Riga-Klaipeda or Curonia by bicycle [LV1]

Pictures of this region

[LV1] Kurzeme: The West / der Westen

Sure, this route gives you one of the best impressions of the diversity of the Baltic States

on the one hand there are different landscapes: Not only the Baltic sea shore but also lakes and rivers in the backyard. Not only the big cities of Riga and Liepaja but also small towns like Kuldiga which give you an impression on how life looked in the Duchy of Couronia.

for a good leisure travel the route between Klaipeda and Riga takes about one week. The tourism infrastructure is quite well developed – but only at some sea side spas you might feel annoyed…

Which roads  not to take!

1. First of all it is getting more and more popular to take the road up to the “Latvian North Cape” at  Kolka.

Here are the reasons against it:

*  specially the last km of the road from Ventspils to Kolka are one of the worst gravel roads about which each cyclist until now did swallow;

* The landscape does not vary, is boring: to the left and to the right of the road is forest, the Baltic Sea is to the left – but you usually don’t see it – the small town are to the right, but not at the road, so you should turn away. …

2. Generally there are still to many gravel roads Latvia (marked in yellow on local maps), specially in the South West.
It’s pitty, because the landscape is quite pretty, but on these roads it’s really no fun…

R?ga – J?rmala – ?emeri

  • Riga: an 800 years old city, the largest in Baltics. It has formed under the influence of various cultures, which is also seen when walking in the city. Opportunitues are enormous here

  • J?rmala: another sea resort. It is possible to take a walk along the promenade Jomas Street, where cosy cafes are situated

  • ?emeri: enjoy the nature reserve in ?emeri wetlands, to the South from the A10 road

?emeri – Tukums – Kandava

  • The Šlokenbeka Manor before Tukums is a unique example of transfer from medieval to renaissance architecture. Currently it hosts the Road Museum

  • Jaunmoku palace is the hunting residence with a spectacular park that used to belong to the mayor of Riga in the beginning of the 20th century. The palace is situated 7 kilometres behind Tukums along A10

  • In Kaive you can see the largest tree in the Baltics: the Great Ancestral Oak. Its girth exceeds 10 metres. Turn North from A10 towards Kaive to find it

Kandava – Sabile – Kuld?ga

  • Enjoy the Abava Valley Nature Park as you proceed from Kandava till Renda

  • Pedv?le is an exciting open-air art museum South from Sabile, the employed theme in Pedv?le in 2002 is WATER

  • Close to Pedv?le You can find the ‘Rode?u trase’, where you can slide down from a steep hill in a small sledge. Unfortunately, the attraction is not available in rainy weather

  • The most Northern wine yard in the World grows in the centre of Sabile, find it not only in the Guinness Book of Records but also in reality

  • Sabile church has the oldest bell in whole Latvia

  • Visit the artificial Riežupe Sand caves 5 km North from Kuld?ga

Kuld?ga – J?rkalne – P?vilosta

  • Kuld?ga is one of the best-preserved towns in Latvia. Enjoy the ancient houses with tegular roofs. Certainly step on the Old bridge and take a look at Ventas rumba, the widest waterfalls in Europe

  • Enjoy the medieval castles in ?dole, ?vande and Alsunga as You proceed. Meeting the proud and self confident local people in Alsunga can bring You into entertaining situations

  • It is possible to visit an ancient watermill in ?vande

  • Approach the seacoast in J?rkalne to see the steep shore that reaches up to 16 metres height

  • Perhaps you find time to sail in the sea with local fishermen in P?vilosta… However, beware, it is an extreme experience

  • A few days before BaltiCCycle arrival in P?vilosta the sand sculpture festival will have taken place. Perhaps some pieces of art will still be seen on the beach

P?vilosta – Liep?ja – N?ca

  • The whole route from J?rkalne to Liep?ja has been named ‘the Amber Trail’ since amber can be found on the beach there after storms.

