Autumn in Riga and Latvia 2015

The Autumn is here and so are colourful leaves

We’ve had an incredibly busy summer here at EAT Riga and some of us have already managed to go on our own vacations and because this is the time when we’re travelling ourselves our working hours at the Riga Explorers Club are quite random and we cannot be found there every day from ten to six, however if you’re interested in things like bike rentals, city tours or general info, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll sort you out.

Last 2 weeks of October usually is the time when by the looks of it all of Latvians go to Sigulda, the place where this country isn’t flat. The Gauja National Park offers great walks for beginners and more seasoned hikers as it’s terrain can get quite steep near the Gauja valley. The only cable car and bobsleigh track in Baltics, Turaidas castle and Sigulda’s castle ruins are just a few places of interest on a day out in Sigulda. Try and reach 100 km/h in an Olympic bob or just take a selfie near Latvia’s biggest cave.

For those that have been to Sigulda already or just want to escape the crowds and not fight for the last cotton candy with Latvian schoolchildren, we’d suggest to go the opposite direction to less usual autumn destination – Jūrmala and beyond. This fall in Ķemeri national park the local bog lands can be explored with a pair of traditional snowshoes on your feet. Who knew they also can come in handy in swamps – because of the large shoe sole surface now people can walk without sinking knee-deep in peat. Still, this activity is an organized one and only should be done in a supervision of professional guides like these guys.

And if you’re really stuck in Riga, no need to worry as autumn comes also to the city. Just head for the Central Market located near the Old Riga for the seasonal vegetables and fruit. Piles of apples, pears, cabbage, pumpkin and potatoes never looked so good, because all of the vendors try to make the best presentation possible and autumn is arguably the best time of the year to do your shopping here for truly Latvian products. You’ll also find a lot of home produce, last mushrooms and berries of this year too, foraged by those that know their way around forests and swamps.

So no matter where you go, make sure you dress warm and comfortable and don’t forget your camera, after all it’s the most colourful time of the year now.