Flights to Liepaja
Liepaja is the third largest city in Latvia and it’s situated on the south west coast of the country, on the Baltic Sea. The attractive city of Liepaja offers many attractions including monuments, museums, churches and other architecture, along with a great beach for enjoying summer holidays!
Though the Liepaja International Airport (airport code: LPX) is just outside the city, there is minimal international traffic and flights to Leipaja from South Africa would not arrive there. The next best option is to fly to Riga International Airport (code: RIX) and get a bus or train for the nearly 200 kilometres trip to Liepaja. You can get a flight to Liepaja arriving in Riga with Lufthansa or South African Airways, connecting once in Frankfurt. You can also get a flight with KLM that connects in Amsterdam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Liepaja:
You may not think of coming to Latvia to enjoy a beach holiday, but that’s the main reason why tourists visit Liepaja! Situated on the Baltic Sea, Liepaja offers a beautiful beach with white, soft sand that would rival any Caribbean island! The great thing about visiting the beach in Liepaja is that it’s rarely very busy so it’s very good for families to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach.
There are a couple of other beaches in Liepaja, outside the centre, that are also very nice and often even quieter than Liepaja Beach.
Close to the main beach in Liepaja is Seaside Park. This is also a great place to bring the family as there are many things to see and do. Attractions include a large children’s playground, mini golf and bowling, and during the summer there are often cultural events held here.
Liepaja has several museums but the Liepaja Museum is the largest in the city and the region. There’s an impressive 1500 exhibits here that focus on the history of Liepaja and surrounds, and includes culture, plus there are regular temporary art exhibitions here too.
The old Soviet town of Karosta (meaning War Port) is also a popular tourist attraction. It’s just to the north of Liepaja and was a former Soviet secret military town. This makes a very interesting place to visit as there are many ruined buildings here including fortresses, an orthodox cathedral, the prison, and a museum. People do still live in the town and its undergoing a revival as it’s becoming so popular with tourists!
Liepaja Holy Trinity Cathedral
Back in the centre of Liepaja is the Holy Trinity Cathedral. It originally dates from the mid 1700s and was remodelled in 1866. You can enjoy a tour around this late baroque style church to enjoy its wooden carvings and gold plating, plus a climb up the 55 metre high tower is said to give you great views over Liepaja.
When Should You Visit?:
Although the beach sand may rival the Caribbean, the weather doesn’t! Summers are warm with daytime highs getting in the 20’s C in July and August, and it’s said that the best time for swimming (as the sea has warmed up) is August and September. If you’re here just for sightseeing then winters are mild for the latitude, while spring has the least rainfall.