  • On the way to Liep?ja You can make a small circle towards the Kaps?de to see the Kaps?de Great Stone, which is the highest one in Latvia

  • Liep?ja is the city where wind and music is born. In Soviet times this town used to be the restricted area for foreigners. Currently it hosts various music festivals

  • The northern part of Liep?ja, Karosta, is of special interest. It has been the war port since Russian tsarist times already. Lately homeless and dangerous people were accommodated in that part of Liep?ja thus turning it into an unattractive place to visit. Due to recent cultural activities Karosta revives. People find it harsh but exotic to see a splendid orthodox cathedral among semi-demolished block houses. Another object worth seeing is the ruins of an enormous hippodrome that used to be covered with glass roof during the tsarist times. Anyhow, it is not recommended to leave bikes out of sight or to travel alone in Karosta

N?ca – Rucava – Pape

  • Perhaps You will have time to visit the Pape Lake surroundings, where wild horses and wild cows are reintroduced in their natural habitat

Pape – Nida – Lithuanian border

  • The Pape Lake is a famous bird watching spot, a tower for observations is located at the southern end of the lake

  • Pape lighthouse may also seem interesting for the visitor


Route description Riga-Klaipeda (from 2001, to be edited and updated)

Riga

You can take self-guided or organizers route along the city. Booklet,,Riga Visitors’ Guide’’ is available in the Tourist Info Center on 6 Ratslaukums (Old Riga) tel. 7207800. . It includes Riga’s, map, description about highlights, museums, accommodation etc. Riga is the central capital of the Baltic states, a large educational, political, economical, financial, industrial giant compare with other part oh Latvia. In 2001 Riga celebrates 800 years from foundation as city (but before there were village of Livi tribe).

In Latvia Bike Tour will starts from Monument of Liberty what survived during Soviet occupation as a symbol of freedom and now it is a place for popular and official happenings. Visitors should see highlights of Old Riga: The Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s church ( the viewpoint from its top), Riga Castle (President’s residence), Saeima (parliament), ‘’Three Brothers’’- old houses, Powder Tower, Swedish Gate, the rebuilt House of Blackheads etc. Such places of interest as the monument to the most famous Latvian poet Rainis, Latvian National Opera, Orthodox Cathedral, Central market situated near Old Riga. Open Air Museum (folk buildings into pine-tree forest) is the highlight outside the center.

There are few activities as part of Riga 800 Festival on 20th in Riga:

*Concerts of ancient music in different places,

*exhibition Riga before 100 years in Museum of History of Riga and Navigation,

*Livi exhibition in History Museum of Latvia (Livi people are closely to Estonians and Finish people, they are historical inhabitants of Latvia).

[A-2] Riga– Liepoja – Klaipėda

1st day (21.07, Saturday)

Riga – Jurmala – Kemeri

The length of the route – 75 km: Riga center –6- Imanta –9- bicycle path to Jūrmala (Priedaine) – 50- Klapkalnciems – Jaunķemeri –3- sleeping place near Kemeri national park administation building “Meža māja”.

Tourism info centers:

  • Jūrmala- Jomas str.42,
  • Ķemeri National Park infocentre,
  • Meža māja’’ is into Ķemeri city park,7765386, Tukums- Pils str.3, 3124451
  • Tukums – Pils g. 3, tel. 3124451.

Accomodation:

Private campsite ‘Sveikuli’, manager Z.Freimanis, the cost 1 ls/person, tel.31 25626, mob.9232026

2nd day (22.07, Sunday)

Ķemeri – Tukums- Kandava

Sleeping place near Kandava open-air swimming pool, the alternative – hostel for 1ls.

By the way to Tukums you can enjoy beautiful lake Valguma where residence of head of soviet government has situated. There is very interesting road building and maintenance museum in renewed Šlokenbeka estate before Tukums. Then you will have an opportunity to try EuroVelo local (guided) route Tukums- Milzukalns- Rauda. There will be very small local roads along hills with nice views. Bicyclists can enjoy Kurzeme nature and adventures what they cannot find on the motored.

10km from Tukums along the old motored, crossing to Kaive- 5km gravel road to Kaive oak-tree, crossing to Pūre 8km gravel road to Pūre, then along motored to Sabile 25km, after Pūre crossing to Kandava.

Sleeping place- campground near by Kandava open-air swimming pool, alternatives- hostel of tech price 1 LVL,

You can see highlights: the widest oak-tree (10,0m around) at Kaive. It is advised to visit Kandava’s old upper town and hillfort.

