Wanderlist Discover: Cape Kolka, Latvia
Cape Kolka, the desolate yet beautiful cape on the Western tip of Latvia where the waves from the Gulf of Riga crash into the open Baltic Sea, can almost be a spot on the edge of the world. This unspoilt coastal landscape with the backdrop of the icy blue Baltic Sea is a wild, untamed paradise for all beach lovers. Long ago, the deep waters around the Cape were considered to be the largest ship graveyard in the Baltic Sea, thanks to the many ship wrecks caused by ships that got too close to the rocky coast off the shores of Kolka, in stormy weather. The ruins of the local light house built in 1884, as a guiding beacon for ships, continue to be a popular landmark. Cape Kolka is also famous for a rock known as “The Heart of Europe”, as according to many historians and storytellers, Cape Kolka lies at the centre of Europe. Come to Cape Kolka, to get away from it all, and breathe in the clean fresh air on your own private paradise, at the end of
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Cape Kolka Pine Trail : Take a trek through the Slitere National Park, a former Sovier Military base, now converted into a nature reserve. Along the way, you can visit the nearby town of Dundaga, which is supposedly the birthplace of the man who was the inspiration for the main character in the movie, Crocodile Dundee. In mid-April, more than 60,000 birds fly over the cape during migration period, making it a perfect destination for bird lovers.
- The Lighthouse : Today, the light house island, a couple of kilometers off the main peninsula of the Cape, houses the fog bell, and a few other buildings and ruins. Nonetheless, it is a fun place to visit for a few hours. Many experienced sailors can’t pass up a challenge to land on the island, but keep in mind that the area is good for sailing 40 days in a year.
- Enjoy the local culinary delights : The Livs - one of the oldest Latvian communities - have influenced every aspect of the land here, from language, culture to cuisine. Enjoy the smoked fish and traditional sklandrausis (sweet carrot pie), and finish your meal up with delicious saldējums (ice cream)
Best Time To Go: June to August
Latvia’s climate throughout the year is predominantly wet and cold, with relatively short warm summers, from April to September. To enjoy the peak of summer, visit the Cape from June to August, when the temperatures can hit around the 28O C mark, and the beaches and nearby forest look nothing short of spectacular.
Where in the world:
Cape Kolka is located at the western tip of Latvia, and is a part of the Slitere National Park nature reserve.
Fun Fact: The week long Sziget Music Festival, which takes place annually in August, gathers a crowd of almost 400,000 people from different parts of the world, making it one of the largest music festivals in the world.
- Language : Latvian
- Currency : Euro
- How to Get Around : You can reach Cape Kolka by public buses from Riga, Kuldiga and Ventspils. Once you are in Cape Kolka, don’t expect to stick to four wheels too long. There are quiet roads with leisurely cycling tracks that take you to the beach and other nearby spots. You can pick up the cycles from local rental shops.
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