Valka is a town in northern Latvia. The town lies 160 km from Riga on the border with Estonia. Valka and the Estonian town of Valga are actually one town, divided by Estonian/Latvian border. The border was marked out in 1920 by an international jury headed by British Colonel Tallents. After the expansion of Schengen Agreement to Latvia and Estonia in 2007 all the border crossing-points and fences were removed.
With approximately 6200 people it is one of the smallest cities in Latvia.
The train from Valga and bus connects Valka to Riga several times a day.
There are buses serving the town but actually the best way is going by foot or bicycle. At the end of 2007 the new route running through Valka and Valga was opened.
There is nothing much to do in Valka at the moment, however, it's a must to visit the Estonian side once you are here. As the local goverment is consistently trying to develop their town, the new International Studies Centre of University of Latvia will be located in Valka with the aim to attract foreigners. Still a lot of work must be done to make Valka interesting for tourists.
- Guest house "Otra elpa", 12 Zvaigznu Street - Guest house "Jumis", 10 Rigas Street
The area code for the town is 47. The local public library has a public internet access (address - 22 Rigas Street)
Valka is the only place in Latvia where one can get by train to Estonian capital Tallinn, you just have to cross the border to get to the Estonian side of the town.