Accomodation

  • Private campsite”Abavas Rumba”, the cost 1lat/tent, the owner J.Pilegis, mob.9460824;

  • Campsite “Pedvale”, the cost 1 lat/tent, the owner O.Feldbergs, mob.9133374;

  • Hotel “Kurcemes Dveice” in Sabile – Ventspilis street 70, 3252113, 2,5-3,5 Ls and so called in Egypt near Abava (you won’t have to pay here, but there won’t br the drinking water and toilet).

3rd day (23.07, Monday)

Kandava – Sabile – Renda- Sandcaves- Mežvalde – Kuldīga

Route length – 60km, 47km of them motored to Kuldīga, others sand and gravel roads to sand caves and sleeping place, in Kuldīga crossing to sand caves near the old bridge.

The EuroVelo route from Kandava to Sabile is going along the beautiful valley of the river Abava what is nature protection area. Sabile’s highlights are the most north open-air grape garden in the world and Pedvale’s very unusual open air art exhibition (you should follow trail few kilometers like in nature park because art is integrated in fine surroundings. There is reconstructed synagogue and hillfort at Sabile, too. Sabile is informal capital of Gypsy.

There is possible to go additional 9km along asphalt Sabile- Stende-Vegi to see unique collection. This is one of the highlights of Kurzeme at Stende- the private collection in the flat what is in the same time branch of county museum and place to live for its owner Brazma’s family. Always person collects or makes as pieces of art one kind of items. There are stuffed birds and small mammals, his own paintings from nature and literature stories, ancient weapons, collection of ancient and nowadays money, selection of tour’s head with hole and stone weapon into it left by stone age hunter, models of hillforts, wood works, his own made jewelry from umber and silver, etc.

There are 3 highlights at Kuldīga:

  • the Ventas Rumba, the widest (241m) waterfall in Eastern Europe,

  • labyrinth of sand caves (more than four hundred meters),

  • Old town as state protected architectural heritage.

Accomodation:

  • Hostel,,Virkas Muiža’’, Virkas g. 27, Kuldiga, tel. 3323480, the cost 3-4 LVL;
  • Ekotourism farm “Upmali, Renda, tel. 33 47280;
  • “Rumba” hotel near Rumba;

Useful contacts

  • Kuldiga TIC, Pilsetas laukums, tel. 3322259;
  • Bicycle shop and repair, in TIC building, Kuldiga.

  • Brazma homestead to call to Igo Midrijanį, tel. 3341416;

  • Talsi region museum, tel. 3222770;

  • Talsi TIC, tel. 3224165;

4th day (24.07, Tuesday)

Kuldiga – Ivande –Edole – Alsunga – Jurkalne

The length of the route – 60 km (50 km – asphalt). Sleeping place near Jurkalne campsite near the beach.

On the way you can see (if it is working then) how works sincere old watermill technology at Īvande. Īvande manor house is used as adult educational center, primary school, hostel, office of selfgovernment. This is a nice place and park about 200m from main road. Ēdole’s castle and park is a highlight what a crowd of tourists visits. Alsunga is Suiti center. Suiti is very different and specific Latvian folklore area (5 communities). They separate from conventional Latvian folklore by way of singing and clothes. There will be a folklore performance on hillfort at Alsunga on 14.00. Jūrkalne is a highlight of Latvia’s beaches. It is famous by very high vertical dune along the beach.

Accommodation

  • Jūrkalne campsite,,Vēverlejas’’- near beach, price 2LVL/tent, owner A. Egle beside in house,,Kāpas’’, tel. 36 97164;

  • Village tourism homestead,,Lūši’’ 6LVL,3697131, Sauna

Useful contacts

Bicycle repair center, Kungu street 20, Liepaja.

5th day (25.07, Wednesday)

Jurkalne – Pavilosta – Liepoja

Route length – 70km, 10km to Pāvilosta crossing along the worst quality road in Latvia (but it is designed to cover by asphalt soon), 7km along gravel from Saraiķi, the other distance is quite asphalt road. Crossings to Pāvilosta and back (3km one way) and to Vērgale and back (3km one way), crossing from main road to Saraiķi, before Saraiķi to Liepāja. At Ulmale 1km additional sandy local road can lead you to the best accessible stone with hole used for blood during old ceremonies.

