Latvia is the small, flat and largely bog between its Baltic neighbors. Riga is its vibrant coastal capital, and it has photogenic castles, music festivals and scenic river valleys. Visitors can witness first-hand the rapid transformation of a country that has only recently crept from under the doormat of history. Across this vast land of forest, lakes and sea, Riga is emerging as Latvia’s cosmopolitan city. Even though this is a small country, there is no shortage of space. You’ll be sure to find a pristine stretch of nature solely for yourself, even in Riga.