Gauja National Park – Ligatne: Cliffs and Nature
Those who follow me since the beginning know that I’m not interested in seeing cities and museums. I love nature!
We opened our caravan season on Friday, 4 May by heading to the rural property of our friends’ family near Līgatne (Latvia) in Gauja National Park territory. All the property is suited along the cliff and has a wonderful magical forest!
We spent few days exploring nature around us and visited beautiful Līgatne with many caves. We visited only two: Lustūzis & Anfabrika rocks & cellars. It’s interesting how people decide to carve these beautiful cliffs to make cellars.
We love spending days like this! Next stop my hometown Salacgriva.
Gauja National Park
The Gauja National Park is the largest national park in Latvia, with an area of 917.45 km² running from north-east of Sigulda to south-west of Cēsis along the valley of the Gauja River, from which the park takes its name.
It was established in order to protect slightly disturbed natural areas, promote nature tourism and ensure sustainable development in the area. The national park is characterized by a high biological diversity, rock outcrops and varied terrain shapes, springs, picturesque landscapes and many historical and cultural monuments from different centuries. The major part of the national park and the dominant is the old valley of the Gauja River. The valley is protected and at the same time, it can be used for nature and cultural history tourism, as well as healthy recreation.
In the national park, there are over 500 monuments of history and culture – hillforts, stone castles, churches, manors, water, and windmills, as well as other archeological, architectural and art monuments.
Līgatne – Lustuzis (Cave rock) & Anfabrika rocks and cellars
Ligatne is one of the most beautiful nature corners in the Gauja National Park. The village of Līgatne was built around the paper mill, still extant, on the River Līgatne in the 19th century.
Ligatne has numerous caves in vertical sandstone banks, that were dug as cellars for paper mill workers in tsarist time.