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Day trips from Rīga

There’s plenty to see and do within striking distance of Latvia’s capital, whether you’ve forked out for a hire car or not. Here’s our top five destinations within 90 minutes’ driving time of Rīga.

1. Jūrmala

The most obvious day-trip destination, Jūrmala is simultaneously the closest to Rīga, the easiest to reach by public transport and the most famous of the five on our list. Latvia’s premier beach resort has been fascinating the fashionable set since the heyday of the Russian Empire. It’s actually not just one town, but a long string of little seaside villages that long ago bled into a continuous sprawl of holiday homes. It was awarded city status in 1959.

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