Country Holidays
No 50175
Self drive tour
Self drive tour Independent travel Latvia

Culinary Route "Flavours of Livonia" - Freedom's road

  • Bakery and tavern “Lāči” - The popular Lāči ancient Latvian bread baking traditions and skills are used in Latvia and abroad. You can take a tour in the bakery, bake your own bread, purchase our products, have a meal in the tavern where Lāči products are used in cooking, combining them with seasonal and local farmers’ produce.
  • A park and museum to commemorate the Christmas battles - The so-called Christmas battles between the Russian and the German military took place in 1916, during World War I. Latvian riflemen demonstrated such courage and heroism during these battles that they became known far beyond Latvia’s borders. Machine Gun Hill now has a memorial to the Latvian riflemen. The viewing tower on the hill has been restored. You can hike the area with or without a guide and visit the Christmas battle museum at the Mangaļi homestead, as well as trenches, fortifications, dugouts, etc. The Mangaļi homestead is home to Latvia’s largest mock-up of a battle site. The dugout and a part of the so-called “German rampart” that was part of the front line of the German fortifications has been reconstructed in its original location.

  • Restaurant „Neptūns“ - Oldest restaurant in Jurmala with a 50 year history, situated in the dune zone, where you can enjoy the sea air and pines soughing. A wide selection of grilled food prepared on an open fire throughout the year. We offer meals and drinks according to seasonal specialities.

  • Fish products “Reiņa zivis” -Family-owned company specialising in the production of hot smoked fish products, using only natural alder wood during the smoking process. Organises tastings for tourists - which allows you to witness the whole production process with your own eyes and taste all the products of the company.

  • Restaurant „Valguma pasaule“ - Located on the southern shore of Lake Valgums. Prepares meals using only natural spices and mostly Latvian products. Elegant dishes are offered in the glass room, and soup is cooked on a campfire.

  • Abavas family-owned winery and cellar - The company was established and developed by the Barkans family, and produces premium craft drinks from Latvian grown fruits and berries. One of the largest vineyards in Latvia is grown and developed in Courland, close to the town of Sabile, on the southern slope of the River Abava valley, but the cellar and vinery is based in Arlavciems, close to the town of Tukums, in the middle of apple orchards. You can taste and purchase various alcoholic beverages here.

  • Medieval pub in Jaunpils castle - Jaunpils Castle was built in 1301 as a fortress of the Livonian Order, surrounded by a mill pond on three sides. Medieval meals are combined with traditional Latvian cuisine on the tavern’s daily menu.

  • Country home “Rogas” - Organic farm that is engaged in cattle breeding, dairy processing and rural tourism. Here you can get acquainted with ancient recipes of butter, cheese and cottage cheese making. Tasting at the end.

  • Smuku manor - The renovated estate complex from the 16th century is located 20 km from Saldus, offering a variety of dining options for romantic dinners, workshops and large banquets, preparing Latvian dishes from fresh, home-made products.

  • Biological farm „Ošenieki” - This biological farm grows berries such as strawberries and summer and autumn raspberries, as well as vegetables and grains. Visitors are offered to pick up and taste their produce on the farm. During the hay season in summer visitors can spend the night in bales of hay.

  • Domestic winery “Tēviņi” - The winery makes wine from berries and fruits collected in the garden and nearby forests and swamps. The offer includes wines from raspberries, apples, gooseberries, blueberries, strawberries, lingonberries, rowanberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, elderberries, shadberries, chokeberries, dandelions. Our brand product is “Raspberry sparkling wine” prepared using traditional methods.

  • Kalnmuižas restaurant - Located in Kalnmuižas Castle. The pride of the restaurant's menu are the greens, fruits and vegetables from the ancient valley of the River Abava, wild game and mushrooms from Kurzeme forests, meat, crayfish, trout, goat’s cheese and home-made bread from the district’s farms. The menu depends on the season. Offer includes seasonal specialities.

  • Cheese factory “Birznieki” - Certified organic and environmental health farm specialising in goat breeding and goat’s cheese production. Visitors can get acquainted with the herd, purchase and taste cheeses.

  • Food factory “Saldus gotiņa” - The factory produces milk candy “Gotiņa”, toffee, sherbet, marmalade and candy cream from natural ingredients. We obtain fresh milk from local farms; other ingredients for the production process are obtained in the surrounding area. Each piece of candy “Gotiņa” is hand-wrapped.

  • Farm „Rubuļi“ - Production of sausages and smoked meat from farmed pigs. In pig feed, the farm uses its own grain, but in the smoking process, natural alder firewood. Tastings and tours are available throughout the year.

  • Farm „Ģinas - From farm-based products, you can enjoy Livonian-style dishes cooked on fire together with homemade grain bread. The hostess also offers massages and sauna rituals.

  • Herbs from „Embūtes garšaugi" - Household producer that cultivates vegetables and herbs, produces mixtures of dried herbs and vitamin teas, using products only from their farm. Products do not contain salt, preservatives and food additives.

