Best trails in Rucava, Courland

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Map of trails in Rucava, Courland
Top trails (4)
#1 - Pape Lake Nature Trail
Pape Nature Park
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Length: 23.2 mi • Est. 9 h 54 m
The trail goes round the Lake Pape. The lake itself is an overgrown lagoon-type lake with a saltwater vegetation. Very shallow, it’s average depth is just 0,5m. The actual lenght visiting all objects of interest along is ~36km. There are lots of mosquitos and gadflies at ome parts of the trail, therefore wear an appropriate clothing and take an anti-insect treatment before going on the trail. Also choose an appropriate, comfy footwear to endure the long distance. It is advisable to visit the wild horses and Taurus cattle pasture, which is one of the most significant objects of interest along the route (4 EUR, tickets available at the information point at the entrance, the guide will come along). A number of other objects of interest are to be seen along the way: a bird watching tower, the bird ambush, Paurupe and Līgupe rivers, beavers’ dwelling, flood-land meadows, holy grove and Ezerskola sacrificial stone, Pape polder meadows, black alder, pine-tree and spruce forests, ornithological station and Pape lighthouse. The trail does not have a direct access to the shore of the lake. Yet, if you wish to, you may come close at some parts, by having a small sidetrack or access the shore together with the guide while visiting the wild horses and Taurus cattle pasture, where quite a surreal lake view opens up.Show more
#2 - Jūrtaka - Baltic Coastal Hiking
Rucava, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 353.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Baltic Coastal Hiking is a long distance hiking route, part of E9, along the coast of the Baltic Sea. The route starts at the Lithuanian-Latvian border in the village of Nida in Latvia and finishes at the Port of Tallinn in Estonia. 580 km are in Latvia, and 620 km in Estonia; the route can be made in both directions and Tallinn can also be a starting point. There are 60 separate hiking stages, but some people combine segments into one day. You can also start in any physically accessible place and go in one direction or the other, there are markers in both directions. Depending on your interests and possibilities, some sections can be covered by public transport, not on foot, or you can make a deal with the owners of accommodation places to arrange personal and luggage transport. To help you get your bearings in nature, there are markings (white – blue – white) on trees, stones and other nature objects and Baltic Coastal Hiking route stickers on road signs, electricity poles, bridge parapets in villages and cities, as well as reference road signs. In places where Baltic Coastal Hiking goes along the beach and continues straight forward for a long distance, it is not marked. Along the shore of the Great Sea (the Kurzeme coast of the Baltic Sea) and the Little Sea (the Kurzeme coast of the Gulf of Riga), large wooden signs are placed in the dunes near populated areas, providing information about the specific populated area, as well as indicating the distance to the closest village in both directions. You will also see info stands. In Latvia, Baltic Coastal Hiking mainly goes along sandy beaches, in some places, rocky beaches, and for short stretches, through coastal meadows. Sandy dune habitats are characteristic to the Latvian coast. There are well-trodden trails and small roads in the seaside forests. In Estonia, the trail goes along the very seashore for around 100 km, mainly between Haapsalu and Tallinn. In other places, crossing the coastline is difficult as it is shaped by numerous capes, peninsulas, wetlands with reeds, floodplains, lagoons and shallow coves, which is why the remaining distance of around 500 km has to be covered via seaside trails, roads and along motor roads. In cities and populated areas, Baltic Coastal Hiking goes along paved walking paths. You can go Baltic Coastal hiking in all 4 seasons. Summer is the tourist season in Latvia and Estonia, when more people come to the sea coast in comparison to other times of the year. As a result, accommodation near the sea can be fully booked some time in advance, and near the biggest cities you may have to wait longer to receive the meal you ordered. In the summer, you can swim, walk through the water barefoot and also wade across the streams and brooks located along the route. Summer can also have longer periods of rain and lower temps (around +13 °C), so it is recommended to check the weather in advance. In fall, you can see more colours when going through the woods, especially in Estonia: leaves are changing and you can find mushrooms, berries and nuts. Birds migrate south. During storms, amber is washed ashore. In this period, some of the accommodation and catering places may be closed. The itinerary can also be completed in winter, but you must keep in mind that most of the services are not available at this time of year. In the case of lasting snow and cold, several sections, for example, the sea coast of Vidzeme, can be covered using skis. Ice formations can be seen on the Pakri peninsula. When starting the hike in spring, the awakening of nature can be observed: the colour green starts to prevail, lilac blossoms spread their scent along the sea coast, and the birds return home. The streams and brooks that you can wade through easily in summer can have a high water level in spring, so you will have to look for the closest bridge. The number of accommodation and catering places offered is still limited. It is recommended that you take some cash (EUR) with you on the trip, as in some places credit cards are not accepted and ATMs are not available. When crossing a country border or when you are near a border, you have to carry identity documents that are valid for travel. When going through stony and rocky sections, you should wear closed shoes, while in places with an overgrown coast, water-resistant shoes will come in handy. Water and wind proof clothing, medical kit, power bank for your phone will be useful. Most accommodation and catering facilities offer Wi-Fi. Cliffs and bluffs consist of unconsolidated sedimentary rocks and landslides and landfalls may occur near them. In times of strong winds, it is not safe to approach places where the bluffs are washed by waves; they should be bypassed. Join the trail whenever you want, take a break whenever you like and return when you feel it is the right time for hiking! More information more
#3 - The Ecological Process Trail
Rucava, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
The ecological process trail introduces travellers to the bottom part of the Papes nature park through five eco-systems: lake, meadow, forest, marsh, dunes. There are several stops on the way - each of them telling about the development of the nature landscape influenced by different nature processes. The nature trail passes the Ķoņu village in the direction of Nida marsh, which is the only marsh in Latvia so close to the Baltic sea and is one of the most valuable marshes in Latvia. There’s a wooden boardwalk that takes you to the viewing platform in the west side of the marsh to observe the area. Moving on, the trail turns to the sea and leads you back to the Pape channel in the village of Pape along the incredibly white sea shore. On your way, visit the fishermen yard ‘’Vītolnieki’’ administered by the Latvian Open-air Musem, the Mikjāņi yard and take a look at the traditional buildings at Ķoņu village, wich is one of the two Latvian fishermen villages that have managed to keep the authenticity of fishermen village construction until nowadays. Show more
#4 - Lake Pape Paddle Route
Pape Nature Park
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Length: 12.9 mi