WELCOME TO LIEPĀJA!
Dear participants, supporters and guests, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to Liepāja – a city with a long history in rally, a place that has hosted some fantastic battles and great triumphs over the years.
Liepāja has a very close and special relationship with rallying, as it was the place where, 50 years ago, the first rally in Latvia was hosted. This year, Liepāja has the honor of hosting an ERC event for the third straight year and I believe that this is no coincidence, but rather a sign of trust from FIA and Eurosport Events. Trust that we value tremendously! The TV broadcasts have given us an opportunity to look at the city from a different angle – having a look at the gilded cathedral dome from a birds-eye view or seeing thousands of fishermen on the canal ice from above is a great sight to behold.
Hosting a winter rally has become a tradition in Liepāja, and is something that is eagerly awaited by the local rally enthusiasts and fans from all around the country because of the opportunity to see the best European drivers racing on the Kurzeme region roads. As an experienced driver and the participant of many rallies, I can definitely say that the event is awaited by the competitors as well, because racing on such snowy rural roads with tight corners and jumps like we have in Kurzeme is not possible in any other event in Europe.
Liepāja is a breathtaking and very varied place. I sincerely hope that this event will bring everyone a lot of thrills and surprises!
Liepāja City Council chairman,
Liepāja is one of the Latvian tourism centers on the coast of the Baltic sea.
If you are looking for a great destination, choose Liepāja. There you will find the largest Baltic beach with the whitest and smoothest sand on the planet.
You will also be able to find the longest amber necklace, the world’s largest mechanical organ, characters of the Liepāja anthem, rose square and be able to have a nice meal in one of the many cozy cafes around the city.
Liepāja is accessible to everyone! Come to the city to have fun, rest, take part in sports events or enjoy the arts and culture!
FACTS AND FIGURES
Town Rights: 1625
Area: 60,4 km2
Population: 73 469 (2012)
Coordinates: 56° 30′ 42″ N, 21° 0′ 50″ E