Sleeping place- Campground,,Beverliņi’’ in nature protection and recreation area in Liepāja.

Pāvilosta is a small lovely seaside town. There is local Marine museum. This beach is the best to pick up amber. Vērgale several times has win notional competition as cleanest and nicest villages. There is interesting local museum, open air swimming pool there.

Accomodation

Campsite “Beverlini” in Liepaja nature reserve.

Useful contacts

Bicycle repair, Kungu str.20, Liepaja.

6th day (26.07, Thursday)

Liepaja – -Bernati – Pape

Route length – 45km: 19km busy motored, 8km bad gravel road, 12km beach, and some km local road.

We enter Liepāja trough Karosta suburb. Karosta (War port in English) was closed residential area from both tsars’ Russia and Soviet Union. Navy families lived there. When Latvia renew independence several years it was very unusual dead town but now slowly it is changed to area for international activities. You can see large Russian church on the way, too. EuroVelo bike tourists are advised not to follow the signs for transit cars in Liepāja but ride trough center of the city and stay few hours in city. Before Bernāti EuroVelo turns to old asphalt road trough this long village with small private tourism accommodations, cafe, shop, may be in future possible place for repair service for bikes. After Bernāti main path EuroVelo separates in two opportunities. You can get a very busy asphalt road for all distance to Lithuanian border. Other alternative route will be guided for Baltic Bicycle Tour 2001+ and is the best chance to enjoy nature and adventures to turn after Bernāti to gravel, sandy, but strong beach, trails along grass and sand. On this way you can enjoy not only awful gravel but completely lonely beach (this was former restricted soviet military area but now- birds and plants protection territory. It is so unusual for Europe to be so far from other people on so wonderful beach with the only natural sounds of birds and waves. NOT PICK UP AMBER THERE! Soviets had exercises to bomb ships there. You can see pieces of phosphorus what is visually impossible to separate from umber but what shall you seriously injure when it warms in jour hand or pocked. You may see ruins of these bombed ships, too. Near Jūrmalciems you can see small private fishing boats where fishing is going on like in, old times’’. Near Pape you will have one of the two possibilities to see in Europe (the first one was in the Netherlands) wild horses. These species were artificially renewed from domestic ones in the Netherlands. Their tasks are to graze grass on loans with rich biodiversity not to allow them to be covered by bushes. Wild horses live in large territory but everybody is allowed to enter it (but follow regulations!).. There is an interesting lighthouse at Pape, too. There is a large diversity of birds in the lake Pape. There is built special tower for tourists to watch them. You will have the opportunity to do it in early morning because there will be a camp place at Pape. This is a place to stay for followers along main road, too. Closely to Pape you can see small nice ethnographical stile Lithuanian village. Then trail is going along wild meadows, pinafores, along dunes to Nida. Then little km gravel road to Lithuanian border.

Useful information

Tourism infocentre Liepāja, Lielā str.11, tel. 3421002

Accommodation

Sleeping place campground at Pape, alternatives to go main motored and stay at one of lot tourism farms near main road at Nīca.

7th day (27.07, Friday)

Pape- Nida- Lithuanian border- Palanga- Klaipėda

Through Latvia 10km along grass, sand, gravel, then from Šventoji to Klaipeda mainly asphalt bicycle path.

Please, remember that in Latvian side you are in nature protection area.

Palanga

The most interesting cultural heritage – the park, projected by Rene Andre. This park is very good example of productive relation between nature and culture. There is the Amber museum in the manor, equipped by the count Tiškevičius, which has almost the biggest Amber exposition in all the Europe.

Karklė

In the end of 19 cent. the village Karklė has continued from Giruliai to Nemirseta (now there is the Seaside Regional Park). Local inhabitants – curronians lived from fishing, domestic animals and from the amber. In 1911 there was built evangelic church. Later there was the polygon of Soviet Army. Now it is an etnoculture reserve.


