Latvia has several old houses and castles, a very old but quite original one is Edole pils, in Edole village, Kuldigas rajons.
It was in the process of being restored in the summer of 2002, with the inside of most rooms quite barren. But you can get a good impression of a 13th century bishop's castle, built by the "Livonian Order"
Ventspils is the six largest towns in Latvia, with a population of about 43000. The place location is a junction of two waters – Baltic Sea and Venta river.
The place was mentioned in 13th century first as a place for Livonian castle. It was characte4rised as quite big port town. In the beginning of 18th century Ventspils was quite destroyed because of wartimes (Swedish vs. Poland, Lithuania and later vs. Russia).
Nowadays it is quite beautiful town (despite that not so much of old things left). The place is quite refurbished, especially in recent years. The main sights are old town, statues of cows, beach, other places.
It is quite interesting attraction for people who visit Kuldiga region and Latvia. Actually it is sand tunnels to walk with candles and listen interesting stories, play games. Nowadays it is about 450 meters of tunnels is suitable for tourists.
Tunnels were dig in 1880 when owner wanted to get sand for glass making. About 2,5 kilometers of tunnels were dig, but later, especially in soviet times most of them were damaged. Nowadays it couldn’t be used for getting sand, so excursions are organized from 1999.
I liked the way that tunnels and small squares inside were “glued” by mysterious stories to make walk more interesting and spooky. It reminds me of corn labyrinths in Lithuania for playing spooky games.
It is not possible to visit tunnels in winder, as place is inhabited by bats.
Riezupe is possible about 10-20 kilometers from Kuldiga.
There is a waterfall in Latvia!!! Who would have guested that? Well, in Kuldiga there is the river Venta and there is a beautiful waterfall, not specially high, but quite wide. Beautiful view of it from the bridge. In the summer you can go and have a swim and join the kids that play around the waterfall.
From Kuldiga it's only a short distance to the coastline, offering great beaches, often quite empty even in season!
One of them we found in Jurkalne, just outside Kuldiga district (rajons), some 30 km south of Ventspils and less than an hour's drive from Kuldiga.
The Abava valley nature and landscape park offers a great stretch of unspoilt nature. Great for hiking, with many interesting corners, like this small waterfall (on Ivandas river) near Renda.
Climbing the castle offers you a great view of the nearby village of Edole, and the nice, forested landscape.