tomo

This new hotel with its wide range of services, comprises 161 rooms and offers a high standard of service and friendly staff. It features 6 modern conference rooms, an internet café, the Firita restaurant, the trendy Bar 21, the Admirals Club and a renowned branch of the Latvian beauty salon chain...
Kolonna Hotel Brigita

Guests are welcomed into a lobby with 24-hour reception at this air-conditioned city hotel. Facilities at the hotel include lift access and a breakfast room. ## Location The hotel is located close to the city centre, on the opposite side of the Daugava River to the old town, in a residential area. All..
Hanza

This charming hotel is centrally located within 5 minutes walking distance from the Old Town, Central Railway Station and International Bus Station. Sights such as the House of the Blackheads, the Occupation Museum or the Cathedral are easily reachable. The hotel features 24-hour reception, currency..
Irina

## Location Ideally located in the heart of Riga, the old town is a few minutes stroll away as is the train and bus station. This hotel offers good value centrally located accommodation ideal for all types of traveller. ## Distance 10 kms to the nearest airport (riga international airport) Close to..
Konventa Seta

This is a unique hotel in that it has retained its historical image and also forms an excellent 3-star product in the centre of Riga. ## Location The hotel is found in the centre of old Riga, down a small side street. The location is perfect for discovering small picturesque buildings dating back many..
KOLONNA BRIGITA

Located close to the city centre on the opposite side of the Daugava River to the old town in a residential area. All of Riga's attractions are within easy reach with a short taxi ride. The Brigita Hotel offers comfortable clean affordable accommodation.Rooms are of a good size and standard, as are the..
Karavella Hotel

Karavella Hotel is located in the harbour area, 5 minutes drive from the Old Town. The hotel was opened in 1991 and completely renovated in July 2011. The hotel has restaurant, located on the 12th floor, lobby bar, 2 conference rooms for up to 40 seats and parking. All rooms are equipped with digital..
Hanza Hotel

Three star hotel which opened in May 2007 with modern design in a building from early 20th century. Opposite the Church of Jesus, the tallest wooden building in Latvia. Restaurant and pub also with entrance from the street. Very good conference facilities. WIFI standard throughout the building. All guest..
Kolonna Hotel Riga (Minimum 3 Nights)

Kolonna Hotel Riga is a friendly 3-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Riga. Highlights free Wi-Fi and an excellent location in the Old Town, near Riga Cathedral.
KOLONNA RIGA

Opened in 2005, this city hotel comprises a total of 41 rooms spread over 6 floors. During reconstruction work, the central façade retained its original appearance whilst the interiors were completely adapted to suit guests' needs. Merchants street is one of the most important streets in riga and..
HOTEL CLARION COLLECTION VALDEMARS

Nowadays hotel's building is art nouveau construction since 1901. The building was reconstructed and opened as hotel in 1999, last renovation was in 2006. The hotel has a restaurant for up to 60 seats, lobby bar, 2 conference halls for 40 and 10 seats, paid guarded parking in 5 minutes..
HOTEL HANZA

The building has been constructed in 1901 as apartment building. The building has been reconsrtucted and opened as hotel in spring 2007. The hotel has a restaurant "Hanza pub" For up to 45 seats, banquet hall for up to 40 seats and conference hall for up to 42 seats.
HOTEL DODO

New building, constructed in 2008. Dodo hotel is a new low cost hotel concept, which offers small and cosy room. At dodo hotel you do not pay for services that you do not need, but it offers you a modern and quality room in central location. Feel good in a warm atmosphere, sleep ..
KOLONNA BRIGITTA

A good quality comfortable hotel offering an ideal base to explore riga.
HOTEL KARAVELLA

The hotel was opened in 1991 and completely renovated in july 2011. Hotel offers 76 rooms including: 8 standard singles, 45 standard double rooms, 18 superior rooms, 5 junior suites. All rooms are equipped with digital satellite tv, telephone, wi-fi internet ,air-condition, hairdryer and private facilities..
Kolonna Hotel Riga (Special Offer)

This 3 star hotel is located in the city centre of Riga. It is close to the Doma cathedral and the nearest station is Riga Central Train Station.
Hotel Man-Tess

Property Location With a stay at Hotel Man-Tess in Riga (Old Town), you'll be minutes from Latvian National Opera and St John's Church. This romantic hotel is within close proximity of Laima Clock and St. Peter's Church. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 11 guestrooms featuring refrigerators..
Hotel ibis Styles Riga

Property Location A stay at Hotel ibis Styles Riga places you in the heart of Riga, convenient to Arena Riga and Powder Tower. This hotel is within close proximity of Skonto Stadium and Riga Passenger Terminal. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 76 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions...
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Riga, the gem of the Baltics

Riga is a gem of the Baltics. It has a rich cultural heritage and ancient history and it is certainly a city to put on your to-visit-list. The Latvian capital has more than 800 years old. Each century has left its mark on the architecture of Riga's Old Town and its City Centre. The cultural heritage co-exists with the quick pace of modern living. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's noted for its Art Nouveau and Jugendstil Architecture and 19th Century Wooden Architecture. What better way to enjoy Riga's iconic and stunning views than by taking a boat trip along the Daugava River. Riga is a beautiful holiday destination where you will be able to explore and relax. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Riga and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Riga.

 

 

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