Welcome to Eastern Latvia
Latvia is a maritime nation, but what do you find if you venture deep inland? More water! Latvia southeast, known as Latgale, is dissected by the mighty Dauagava and dotted with scenic lakes hiding in the depths of a thick pristine forest. If staying in a log cabin with no cars and people in sight is your kind of a holiday dream, then this is the place to go. German knights failed to capture Latgale at the dawn of Latvia's history, which sent the region along a rather different historical path than the rest of the country. Russian, Polish and Jewish influences are felt much stronger here, while local ethnic Latvians speak a distinct dialect, which many believe should be branded a separate language. As EU money pours in, Latgale's two main cities, Daugavpils and Rēzekne, are slowly shedding their grey Soviet clothes and putting on a modern cosmopolitan outfit.