New 120 km bike trail follows meanders of River Daugava in Latvia's east

On June 2 a major cycling trail stretching for some 120 kilometers on both banks of River Daugava was unveiled in eastern Latvia, reported Latvian Radio.

It's built as close as possible to the meanders of the River of Fate, as Latvians call it, and offers some of Latvia's most stunning views across Daugavpils and Kārslava municipality. 

"In Daugavpils city, the route leads through the Daugavpils Fortress, then on to the Stropi recreational track and the Stropi beach," said Ilona Maksimčika, an employee at the municipal office of tourism. 

The route then enters the Daugavas loki nature park, past the scenic Vasargelišķi watchtower. 

Entering Krāslava municipality, cyclists will be able to see ethnographic points of interest and also visit guesthouses and stores. The Krāslava town, known for its wooden architecture, crafts and culinary heritage, is also a sight to behold. 

Across River Daugava, the track continues in a very secluded area, allowing hours-long cycling without a soul to see. There are three observation towers across the trail. 

For more information about the route, visit Daugavpils' official tourism bulletin

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