The most common reaction most people have when visiting Riga for the first time is “Why didn’t I know about this place before?”
Latvia became a member of the European Union in 2004. Of the three Baltic States, Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the largest city. As a city break destination, Riga has grown steadily in popularity due to its charm and sophistication. Whether you travel, by foot, tram or trolleybus you can see beautiful Art Nouveau-style buildings in stark contrast to the architecture from the Soviet Union days.
Beautiful Riga, Something for Everyone
The cobbled streets of Riga Old Town (dating back to 1201) house ancient buildings, for example, Riga Castle (the Latvian History Museum and Foreign Art Museum are located here), the Three Brothers houses and the Riga Dome Cathedral. Latvians are renowned for being musical, so enjoy the experience of visiting one of the many Latvian bars, many of which have live music and relax with a Latvian beer.
Recommended places of interest are the medieval castle in Cesis, the ‘Baltic Riviera’ or visit the rapids on the River Gauju. White sandy beaches stretching for 500 kilometres make the Baltic coastline unique with its biosphere reserves and national parks.
The most frequently visited beaches can be found in Liepaja, Ventspils and Jurmala (Jurmala is just half an hour train journey from Riga), however secluded, quiet and beautiful beaches can be found along the coast, Pine forests, unspoilt countryside, fresh, clean air and an abundance of friendly, interesting villages makes Latvia the place to visit.
Riga can trace its origins back nearly 2,000 years when it was known as Duna Urbs and played an important role in seaborne and riverbourne trade in the area. During the middle ages it became an important Viking trading post. By the 12th century contemporary accounts were already referring to it as an “ancient port” attesting to its longevity.
Today the city embodies the indomitable spirit of its people and has been recognised as a European Capital of Culture as recently as 2014. It boasts numerous EU offices, has played host to world class sporting events and NATO summits and boasts a city centre that has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Scores of people come to Riga for weight loss surgery and come back for the love of the place.
Thanks to weightlossriga.co.uk and the whole team, I’ve got a new, healthy and better life. I had surgery on the 11th of April 2015 and weighed 94.5 kg…read more
I was quite apprehensive about travelling abroad for surgery. The modern clinic was professionally staffed, and the level of service given was second to none…read more
I am so delighted with my weight loss. It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself in years. I can’t recommend Riga highly enough…read more
I would highly recommend anyone looking for a truly professional and caring service to look no further than Dr Troickis and his wonderful team at Weight Loss Riga…read more
From start to finish, the whole experience with Weight Loss Riga has been nothing short of amazing. Having chosen to have gastric bypass…read more
I went to The clinic in Riga, and from the enquiries to booking to getting back home, I received friendly, professional advice…read more
I was one of the first from the UK to have my bypass with Weight Loss Riga, and I still class it as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life…read more
Weight Loss Riga has completely changed my life in an unimaginable way. I have spent years struggling with my weight and tried all sorts of diets…read more
I did a lot of research and decided to go with weight loss Riga via Mim, the UK patient coordinator. Within 2 weeks of my enquiry, I was in Latvia…read more
I just wanted to post this review about my experience and journey to Riga. From start to finish, I had the most laid back trip ever…read more
I decided to have a Gastric Sleeve at Weight Loss Riga after 40 years of struggling with my weight. After much research, I discovered Weight Loss Riga…read more
I have tried many diets over the years, but they failed. Pounds pile back on again. I contacted Mona in Riga to arrange and undertake Gastric Bypass surgery…read more
* This is feedback from our former patients, and such an outcome cannot be guaranteed or promised.
Medical Tourism in Latvia
Medical tourism has gained popularity in recent years. High quality medical treatment can now be found outside of the UK and there is no shortage of people looking to Europe for affordable treatment.