Latgale Things to Do
Atraction or reality
This view is atraction for us ("people from civilization" - cities and towns). People who are living in rural area are still using horses for transportation. There are many places in Latvia where you can ride for fun, but if you want to enjoy peosant lifestyle - hurry up - modernisation is coming!Related to:
Ceramics, wicker and weavings...: Arts and Crafts in Latgola
Note -- "Daugavpils > Daugavpils" contains info on the city; I'm using the regional pages for info on Latgola (Latgale).
Latgola is the region richest in crafts, especially known for its traditional ceramics.
The link below provides info on different artists, with contacts.
The opening of a kiln is an ocassion, not just an opportunity to shop!
What to pay: Prices vary according to the individual artist.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Latgale Local Customs
In Latvia it's a custom to go to the pirts for an evening out or a party with your family and friends, as others would be going to a pub... It's a great place to relax, have a drink and a bite in between the "bathing sessions".Most countryside B&B's offer a pirts for its guest to use, like this one in Eastern Latvia.more
In many places in rural area in Latvia people get water from wells and they haven't running water in their houses. In nowadays it's an exotic things for people from cities and towns. The water from well is more better than we are using in the city. The water from well is clean, healthy and with positive nature energy. If you clean your hair in this...more
Latgale Off The Beaten Path
Between Daugavpils and Krāslava (the latter was considered the most beautiful spot in Latvia in the 'Thirties, and is worth a visit despite the degradation the Soviets wrought), you'll pass a couple of gravel roads that lead to Slutišķi.
This is an isolated, impoverished hamlet of Old Believers -- Russians who fled persecution by the Orthodox and settled here from the late 17th C. You can usually recognize their houses by the enclosed courtyards and high wooden walls.
Slutišķi is a real gem -- the meeting house has been restored, the views are stunning, and the 21st C seems far away... though the continued poverty of the residents is glaringly evident.
The area is part of the "Daugavas loki" national park, and a good road atlas will have a detailed map of the area (which includes Naujene, where you'll find the original site of Dünaburg).
You can also take a Krāslava bus from the station in Daugavpils (they run quite frequently, and it's not a very long walk to the hamlet).
You can find lodging cheaply if you wish to prolong your isolation...Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel