The picturesque Primeval Valley of the River Abava, glorified by many poets and writers is one of the most splendid reģions of Latvija. Already in 20-ies and 30-ies it was nicknamed the „Switzerland of Latvia” As often than you make the step , you`ll feel the conformity of the splendor of nature and the inheritance of history. To preserve this, the Nature Park „ Primeval Valley of River Abava” was founded and the Especially Protected Historical and Continious Cultivated Reserve „Abava Valley”. In 1996 and 1998 the World Foundation of Preservation of Cultural Heritage included Abava Valley in the list of 100 most unique and endangered cultural and historical areas in the world. Its most interesting sights are: the waterfall „Abavas rumba”, the nerve- racking aerial cableway across the river at Svente Mill, wrapped in mystery „Maras kambari” Cave, peculiar waterfalls at the Abave tributares- all attracts the year round tourists, hikers, cyclists and water- tourists not only from Latvia but also from abroad. The Pedvale Open-Air Arts Museum- one of the most interesting and popular object of cultural tourism- is located on the left bank of the River Abava, close to Sabile town. Precisely in the heart of Kurzeme, in the deepest and the most beautiful part of valey lies the romantic Sabile Town, a locality glorified by tourists. Sabile is located on the terrace of the River of Abava,and, standing at the highest rim of the terrace, Sabile is seen with all its different roofs. In history source was mentioned in 1253 for first time, but long before this date a well fortified Cours` castle was there.Since the 15 th century Sabile developed as a rulal town of craftsmen and marketers. Here is the famous „Vina Kalns”- approximately 1ha of vineyard, registered in the Guinnes World Record Book as the most boreal vineyard in the world. Sabile was the only town among towns of Kurzeme with its vineyard and wine.
Protection category: nature park, were the nature protection area Čužu swamp is included. The place of Natura 2000
Territoty is under protection since 1957. Cultural territory ‘’Abava Valley’’ was founded in 1996. It is located in Talsi region Sabile district and Gibuļi district, as well as in Tukums, Ventspils and Kuldīga region.
Area: 14933 ha
Administration: Nature Protection Department.
57°0'41.692"N 22°37'58.318"E / 57.011581 22.632866
- Abava rapids
- Māras kambari (caves)
- Wine Tasting "Drubazas"
- Sabiles Pre-Christian Cemetery
- Sabile Hillfort
- Sabile Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum
- Art Garden "Nekurienes vidū”
- Ancient adornment and signs by Harijs Jaunzems
- Workshop „Cimdiņi” by Ina Valtere
- Family Winery "Abavas"