The lively port city of Liepaja combines history, culture and centuries of maritime charm. Bask on the Blue Flag beach, relax in the lush seaside park and dive into the city’s vibrant arts, culture and live music scene.
Things to do in Liepāja
Soft white sand and clean water have earned Liepaja Beach Blue Flag status. The beach stretches for more than eight kilometres along the Baltic coast and is dotted with cafes in the summer. Rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from water-sports operators. Tree-filled Seaside Park overlooks the beach and moonlights as a venue for outdoor concerts and festivals.
Peter’s Market occupies a beautiful Art Nouveau pavilion and has been welcoming customers since the 17th century. Inside you’ll find stalls selling everything from fresh produce and pastries to handmade arts and crafts.
The architect-designed Great Amber Concert Hall features a striking cone-shaped design and a honey-coloured façade. The hall boasts excellent acoustics and hosts performances by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra and other touring acts.
Latvia is famous for amber, with fragments of fossilised pine tree resin still found along the beaches surrounding Liepaja. At the small but engaging House of Craftsmen Museum, you can admire one of the largest works of amber art in the world. The on-site gift shop will tempt you with its beautiful amber jewellery. Learn about the turbulent Soviet and Nazi occupations and the Latvian struggle for independence at the Liepaja Under Occupation Museum.
Topped with gleaming gold cupolas, St Nicholas Maritime Cathedral is an urban landmark. The Russian Revival style-cathedral has been beautifully restored and hosts atmospheric Orthodox services.
Getting around Liepāja
Liepaja is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while trams and buses are a fast and affordable way to get around. Taxis are also available in the city. Riga International Airport is a three-hour drive away.