Country Holidays

Specialization

Those rural tourism accommodations specializing in some specific activities and willing to attract specific target groups, can obtain the following specialization symbols. To receive a specialization symbol, the accommodation has to fulfill the criteria of the particular specialization type.

Entity specializations

The blue symbols show specialisation of accommodations – the facilities to cater for special interests of guests. To be marked as specialised, accommodations comply with set criteria. Click on specialisation titles next to symbols to read descriptions.

Fishing
Fishing

There is a place where water tourists can spend time or spend the night on the banks of a river.  There is a pier where boats can be put into the water and then taken out of the water.  The venue offers boats and the necessary equipment, or there is a boat rental place nearby with information about the rental cost and the boats.  There is detailed information about boating routes, and services related to boats, equipment and passenger transport are offered.

Read more on fishing here.

Skiing
Skiing

The venue is less than 5 km from a well-appointed downhill skiing or cross-country skiing facility.  There is information about nearby ski trails and the services which they offer.  There are partnerships with ski trails, including special discounts on leasing of equipment and use of the trails, etc.  There are special rooms to dry clothing and footwear and to store equipment.  There is a convenient car park during winter conditions.  There is a kitchen, or dining services are offered.

Read more on skiing here.

Horseback riding
Horseback riding

The farm has horses meant for horseback riding in a specific area or along a specific route, or such services are available in a radius of 5 km from the venue.  An instructor is available, along with information about services and prices.

Read more on horseback riding here.

For parties
For parties

There is a room for celebrations with tables, chairs and benches for the necessary number of guests.  There is a kitchen to prepare and serve food, complete with dishes and silverware.  Dining is possible, and there is a car park for guests.  There is equipment to play music or to have live musical performances.  The venue has a partnership with event organisers.

Read more here.

Seminars
Seminars

There is a separate room for seminars and coffee breaks or luncheons, or a seminar room in which there is room for a table to serve coffee.  There are appropriate furnishings, and the room is appropriate, as well, complete with the equipment that is needed for seminars.  There are breaks for meals or some coffee.

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Wellbeing Tourism
Wellbeing Tourism

This leisure offer is meant to provide you with emotional, physical and spiritual good feelings.  Peace, quiet, expansive areas, fresh air, pampering yourself, a healthy lifestyle, moderate activities, an aesthetic environment, the proximity of nature – all of these are skilfully merged to provide you with harmonic enjoyment, balance your inner world, and renew your energy.

Read more on wellness here.

Wellbeing TourismRural SPA
Rural SPA

Hotels, estates and guesthouses with spa services are in the countryside and offer high-quality spa procedures and relaxing rituals so that you can pamper and restore yourself.  Added value is provided by fresh air, lovely natural and countryside landscapes, and the sounds of nature.  The venues also have equipment for outdoor activities such as bicycles, boats, poles for hiking, trails, designed routes for walking, as well as bicycle trips in the nearby area.

Wellbeing TourismCity SPA
City SPA
Wellbeing TourismSauna Experience
Sauna Experience

Sauna experience restores the body in physical and spiritual terms.  The sauna ritual is an adventure at various levels – healing and purifying the body, concentrating on emotions, learning about yourself, and even experiencing a positive change in your consciousness.  Sauna rituals are offered by certified and experienced experts, and the rituals make use of gifts from the environment – branch and plant switches, scrubs and body masks from natural and local raw materials.  Herbal teas are also offered.

Wellbeing TourismSilence and Peace
Silence and Peace

These weekend homes offer unbothered peace in the countryside.  The surroundings are sparsely populated, and other holidaymakers will not disturb you.  Silence, expanse, privacy, fresh air, the sounds of nature and the surrounding landscape – all of these will calm your mind and restore your strength and vitality.   Enjoy nature thanks to trails, wooden pathways and viewing platforms.  Accommodations offer maps of the surrounding area, as well as other useful information.

Wellbeing TourismNature for Health
Nature for Health

This offer is for those of you who choose a healthy lifestyle, as well as those of you who are looking for yourselves.  We offer various activities, camps and retreats in the countryside, including environmental therapy programmes, consciousness and peace practices, yoga, meditation, gifts from nature, herbal teas, activities to learn about plants, as well as fresh and healthy foods.

