Valka is a town in Latvia. It is the capital of Valka district. The town lies 164 km from Riga on the border with Estonia. Valka and the Estonian town Valga are twins, separated by the Estonian/Latvian border. The border was marked out in 1920 by an international jury headed by British Colonel Tallents. Before it was one town. With ~6500 people it is one of the smallest district centres in Latvia.
There are busses serving the town but actually town is so small that the best way is going by foot or bycicle. At the end of 2007 the new route connecting Valka and Valga will be openned.
- Valka Local History Museum - St. Catherine’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valka, Viewing Tower - Culture Park with an Open-Air Stage and the Sculpture “The Kokle Player” - Orthodox Church - The building of former Valka railway station
There is nothing much to do in Valka at the moment, however, it's a must to visit the Estonian side of the town once you are here. Nevertheless the town council is being consistent to develop their town. The new International Studies Centre of University of Latvia will be located in Valka which must bring foreigner to the town.
- Bistro "Elvi", 54 Ausekla Street - Otra elpa, 12 Zvaigznu Street - Rits, 5 Rigas Street
- Guest house "Otra elpa", 12 Zvaigznu 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 very you can get by train to Estonian capital Tallinn, only you have to cross the border to get to Estonian side of the town.
The town of Smiltene in Valka district is worth a visit.