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The most popular car rental brands in Latvia are Green Motion, Europcar, Interrent and Thrifty.
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The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Latvia are October and September.
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Ancient castles, a historical capital, sandy beaches and mysterious forests – Latvia has it all in abundance.
Latvia is both larger than most people imagine and easier to drive around. In fact, given its diversity, the country is best discovered by road. Exploring by car you can wind your way from lakes to the seaside and from cities to forests. Latvia’s landscape is overpowering, whether you’re stumbling through an ancient forest or taking a nap on a white sand beach.
Nonetheless, the urban capital of Riga is worthy of a visit by itself. Layered in culture and history, it is the entryway to this Balkan country.
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Driving advice for Latvia
Parking in urban areas
In towns and cities, drivers must be careful not to park on, or obstruct, tram lines.
The permitted limit for alcohol in the blood is 0.05% and less for inexperienced drivers. Police may require an immediate on-the-spot drug or alcohol test. You cannot refuse being breathalysed without stringent penalties.
There are no tolls on the roads in Latvia. However, you will be required to pay in order to enter the city of Jurmala between April and September.
Headlights must be on, both day and night, whilst driving in Latvia.
On arrival in Riga you will first be struck by the domineering Gothic spires. But look beyond the façade and you quickly find Art Nouveau flamboyantly splashed across the city.
Riga is a large capital by Balkan standards. It is both cosmopolitan and vibrant, yet, it is also muted and reserved, at least until you dig underneath the city's surface. Explore and quickly you will find a lively hip approach to life here. Plus, you’re just a short drive from the beach city of Jurmala, where you can drive past undisturbed sand dunes and go blueberry picking.
The old town in Riga offers the visitor an impressive amount of historic architecture. Sitting alongside cobbled lanes are majestic churches and relaxed squares. Here you should kick back and find a beer garden or street café to relax and unwind.
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Points of interest in Latvia
A short drive from Riga, Jurmala is a resort beach town. The stunning beaches here offer expanses of golden sand. Choose between a spa hotel or a rustic wooden holiday cottage.
With gardens modelled on those at Versailles, don’t miss a stop off here. Built for a duke in the 18th century, this grand palace has a staggering 138 exquisitely decorated rooms.
Kemeri National Park
You must experience the forests in Latvia, where you may find beavers and lynx. Kemeri National Park is close to Jurmala and will ensure you feel part of a magical heartland.
Heading southeast, ensure the Mark Rothko Art Centre is on your map. It is dedicated to art and culture and includes original abstract expressionism pieces by the famous artist himself.