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 the best way is going by foot or bycicle. At the end of 2007 the new route connecting Valka and Valga will be openned.
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 brings foreigners to the town.
- 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 where one can get by train to Estonian capital Tallinn, but 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.