Liepāja is a 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest Baltic city chosen as a home place by around 80 000 people.
The city is located on the stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the lake of Liepāja, both connected by the Trade canal.
The oldest electric tram line in the Baltic curves through the residential neighborhoods of the city from its north to south. And, it is worth to mention that this nature friendly public transportation is available only in Liepāja and two other Latvia’s cities.
The sea with its widest sandy beach in the country, strolling, beautiful scenery and colorful sunsets – these are just few of many magnets that attract locals, neighbors and more distant guests from Europe and worldwide.
Liepāja is a destination city with the added tourism value. It is able to provide high quality tourism services to the broad and diverse travelers groups, including people with special needs. In 2013 Liepāja won the international contest ‘EDEN’ in the field of “accessible tourism” or tourism for people with disabilities, and was named the European Destination of Excellence in Latvia.
Liepāja has also rich cultural, art and sports traditions. Summers in Liepāja are usually packed with various events and festivals – starting from the whopping beach party „Summer Sound” to the Speed Festival „Rally Kurzeme”, when tens of thousands guests are gathering in the city.
Less sunny months of the year do not stop from shining the vivid cultural life of the city, when travelers and visitors can attend different exhibits, expositions, concerts and other creative activities. The pearls of the Art are internationally recognized performances of Liepāja Theatre and Liepāja Symphony orchestra. Magnificent and splendid interiors of centuries old Liepāja churches and cathedrals are stunning everybody who enters these colossal buildings. And the warm and cozy atmosphere in the local cafés and restaurants is capable to replenish the inner spirits of each traveler.
The educational community of the city is represented within each sector, starting from the nurseries and pre-schools up to the strong vocational training and regional universities. Recent years marked unprecedented municipal investments in the education development and quality thus achieving the competitiveness of Liepāja educational establishments on the regional level.
Providing vast spectrum of graduated young specialists, is comes naturally that Liepāja is also the most industrial city of Latvia. Historically its strongest points are metal processing, textile production, construction materials production, food industry, ship construction, cargo transfer and transshipment, as well as other sectors.
Major tasks ahead include the re-establishment of the SPA and health tourism industry in Liepāja and the persistent measures are taken in order to bring back to life once very popular SPA tourism destination.