Valmiera - center of Vidzeme region
Valmiera is the main town of Vidzeme region, located in North of Latvia and with a population of about 27 000 people. It is known for old castle ruins and St. Simon church, both from 13th century. There is also nice beer brewery, located in old palace.
Place was first time mentioned in 1323, in the end of 18th century it was badly damaged and now we see not so much of medieval city (it had also defensive walls surrounded).
Valmiera is about 32 kilometers from Cesis.
Big hell outcrop
Outcrop is a strange looking place, 23 meters long cave. As it seems, inside it is a water stream. Big hell was formed about 5 - 7 thousand years ago.
Place is located in Liepa village, geological object is also secured by Gauja national park.
Big hell outcrop (Liepa village) is about 14 kilometers from Cesis.
The great place to ski and just have fun!!!
Not very far from Cesis is Zagarkalns skiing centre. It is a great place where to ski, snowboard or just have fun on Zagara Hill... People from all Latvia comes here. Don`t miss this place! At the top of the hill you can always get na hot tea and kebabs to warm you up you a little bit...
And after the all day fun on the Zagarkalns you can have some rest in Cirulishi nearby... There is a swimming pool, sauna, rest room with a Jakuzzi, massage, cosmetic saloon, gym and a nice cafe with a bar... Nice and really cheep in compearing with the capital.
- Spa and Resort
This very impessive sandstone rock is located on the banks of river Gauja between Cesis and Valmiera. Unlikely to some other sandstone rocks of Latvia this is white and it’s very large, too. When you will come to it, it will not seem that large, but then after one corner there is more sandstone and after one another there is more. This place is very hard to reach without a car. May be you can try taxi if you are rich enough or rent a bycicle from Cesis or Valmiera. If you are going by your own car then some 15 km before Valmiera turn to the right from the Riga-Valmiera road and further follow the signs to Sietiniezis. The next 7 km you will have to go by dirt road. There is another shorter, but not so good road – in case you will rent a bycicle and will go there from Cesis. That case you will need a good map, for example, a map of Cesu rajons (Cesis region) - but be sure there are signs for tourist attractions on this map.
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