Bicycle routes in Kurzeme !

(copy of Kurzeme cycling map from 2015)

Kurzeme is located in the Western part of Latvia, bordering with Lithuania in the South.
Kurzeme is best described by the 390 km long versatile coastline of the Baltic Sea and
Riga Bay – steep coasts, stony seaside, protected dunes, but aboveall – sandy beaches.
Kurzeme is rich in cultural and historical heritage – castles and manors, old towns,
seaside fishermen villages and ethnographic regions with ancient cultural traditions,
thatdifferentiates Kurzeme from any other regionin Latvia. Kurzeme also has morethan
80 especially protected nature territories with a distinguished variety of species, natural
habitats and landscapes, as well as aesthetical, ecological,cultural and historical values.
The national list of Latvia in UNESCO World Heritage List includes the old town of
Kuldīga in the ancient valley of the Venta River and the archaeological ensemble of
Grobiņa. The cultural space of the ethnographic Suitiregion is inscribed on UNESCO’s List
of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
Kurzeme is crossed by cycling routes EuroVelo 10 “Around the Baltic Sea” and
EuroVelo 13 “The Iron Curtain”. Both EuroVelo routes are an excellent way of getting to
know Kurzeme, its natural treasures, cultural and historical heritage, people and their
lives today.


10
EuroVelo 10 “Around the Baltic Sea”
With 490 km in Kurzeme, the route both runs along the coast, stopping in the largest harbour cities – Liepāja and Ventspils, and moves away from the sea leading to the historical small towns of Kurzeme – Kuldīga, Talsi, Sabile, Kandava, Tukums, introducing to the cultural environment and the traditional landscape of Kurzeme – hills, forests, and river valleys.

13
EuroVelo 13 “The Iron Curtain”
This EuroVelo 13 route takes you around Kurzeme along the coast – for almost 390 km.
This route will come as a dessert to those interested in the military heritage – here you can see the former military radio telescope of the USSR army in Irbene, which is theeighth largest in the world, and is now being used for civil purposes. Karosta (Naval Port) in Liepāja also has a lot to offer – a unique complex of military and fortification buildings on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The nearby sea has left a great deal of influence on Kurzeme. Seaside fishermen villages in Kurzeme have a very special atmosphere, and here, as in any proper fishermen village, smoked fish is always on the offer.
If you are planning a longer cycling holiday EuoVelo routes can be supplemented with longer or shorter local cycling routes. The map includes the most important cycling rou- tes that show the most of the nature, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of Kurzeme.
There are several outstanding cycling routes in Kurzeme that have been set up in pro tected nature territories. Routes in Slītere National Park, Ķemeri National Park, nature parks “Bernāti”, “Pape”, “Engures ezers”, and reserve “Būšnieku ezers” run across both the pine forests and dunes so typical to the coastal area, as well as take you on a tour through serene fishermen villages. Routes in nature parks “Talsu pauguraine”, “Abavas senleja”, “Embūte”, “Riežupe”, and in nature reserve “Ventas ieleja” run across hilly areas and picturesque river valleys.

Cycling route enthusiasts in Kurzeme will enjoy supplementing their tours with rides
around lakes –Lake Usma, Lake Pape, Lake Engure, and Būšnieku Lake.
Several cycling routes lead you on a journey through the cultural environment, ethno-
graphic regions, aswell asthe cultural and historical heritage of Kurzeme, one of which is
“Suiti and theSmall Towns of Lower Kurzeme”cycling route. Nearly all towns have several
local cycling routes as well, that connect interestinghistorical and modern tourism sights
– castles and manors, museums, open farms, recreational parks.
Enjoy Kurzeme by tasting smoked fish, sklandrausis (carrot cake), live beer or home
made wines, and many other local delicacies!


local bicycle routes in Kurzeme (in Latvian)

local bicycle routes in Kurzeme (in Latvian)

551 Around Ķemeri National Park
Ķemeri – Jaunķemeri –Lapmežciems– Bigauņciems – Klapkalnciems – Valgums –
Smārde – Dunduru Meadows – Kaļķis– Kūdra – Ķemeri
80 km (37 km asphalt, 43 km forest and countryside roads)
An affluent route for experienced cyclists. Introduces to the natural values and cultural
environment of Ķemeri National Park.