  • The Oskars Kalpaks Memorial Museum „Airītes“ - “Airītes” is a museum found at the place where the first commander of the Latvian Armed Forces, Col Oskars Kalpaks and other Latvian soldiers fell during a battle on March 6, 1919.   In 1922 monument for O. Kalpaks was unveiled, and in 1936, a museum, dedicated to the Kalpak Battalion, was opened. The monument was destroyed during the Soviet era, and the building housed a post office and some flats.  The memorial was restored during the national Renaissance in 1988 and 1989, and on November 11, 1990, the museum was reopened. The exhibits speak to Kalpaks’ life during World War I and Latvia’s liberation battles.  Employees regularly organise commemorative events in honour of Kalpaks, as well as celebrations of Lāčplēsis (Veterans’) Day.

  • „Skrunda manor“ restaurant - Skrunda Manor is located along the Riga – Liepaja highway. The restaurant makes seasonal dishes exclusively from local products and produce of local farmers in Latvia. We value Latvian cuisine and offer it to our guests in a contemporary form.

  • Cafe „Jumis“ - Jumis Cafe is located on the Riga - Liepaja motorway (A9). Prepares culinary products and pastry without E-substances, that is also available at the nearby shop. The café has spacious rooms and wooden interior.

  • Guest house „Garīkas“ - An old baron estate in Kurzeme, 35 km from Kuldīga. The first farm in Latvia to start cultivating shiitake mushrooms and does so until now. Offers an insightful excursion. Option to order meals with shiitake mushrooms and to purchase mushroom produce.

  • Ostrich farm „Nornieki“ - The biggest ostrich farm in Latvia, located near Kuldīga, provides the opportunity to purchase healthy and valuable ostrich meat products and go on an excursion in the ostrich and goat farm. Catering services available.

  • Guest house „Mazsālijas“ - The old mill of the German baron Von Hann, built in 1847, has been turned into a recreation place with organic farming of fallow-deer, trout, fruits and vegetables. The owner is a wine maker who pays the utmost attention to every drink he creates. We offer catering services, tours and tastings.

  • Bakery „Ineses tortes“ - Ineses barey prepares variety of cakes, using only natural ingredients from Latvia. Visitors can learn how to bake cakes, taste and purchase them, and order cakes for themselves.

  • Gifts from nature at „Puerto VV“ - The owner will tell you about wild plants, elixirs, and explain how to use these gifts from nature for nutritional purposes and to improve your health. Master classes in cooking tasty meals with wild plants.

  • Baking bread at „Ievlejas“ - Small bakery where the owner bakes sourdough bread according to a very old family recipe handed down over several generations. Bread is an organic product, with ingredients grown locally in the farm. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in baking and tasting the bread, and can purchase bread and visit the museum.

  • Training apiary „Strops“ - The training apiary offers excursions - to see, to feel, to taste, to hear. Visitors have the opportunity to get to know the profession of a beekeeper, enjoy the healthy and tasty snacks from bee products. Master classes "Candle making", "Wax paintings", "Gourmet", "Health from bee apiaries", "New beekeeper", also practical trainings and seminars for beekeepers.

  • Herbal teas and honey „Turaidas“ - The farm produces teas from organic herbs, but the bee apiary - honey. You can buy the produce here.

  • „Durbes veltes“ - Small food-processing enterprise producing house wines, interesting liqueurs, fruit and berry canned food, jams from local produce, and all without preservatives. It is possible to purchase the products.

  • The Liepāja fortress - An impressive set of military structures between the Baltic Sea and Lake Liepāja and Lake Tosmare. Construction of the fortress began in the late 19th century on the basis of a decree by Russian Tsar Alexander III. The fortress includes accommodations and elements of fortifications – sites for cannons, trenches, gunpowder cellars, systems of canals, a narrow-gauge rail line, etc.  In 1908, the fortress was shut down because of a change in Russia’s defence concept, and the construction of it was declared to have been a strategic mistake. Until today, some parts of the fortress have survived. The northern part of the fortress includes the Military Port, which was closed to civilians During the Soviet years. There are many outstanding monuments to military history. Tourists love the Karosta prison, which offers educational programmes.

  • Restaurant “Libava” - Situated in a building with a rich history. Historically a fish market was located here, which has influenced the activities of the restaurant. ​The restaurant offers a vast selection of fish dishes and seafood, as well as exquisite meat dishes. We also offer a children’s and vegetarian menu.

  • Cafe “Krisdole” - Offers freshly baked treats from seasonal, own and local produce. Classic and traditional, new and innovative recepies from Kurzeme region.

  • „Cafe 21 & Putnu dārzs“ - The café offers freshly prepared homemade dishes, sush as "Sea Pig", "Schnitzel Sea", grated potato pancakes.

  • Beach cafe „Vēju dārzs“ - Nice, cozy beach cafe. On Wednesday evenings, sunset music - live saxophone, live music on weekends.

  • Restaurant “Pastnieka māja” - Located 5 minutes’ drive from the sea, in the old part of Liepāja (Vecliepāja) - in an old renovated building where the postman Arvids once lived. Located on two floors, offering European cuisine with a twist of Courland style. Business lunches, family celebrations, banquets and seminars.

  • House of traditions „Zvanītāji“ in Rucava - Located in the centre of Rucava - a wooden building that was built and renovated at the end of the 19th century. Offers traditional cultural programmes, introducing guests to Rucava cultural heritage and providing an opportunity to taste traditional Courland cuisine.