DESTINATION: ABAVA RIVER VALLEY
The Ancient Abava River Valley – vineyards and small towns
The Ancient Abava River Valley is up to 2 km wide and 30–40 meters deep. Melting glacier waters created it, and the location is full of gorgeous landscapes. The Abava River winds its way through forests and past ancient towns and rural villages delighting visitors with natural flower meadows that are particularly beautiful during the summer, refreshing small waterfalls, secretive caves and several castle hills. Livestock adapted to life in the wild can be found here too.
The valley is host to the only vineyards in Latvia and in the town of Sabile which nestles deep in the river valley, ciders and wines produced nearby can be sampled and purchased. A little upriver the small town of Kandava has a stone bridge river crossing as its symbol while further still, in Pūre, there is a chocolate factory offering tours and tastings.