552 Cycling trails near Lake Valgums
Three cycling routes near Lake Valgums introduce to the natural values of Ķemeri
National Park, and offer a peaceful and quiet atmosphere.

Forest Circle
16 km (4 km asphalt, 5 km gravel road, the rest – forest roads)
A quiet, peaceful ride along forest roads.

Circle of Šlokenbeka Manor
17 km (9.5 km asphalt, the rest – forest and countryside roads)
The route runs along the forest roads of Slocene Valley – the wild river and wet meadows on the other side of the river are valuable nature territories, home to protected animals and rare plant species.

Circle of Hill Lustūzis
22 km (14 km asphalt, 8 km forest roads)
Hilly – from 9 to 72 m above sea level – a route that also includes the highest peak of Ķemeri National Park. For more experienced cyclists.

553 Around Lake Engure
Engure – Eastern Shore of Lake Engure –Bērzciems – Mērsrags – Ķūļciems –
Ezermuiža – Engure
65 km (mostly gravel road, forest roads)
The route for lake enthusiasts will not be an easy one, the trails in the pine forests might be sandy, while the road on the western shore of the lake has a gravel surface than can be of low quality and dusty. However, the opportunity to enjoy both the lake and the sea compensates the hardships. Orchid trail, bird observation towers, wild cows and horses are the main keywords for this route.

554 Circle of Talsi Highland
20 km (7 km asphalt and city streets, 13 km small countryside roads)
The route crosses the picturesque area of Talsi Highland, stopping at the small lakes and tourism sights. Experienced cyclists can also take a tour in the town of Talsi.

555 Cycling Route of the Ancient Abava Valley
Kandava– Zviedru cepure –Sabile – Imulas –Kalnmuiža – Aizdzire – Valdeķi – Kandava
40 km (20 km asphalt, 20 km small countryside roads)
The route connects two small towns of the nature park of the ancient Abava valley –
Kandava and Sabile. One of the most picturesque routes in Kurzeme.

