Along the historical trails

The route "Along the Historical Trails" provides an opportunity to look into history of Salacgriva town. The route will lead through the town, starting from Riga Street, which has always played an important role in the social and cultural life of the town and across the Salaca River, where you will see the Salaca promenade and  famous people's handprints in the "Alley of Fame" and Salacgriva symbol - the lighthouse. The route will continue to the Salaca castle mound and up to the 1st lamprey weir.

Download (on the left) the route guide, which will give you a small insight into each place and object on the route.

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#1 Riga Street

Riga Street is the only paved street in Salacgriva and has always played an important role in the social and cultural life of the county and town.

It was home to all buildings of public importance. Beginning with the bridge and the shop and then the city administration building. The houses of Riga Street and their fates mark a vivid page in the history of Salacgriva.

#2 Society boat

A fishing boat can be seen at Rigas Street 10, Salacgriva. In November of 2006 it was donated to Salacgriva town by fisherman Visvaldis Šrenks. 


#3 Ceramic sculpture Ferryman

In honour of the 80th anniversary of Salacgriva, a fire sculpture was built and burnt, which then delights Salacgriva residents and tourists as an element of amenity. Its author is the artist Imants Klīdzējs.


#4 Salacgriva lighthouse

The lighthouse of Salacgrīva is located on the right bank of the river Salaca - it is a quadrangular white tower with a red lantern and it was built in 1925. Today the lighthouse does not operate anymore - following this lighthose, all fishermen have already found their way home and the story has ended happily. The lighthouse was built, because due to the numerous sandbanks the coast between Salacgrīva and Ainaži was considered to be the most dangerous area for sailing in the whole Gulf of Riga.


#5 Alley of fame

On July 16, 2016, a "alley of fame" was opened on the promenade. The author of the idea is D.Strauberg and the work at it started 7 years ago, when the first artist handprints werw taken during the Positivus festival.


#6 Monument Milda

The memorial is located between Viļņu and Pērnavas street. The memorial was built in 1986.

It is dedicated to seamen who didn’t return from the sea and to Soviet soldiers killed in World War II. It is sculptured as the image of a woman-mother holding a little baby on her shoulders. The memorial was created by the sculptor Leja Novozheneca and architect Janis Petersons.


#7 Lielsalaca Evangelical Lutheran Church

In 1777 it was built as a wooden church and in 1857 it was rebuilt in stone maintaining the roof of the old church, the walls were built anew under the old roof. In 1892, a dressing room was added.


#8 The legend of Salaca castle mound

It’s impossible to say how old Salacgrīva really is. The most ancient place is considered the castle mound on the right bank of Salaca river.


#9 The lamprey weir

It’s best to taste the lamprey in Salacgrīva from August untill February, where your host will cook it for you on a hot coal. Only in Salacgrīva novadays the weir is used – a traditional and unique way of fishing that reaches hundreds of years back...