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Visit Riga - The pearl of the Baltic and city of inspiration.

IF you're looking for a holiday destination with plenty to see and do, look no further than Riga.

Riga is the capital of Latvia and the pearl of both Latvia and the whole of the Baltic region.

It is the largest city in the Baltic States and a great destination for a short break.

Riga has become a multicultural city and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, where each century has left its mark in the city's features. This can be seen in the architecture of the Old Town and the city centre, where Riga's cultural heritage coexists with the quick pace of modern living.

Visitors will find a breathtaking range of architectural styles in the historic centre - from Baroque to Classicism, from Renaissance to Art Deco.

Furthermore, Riga's wealth of Art Nouveau buildings, complete with their fantastically ornate flourishes, stand out as unparalleled anywhere in the world. Yet, equally unique are the many 19th century wooden buildings that have proudly withstood the pressures of commercialisation.

But Riga is much more than just its history.

Proud of its heritage, it is a thoroughly modern city with a highly developed infrastructure and opportunities for a variety of activities and entertainment.

A city with rich musical traditions, today it boasts an excellent opera and several world-class choirs, not forgetting jazz, rock, and blues ensembles, plus a variety of other popular music bands, performing both in concert halls and clubs.

When it comes to food, the city's restaurants offer fusion cuisine in which one can taste both Latvian traditional meals and modern, original meals that offer an astonishing combination of flavours.

When it comes to shopping, the Old Town is also a perfect place in which to indulge some leisure time, where small souvenir shops and art galleries have found a place of their own in the narrow streets.

Riga is also a business centre, with the central part of the city it's economic, financial, and cultural core and also the ideal place in which to organise conferences and exhibitions.

Visitors can keep in touch with what's important to them too, with the largest number of free WiFi spots per sq km and per head of the population in Europe, with Riga becoming the European capital of free WiFi in the summer of 2014.

Free wireless internet can also be accessed in most hotels, cafes and even taxis.

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The Old Town, .Riga has a vibrant cafe culture HOW TO GET THERE:? Wizz Air commence twice weekly flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Riga starting on April 24 on Mondays and Fridays. See www.wizzair.com for further details.

Travel from Liverpool John Lennon airport to enjoy the sights and .sounds of the Old Town in the Latvian capital, Riga

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Date:Feb 26, 2015
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