 556 Baron’s Cycling Route
Dundaga – Kubali – Valpene – Sabdagas – Dundaga
32 km (12 km asphalt, 14 km gravel road, 6 km forest roads)
The route takes you along the most important natural, cultural and historical objects, and is oriented at eco tourism.
557 Slītere Circle
Košrags – Vaide – Kolka – Melnsils – Ezermuiža – Dūmele – Košrags
50 km (15 km asphalt, 35 km small forest roads)
The route introduces to the coastal nature, as well as to the cultural and historical heritage of the Livs. It runs along forest roads and through the villages of Livs – Kolka, Vaide, Saunrags, Pitrags and Košrags. On the way back, the circle runs along the Bažu Swamp and the ancient road between Košrags and Dūmelis, and then leads back to Kolka along the highway.
 558 Through Liv villages Mazbānītis Nature Trail
Through Liv villages: Mazirbe – Košrags – Pitrags – Saunags – Vaide – Mazirbe
27 km (12 km asphalt, 15 km small forest and village roads)
A route for active cyclists, who are interested in the coastal nature and the cultural
heritage of the Livs.
Mazbānītis Nature Trail: Mazirbe – Sīkrags – Mazirbe
17 km (10 km forest roads, 7 km highway P124)
The route takes you from Mazirbe to Sīkrags along the former track of Stende-Ventspils narrow gauge railway Mazbānītis. Building of the railway was initiated in 1916, and it was in active use up until 1963.
559 Around Lake Usma
Usma – Amjūdze – Lejastiezumi – Āpciems – Usma
55 km (10 km asphalt, 13 km gravel road, 32 km forest and small countryside roads) The most beautiful lake in Kurzeme – Lake Usma will be an exciting one for lake enthusiasts. The route runs along forest roads and small countryside roads, and is great for enjoying the landscape of the lake
 560 Around Būšnieku Lake
Ventspils – Būšnieki – Staldzene – Ventspils
30 km (6 km small forest roads, 24 km city streets and asphalted highways)
An easy ride for people, who like water – the route lets you enjoy both Būšnieku Lake, and the sea near the steep coasts of Staldzene
561 Cycling Route of the Venta River
Ventspils – Piltene – Zlēkas – Ventava – Zūras – Leči – Vārve – Ventspils
95 km (10 km gravel road, 85 km asphalt and city streets)
The route runs along the Venta River and occasionally stops at the villages of the left bank of the river. The right bank is a little less inhabited, with two stops – Piltene and Zlēkas.
562 Suiti Cycling Route
Kuldīga – Īvande – Ēdole – Alsunga – Upītes – Kuldīga
Main circle 56 km (21 km gravel road, 35 km asphalt)
The route runs through the ethnographic Suiti region, and connects Kuldīga with
Alsunga. Experienced cyclists can create their own route along the P110 road and the old Suiti road with several picturesque connecting stretches.
 563 Cycling Route of the Venta valley
Kuldīga – Padure – the large and small Lake Naba – P108 – Ķimale – Kuldīga
42 km (17 km asphalt, 25 km small countryside and forest roads)
The largest part of the route runs past the Venta River along small forest roads and
settlements.
564 Riežupe Cycling Route
Kuldīga – Riežupe caves – Osti – Mežvalde – Kuldīga
17 km (small forest roads) • 27 km (with an extension through Ķūkciems)
The route introduces to the beautiful pine forests of Riežupe Nature Park, the landscapes of the valleys of the Riežupe and Venta Rivers, and sand caves dug out during the time of Duchy of Courland.
 565 Past magnolias, hillforts and lakes
Kuldīga – Pelči – Mazsālijas – Snēpele – Turlava – Vilgāle – Kuldīga
55 km (18 km asphalt, 15 km gravel road, 22 km small countryside roads)
A very picturesque route with hills, winding roads and landscapes of small lakes.
566 Cultural and Historical Circle of Southern Kurzeme
Aizpute – Apriķi – Cīrava – Aizpute
40 km (11 km gravel road, 29 km asphalt)
By taking this route you can visit Aizpute, the romantic small town of Kurzeme, the
nearby manors, and other important cultural and historical places.
567 Jūrmalciems Cycling Trails
Liepāja – Bernāti –Jūrmalciems– Pape – Nida – Lithuanian border
~ 52 km
Occasionally marked with cycling signs on wooden posts and colour marking on trees.
The route connects the nature parks of Lake Bernāti and Pape, and can be continued in Lithuania. The route is suitable for experienced cyclists; stretches of the route running along the forest trails of the nature parks are not only sandy, but also have a pronounced relief, and while cycling along the coast you should pay attention to the wind direction.
Take this route, if you travel around Kurzeme along the coast and do not want to take the A11 highway with intensive traffic.
568 Around Lake Pape
Pape – Brušvītu ciems – Papes Priediengals – Pape
30 km (5 km gravel road, 25 km small countryside and forest roads)
The route is suitable for lake enthusiasts and the enduring ones, who are not afraid of mosquito and gadfly attacks, and will not be surprised by more difficult stretches in summer, especially in the northern part of the lake. The route runs along the pastures of wild horses. Be careful, when sharing the road with the curious and friendly wild horses.
569 Borderland of Auce and Saldus counties – manors and castles
Auce – Priedula – Vadakste – Ruba – Ezerkrogs – Jaunauce – Ķevele –Vecauce – Auce
60 km (10 km asphalt, 50 km gravel roads)
The route runs along low intensity gravelroads and through Auce andSaldus counties, introducing to theirmanors and castles. The route reveals the beautiful landscape of Latvian borderland, and just across the Vadakste River, you can see the open country of Lithuania.
Most of the manors surprise with their neatness and well-considered tourism offer.

