Latvia: 5 things to do in Riga

In February I went on a weekend trip to Riga with a group of 18 friends. I have never travelled in such a big group earlier, so it was quite a different travel experience! I still managed to do some sightseeing (along with a lot of partying!). I visited Riga in June a few years ago, which was an even better experience, as the weather was amazing – but I really love this city. Here are five tips for a weekend in Riga!

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Havana Vieja

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Central Havana can be split into three areas; Havana Vieja, Centro Havana and Vedado. We stayed in Havana Vieja, an area with many hotels/casas. You will also find many restaurants and bars here. This is the area where most of the sights are, so most tourists are spending a lot of time here. Havana Vieja is less crowded than for example Centro Havana, and because of the small streets the traffic is nearly non-existing compared to the rest of the city.

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Sopot – a Polish beach town

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Sopot is a small city located near Gdansk. It is actually only a 20 minutes train ride away, and it is a very popular tourist destination because of its sandy beaches. We didn’t plan to go to Sopot, but we decided to take a spontaneous trip when we woke up to sunny weather.Sopot is also famous for its pier, which is the longest wooden pier (500 meters) in Europe. Another sight is the crooked house, which is pretty special – just check out the pictures!

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Weekend trip to Gdansk

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The Polish city Gdansk has become a very popular weekend getaway among Norwegians lately. The cheap flights with Wizz Air may be some of the reason why so many go to Gdansk – as well as the charming old town and the comfortable price level in Poland. Last weekend, I went to Gdansk with my boyfriend. We only stayed for three nights, but I feel it was more than enough to see most of the city. Gdansk, together with Gdynia and Sopot are together known as the “tricity”. We stayed in Gdansk, but took the train to Sopot for a day trip.

Gdansk seems like a small city, but it has suprisingly almost 500.000 inhabitants. I think most tourists (as me) only check out the old town when they are in Gdansk, and I think that the old town itself is a reason to visit Gdansk.

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