"Ventspils – nice seaside town, mixed old and new" Ventspils by Raimix
Ventspils Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 110 photos
Ventspils is the sixth largest towns in Latvia, with a population of about 43000. The town is in location of two waters – Baltic Sea and Venta river. That’s why town’s name is like that, meaning “castle on Venta”.
The place was mentioned in 13th century first as a place for Livonian castle. It was characterized as quite big port town. In the beginning of 18th century Ventspils was quite destroyed because of wartimes (Swedish vs. Poland, Lithuania and later vs. Russia). Later, in times of Russian Empire and Soviet union, place was known as very profitable due to port – works, especially petroleum transportation.
Nowadays it is quite beautiful town (despite that not so much of old things left). The place is much refurbished, especially in recent years. Statistically Ventspils region is rich one compared to other Latvian places. This is Latvian place I would like to return, especially in summer time, as it has well prepared beach, camping places as well as, I believe, more to see inside and outside town.
- Pros:Very clean, newly refurbished, historical.
- Cons:Not too much of old things left.
- In a nutshell:Tourism friendly Latvian seaside town.
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