Copy of velokurzeme.lv, because you never how long local web pages are alive …

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Bicycle facilities in Ventspils
Ventspils now has ~45 km of bicycle paths.
Bicycle Routes in Liepāja district
In Liepāja region there are a lot of beautiful landscapes, interesting and unique nature objects and objects of the cultural history.
Cycling Routes in Liepāja
Currently only a few parts of bicycle paths are built in Liepāja city and Liepāja region and they are not yet interconnected.
Cycling Routes Tukums and Vicinity
Travel by Bicycle in Area of Tukums! When travelling with an environmentally friendly vehicle – the bicycle – the traveller is not only closer to the environment, but also helps preserving the nature’s valuables .
Bicycle route Liv villages
In the Slītere National Park, except for restricted areas, you may walk freely through it to look for plants, animals and landscapes, to pick mushrooms and berries, to go swimming etc.
In the Slītere National Park, except for restricted areas, you may walk freely through it to look for plants, animals and landscapes, to pick mushrooms and berries, to go swimming etc.
The Slītere Circle
In the Slītere National Park, except for restricted areas, you may walk freely through it to look for plants, animals and landscapes, to pick mushrooms and berries, to go swimming etc.
Dundaga cycling circle «Baron bōgans»
The route is diverse, packed with culture heritage and nature objects, opportunities of recreation and cognition. The dwelling places of the collector of Latvian folk songs Krišjānis Barons and his family.
Pāvilosta region bike route
The route begin offers a look at the most interesting places in Pāvilosta region.
Pāvilostas city bike route
Road surfacing – asflalts, gravel, sand. You can orient by the street names and velomarks.
Cycling Routes in Vicinity of Kandava
Kandava, which is among the most beautiful provincial towns of Kurzeme, captivates the traveller by its antique architecture, cobbled streets and lanterns, and by the most marvellous landscapes.
Cycling Routes in Tukums Town
Routes for those who wish to explore the town and vicinity of Tukums on a bicycle. There are three routes suitable for families with children and adventurous companies of friends alike.

 


OLD INFORMATION

 

more background info

Region LV1 in Shop

Region LV1 on Openstreetmap / Opencyclemap

see also long-distance route Riga-Klaipeda

Courland in the Wikipedia

Informationssammlung zu dieser Region in der wiki.dviratis.lt

Kurzeme Turizma Asociacija (Latvian only)

mehr Hintergrundinformationen

Region LV1 im BaltiCCycle Shop

Region LV1 auf der Openstreetmap / Opencyclemap

siehe auch: Fernroute Riga-Klaipeda

Westlettland bei vialatvia.de

Kurland in der Wikipedia

Informationssammlung zu dieser Region in der wiki.dviratis.lt

Kurzeme Turizma Asociacija (Leider nur Lettisch)

http://www.lettland-guide.de/regionen/kurzeme/

Links

Region LV1 in ShopRegion LV1 im BaltiCCycle Shop
Region LV1 on Openstreetmap / OpencyclemapRegion LV1 auf der Openstreetmap / Opencyclemap
see also long-distance route Riga-Klaipedasiehe auch: Fernroute Riga-Klaipeda
Courland in the Wikipedia

Informationssammlung zu dieser Region in der wiki.dviratis.lt

Kurzeme Turizma Asociacija (Latvian only)

www.velokurzme.lv

Westlettland bei vialatvia.de

Kurland in der Wikipedia

Informationssammlung zu dieser Region in der wiki.dviratis.lt

Kurzeme Turizma Asociacija (Leider nur Lettisch)

Text über Stadt und Region Cesis (Wenden) – aus “Lettland per Rad” (2007): hier

 

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local bicycle routes in Kurzeme (in Latvian)


Beschrieben in “Lettland per Rad” (2007 und 2004) / Described in the Booklet “Latvia by bicycle” (2007 and 2004)

There is no official bicycle route signing in Latvia, yet. __this is the proposed bicycle route for the EuroVelo? Route No. 10 “Baltic Sea Circuit” (www.eurovelo.org) and the Euro Cycle Trail R1 Calais-St?. Petersburg (www.euroroute-r1.de)



Photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/Balticcyclework/Lv1_Riga_Klaipeda#
LV1 Burgenroute / The Castles’ Route Riga-Klaipeda?
http://www.dviratis.lt/index.php?page=gallery&aid=129

Wegbeschreibung “Lettland per Rad” / Route description “Latvia by bicycle”, Neue Auflage 2007

Oder Infopaket zur Route / or as information package to the route

Online-Karte der Route Lit. Grenze-Riga? (LV1)

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?relation=