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Por qué Letonia?

Giulia Luoni, ITALY: “Riga has been a very nice and ideal destination to improve my Russian! Moreover, the city centre is outstanding, the local people are so funny and I feel to be like home!”.

Ubicación 
Letonia está situada en el norte de Europa, con un fácil acceso desde Escandinavia, Reino Unido, otros lugares de Europa y el resto del mundo. Además, desde 2004 Letonia es miembro de la Unión Europea, así es que aquí te puedes sentir seguro como en tu propia casa. Los ciudadanos de más de 60 países, incluidos los miembros de la UE, no necesitan visado para venir y asistir a los cursos, y durante su estancia aquí pueden visitar San Petersburgo o Moscú en excursiones de fin de semana, ya que estas ciudades están justo al otro lado de la frontera.

Idioma 
Casi la mitad de la población de Letonia tienen el ruso como lengua materna, y la mayoría de la población lo habla perfectamente. La historia de los rusos en Letonia es muy extensa (cerca de mil años). Comenzó cuando los mercaderes rusos llegaron en busca de un acceso al mar Báltico y el control de Letonia. En 1941 Letonia pasó a formar parte de la Unión Soviética, donde el ruso era la única lengua oficial. A pesar del hecho de que Letonia consiguiera su independencia en el año 1991 y el letón pasara a ser lengua oficial, el ruso no ha perdido su importancia en la comunicación diaria, asegurando una buena práctica del idioma para los estudiantes extranjeros.

Naturaleza
Estás invitado a visitar nuestro inigualable país donde puedes admirar las cuatro estaciones del año en sus singulares paisajes, sus verdes bosques, azules lagos y ríos, su susurrante mar y su inspiradora capital, Riga.
Primavera– Tiempo de sonrisas y besos robados en los parques. La naturaleza explota con frescas hojas nuevas contoneándose en los árboles, así como un intenso florecer en los campos. ¡Es un momento genial para un viaje a Letonia!
Verano – La estación es cálida no sólo para Jurmala con sus estupendas playas, sino también para los campings, el rafting, los descensos en canoa, los paseos a caballo, así como para explorar el país a través de interesantes excursiones. El verano incluye la fiesta más grande de todo el año, la celebración de la noche de San Juan – una experiencia vital de toda una noche bailando y cantando, bebiendo cerveza y comiendo queso alrededor de las hogueras celebrando el solsticio.
Otoño -La estación más bella del año con días todavía cálidos y soleados, y noches ya refrescantes. Sigulda –junto al Parque nacional del Gauja, domina el valle el río Gauja, que luce un colorido otoñal impresionante, es una visita obligada en esta estación.
Invierno en Letonia – significa patinaje sobre hielo al aire libre, esquí alpino o de fondo a través de tranquilos bosques o en las pistas del país… ¡estas son las verdaderas pasiones nacionales!
Hacia el final del año Letonia se convierte en un cuento de hadas navideño. Los puestos de madera de los mercadillos de Navidad venden tazas de vino caliente junto con souvenirs hechos a mano.

The must-see travel destinations of Latvia are:

Jurmala
Latvia’s famous resort city just 30 minutes away from Riga by train or minibus. Jurmala’s seaside is enjoyable year-round. Walk along the beach on the fine white sand, breathe the fresh sea air; enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the cafes, or buy some Amber jewellery at one of the small shops.

Sigulda
Visit the “Switzerland of Latvia” with its picturesque scenery, a favourite place for recreation among both locals and foreigners. It is located only 53 km from Riga, making it an easy day trip. Balloon riding and bungee jumping in the summer, ski and bobsleigh tracks in winter, charming scenery in autumn – each season here has its own charm. Sigulda is one of the most popular and most visited places for tourists in Latvia. This is due to its lovely environment where the incredible ancient Gauja River valley can be seen. The city is included in the Gauja National Park, which is a unique natural complex created by geological process – there is nothing else like it in the Baltics. The area is a combination of steep slopes, ravines, streams, sandstone and dolomite cliffs and caves. There are 221 cultural memorials in the Park’s territory, as well as the highest concentration of castle mounds in Latvia found in such a small area. You can visit the Sigulda Castle and castle ruins. In its day, the castle belonged to the family of Grand Duchess Kropotkina, but later served as a Writers’ Castle and as a cardiology sanatorium. On a clear day, you can see the surrounding landscape from the tower. Not far from the Castle, you can see the Sigulda castle ruins, which have been preserved from the time when, in 1207, the first plots of land were mutually divided between the Bishop of Riga and the German Brothers of the Sword (Zobenbrāļu ordenis). You can also visit the legendary Gūtmaņa cave, which is at the foot of the steep Rata Hill and is, by volume, the largest cave in the Baltics. A popular place to visit is the Turaida Castle and its park complex, including the “Dainu Hill” and “Song Garden” favoured by the Latvian people.

Rundale
The Rundale Palace, a marvelous architectural and historical monument, was designed by and built under the supervision of the outstanding Italian architect Rastrelli, who designed the Winter Palace and some manors in St.Petersburg. The Rundale Palace has 138 premises surrounded by a lovely Baroque park. In the French-style garden, you will see the ornamental parquet, three pools with a fountain, the green theatre and Dutch and Blue Bosquet. It was recently renovated in 2015 and now welcomes guests in a way better than ever!

Other travel destinations of Latvia, undoubtedly worth visiting, include Ligatne National Park with its untouched nature and a soviet-time secret bunker, the modern and beautiful city of Ventspils, ready to entertain everyone all the year round, the Aglona Basilica, the major Roman Catholic shrine of Latvia, and many others.

Moreover, visiting the neighboring countries during weekends would be a brilliant suggestion. There are many possibilities for exciting weekends or days out.

Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is called the pearl of medieval Europe. It is about 5 hours away from Riga by bus. The city is famous for its Old Town, which was entered into the List of International Heritage of UNESCO in 1997. Islands Saaremaa and Muhu in Estonia have been famous for their curative mud since the ancient times.

Vilnius, Lithuania
There are a lot of places to see and to relax at in Lithuania even for the most captious gourmand. Go to Vilnius and take a look at the roof of Old Town from the surrounding hills – it is a marvelous sight that becomes forever engraved in the hearts of tourists. Visit Palanga resort that stretches as a picturesque strip along the sea.
The Trakai insular castle, the only fortress built on water throughout the whole of Eastern Europe, is also worth visiting.

St.Petersburg, Russia
Within easy reach of Riga is also St. Petersburg, a city of haunting magnificence. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been known as a city of gorgeous palaces.
The cost of the trips to the places of interest is not included in the price of the course, however, EC Durbe would be pleased to offer their help in arranging any of those.

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