No 50153
Self drive tour
Self drive tour Independent travel Latvia

Fruit gardens and regional authenticity

Jēkabpils – Vārkava – Višķi – Naujene – Kurmīši – Krāslava

  • Nature monument - protected dendrological plantations "Vārkavas parks" is located in Upmalas parish, with an area of 2.7 ha. The park was made in the start of 19th century, and judging by the larger oaks (about 200 g.), the rest of the plantations were planted at the end of the 19th century. The park is home to the trees and shrubs of the region - maple ash, spruce, ashes, oaks, delicate willow, linden, horns, stick, European spindle; and also more than 10 exotic species of trees and shrubs - maples, ashes, spruce, ashes, oaks, delicate willow, linden, horns, hazel, European leggings, leafy maple, sugar maple, mock-orange, Mongolian poplar, silver lobster, Hungarian lilac, Crimean linden, broadleaf linden.

  • Dendrological plantations of Višķi

  • The Naujene Local History Museum is located in Naujiene, on the side of the Daugavpils - Kraslava (A6) road. The museum's ethnographic collection displays the exhibition "The rich Latvian farmer's room" from the 19th-20th centuries household items. Around the road, the well-equipped Juzepova Park, in which once was built the Count Bogdan Šahno Manor House, that has not survived until present times. The park has many old, beautiful trees - mostly oaks, lindens, conifers, and two cedar pines (Pinus cembra). A pear tree (Pyrus piraster) grows nearby.

  • A viewing tower in Vasargelišķi - The tower offers one of the loveliest views in Eastern Latvia – one of the eight curves of the Daugava. This is the Rozališki curve. Here you will get a whole new sense of the Daugava River and its mighty valley in a place where the waters of a hydroelectric plant bubble away in our present day and age.

  • The Slutišķi village - The Slutiški village is a very ethnographic village with a layout and buildings typical of the Latgale region, complete with decorated windows and facades. The Slutiški Old Believers House features a museum focusing on the cultural environment and traditions of the Old Believers. One of Latvia’s most unusual landscapes can be seen from the ancient banks of the Daugava River.

  • The farm “Kurmīši” grows medicinal plants that are very common in Latvia – oregano, St John’s wort, wormwood, lemon balm, catsfoot, etc. You can take an informational tour and taste and purchase tea mixtures.

  • Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center residences

Distance driving 146 km