For children and teenagers
For children and teenagers

One or more cradles and chairs for children, a playground, and special offers for children if dining is offered.  Facilities meant for children’s activities are child-friendly.  There are special offers for kids such as games, attractions, creative workshops, rental of children’s sports equipment, etc.  The territory of the venue is safe for children.

Read more here.

By the sea
By the sea

The venue is no less than 5 km from the sea, with information to show where the sea is located (the venue is on the seashore, the sea is across a road, etc.).  There are descriptions about the local seashore (sandy, rocky, grassy), about bathing locations and about how well-appointed the beach is.  There is information about leisure opportunities on the seashore – volleyball, trips in fishing boats, etc.  The venue may offer sunning chairs, sun umbrellas and beach towels.  The venue has a map or description as to how to get to the sea.

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Active leisure
Active leisure

An extensive and special offer in the countryside for children and teenagers of various ages and with various interests.  People can learn about life in the countryside and enjoy leisure and recreation in a safe and healthy country environment. 

Beautiful sights
Beautiful sights
Birdwatching
Birdwatching

The venue is close to places that are important for birds (migration routes, etc.).  There are bird watching towers, platforms or blinds at the venue or nearby, with informational materials about the birds and how they can best be spotted.  A guide to birds is available, along with telescopes or binoculars.  The owners are informed about bird watching and counting events in the nearby area, as well as about the activities of the Latvian Ornithological Association.  Transport is provided from the venue to the bird watching location, with an early breakfast and a packed lunch for participants.

Insect watching
Insect watching
Botanical
Botanical
Mammal watching
Mammal watching
Mushroom picking
Mushroom picking

The territory around the venue is appropriate for mushroom hunting.  The venue offers information about edible and inedible mushrooms, along with a guide or handbook to mushrooms.  The owners can accompany the guests or provide a knowledgeable guide.  They are familiar with the surrounding area and can describe it so that guests do not get lost.  Guests can be provided with a map of the territory, and the venue has the necessary baskets or buckets to collect mushrooms.  The owners can recommend recipes or offer a chance to cook the mushrooms on site.

Canoeing
Canoeing

There is a place where water tourists can spend time or spend the night on the banks of a river.  There is a pier where boats can be put into the water and then taken out of the water.  The venue offers boats and the necessary equipment, or there is a boat rental place nearby with information about the rental cost and the boats.  There is detailed information about boating routes, and services related to boats, equipment and passenger transport are offered.

Cycling
Cycling

There are marked or tested bike routes in the area.  The venue offers maps of the routes, and it either offers bikes for rent or works with a company which does so, also making sure that the relevant equipment is available.  The venue offers precise information about the type and number of bicycles that are available, as well as about the rental cost.  There is a locked place to store bikes, and maintenance and repair services are available.  The venue offers a way of transporting the baggage of bike tourists, and it can provide breakfast and dinner.

Walking
Walking

The venue is in a rural and environmental territory that is appropriate for walking, complete with nature, education or simple walking trails.  Hiking routes are marked.  The owner can serve as a guide.  If there are multi-day hikes, the venue must offer a guide who is familiar with the area, will take responsibility for the safety of guests, and is familiar with first aid.  The venue offers a way of transporting the baggage of bike tourists.

Agriculture
Agriculture

This is an actual farm, fishing operation or crafts operation where people can learn about the county life, about farms and their operations (grain growing, plant growing, gardening, etc.).  Tours of the farm are available, and guests can take part in various tasks on the farm.  The venue can offer tastings and purchase of various foods such as cheese, honey, wine, etc.

Castles and manors
Castles and manors
Local lifestyle
Local lifestyle
Agri Heritage
Agri Heritage

The offer of agro-tourism and historical heritage involves farms that are open to visitors, interactive museums, private collections and other places where people can learn about life in the countryside and the historical heritage that is linked to agriculture.  Visitors will learn about manufacturing processes from start to finish.  This can involve modern farms which offer visitors a look at their work and their history.  The aspect of historical heritage also includes the effects of all kinds of eras and cultures – those that have left tracks in present-day lives in the countryside and agricultural work.

Heritage gardens
Heritage gardens

These are gardens, botanical gardens and plant collections open to visitors and showing horticulture and gardening traditions, historical varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs, ornamental trees, bushes and flowers. In specialized gardens visitors may also learn about historical cultivars, their use, and achievements of local plant breeders. Historical gardens reflect influences from different historical periods and cultures. They are often located near estates, museums or homesteads and form a part of their history.

Food
Food