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Adventures and Enjoyment of Taste in Ventspils County
Wednesday, 11. July — Saturday, 31. August. Ventspils parish

The long summer holidays are the right time to travel around Latvia and get to know the magic of county tourism. Ventspils Tourism Information Centre offers to get acquainted with the information about adventures and enjoyments of taste that can be experienced in Ventspils County.

Romantic temptation of the Baltic Sea and lighthouses

The biggest treasure in Ventspils County is the Baltic Sea coast, which has always attracted travellers with a visit to the Jūrkalne steep coast and gray dune, special attention has also been paid to two old and legendary lighthouses located in the area.

The most romantic and one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Latvia is the Užava lighthouse. 19 meters high, cylindrical stone lighthouse, built in 1879 and still fulfilling its primary navigation function. The lighthouse is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Oviši lighthouse, on the other hand, is the oldest navigational structure in Latvia. The lighthouse still functions and is included in the list of State protected cultural monuments. Here is a small exposition about the history of Latvian lighthouses, also an opportunity to learn the Morse code and tie a sailor’s knot, as well as send light signals to ships. The lighthouse is open from Tuesday to Sunday. On July 20, the Oviši lighthouse will host an acoustic concert in which singers Ēriks Loks, Elīna Līce and others will perform.

Jūrkalne – here is one of the most picturesque coasts of the Baltic Sea in Latvia with an impressive 20 m high steep coast. This is a place you can fall in love with. A beautiful view of Jūrkalne beach from the viewpoint, the shape of which resembles a boat, but its true beauty must be enjoyed on the beach. The attraction of the beach lies in the miraculous natural landscape, silence and peace, where every vacationer can find a place for enjoying the nature alone. Did you know that in Jūrkalne you can enjoy two sunsets in one evening? One – standing on the beach, but the other – watching from the steep coast. The steep coast of Jūrkalne used to be called Felixberg or the Happy Hill.

Culinary heritage

Suiti culinary heritage “Maģie suiti” in Jūrkalne offers to taste a special carrot pie and others, as well as milk fish soup served with different activities and singing.

When visiting Ance Parish, visitors are welcome to enjoy their rest at “Daba Laba”, which offers archery training, safari along Ance tank roads and boat rental, as well as enjoying a meal in cafe “Mežs”, where delicious, healthy, seasonal food is cooked outside in the open-plan kitchen. On the other side of the counter, there are tables that you can sit down at and order, for example, burgers, which are made using seasonal products and homemade bread.

While visiting this side, the building of Ance Manor, which keeps Latvian traditions, is noteworthy. Here you can learn how to bake carrot pies and can also purchase products made by master collective “Paukers”.

Science and technologies

Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre with a unique science infrastructure complex in Irbene offers exciting guided tours and to see the world's 8th largest radio telescope. The centre is located in the former Soviet Army town – once a strictly guarded and secret facility. During the visit you can see the radio telescope, exhibitions, get to know the excellent rocket builder F. Cander and take a hike through an underground tunnel that connects one telescope to another.

Active recreation

Enthusiasts of active recreation and animal lovers have the opportunity to go to equestrian club “Demora” in Tārgale Parish, the club offers horseback riding, rides in horse-carts and hikes with horses.

Lake Usma, a well-known place for rest, fishing and sailing, is available for relaxation at the water. The lake is distinguished by the fact that here is the only inland waterways marina in Latvia. Usma Marina is situated in the North of the lake at Bērzragdangas, 1.2 km from Riga – Ventspils highway and 141 km from Riga. You can book yacht trips in advance by phone: +371 29216328.

For families

Recreational area “Buki”, located near Ventspils, is a good offer for families with children. Mini Zoo offers to see alpacas, Mangalica pigs, goats, dwarf goats, hens, ducks, camels. Domestic products are available (smoked meat and fish, goat cheese, eggs, sausages, seasonal fruit and vegetables and other produce).

Opening hours

08:00-19:00 (1,2,3,4,5);

10:00-19:00 (6)

10:00-16:00 (7)

Contacts

VENTSPILS TOUR.INF. CENTRE

Address: 6 Darzu Street, Ventspils, LV 3601
Telephone
: +371 63622263, +371 29232226
Email: tourism@ventspils.lv

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