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Saldus Municipality

Saldus municipality is located in the south-western part of Latvia, bordering Lithuania in the south.

Saldus municipality consists of two towns – Saldus and Brocēni – and 19 parishes – Blīdene, Ciecere, Ezere, Gaiķi, Jaunauce, Jaunlutriņi, Kursīši, Lutriņi, Nīgrande, Novadnieki, Pampāļi, Remte, Ruba, Saldus, Šķēde, Vadakste, Zaņa, Zirņi un Zvārde.

The total area of the municipality is 2179.9 km2, and the population is 29.6 thousand (Data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia on 1 January 2021).

The centre of the municipality is Saldus town, which is connected to Riga, the capital of Latvia, by the main road A9 (Riga-Liepāja). The distance to Riga is approximately 120 km, to Liepāja – 100 km, to Ventspils – 110 km.

Saldus municipality is crossed by the largest river in Kurzeme – Venta. It enters the territory of Latvia in Ezere parish, crosses Nīgrande un Zaņa parishes and then continues to Skrunda municipality. The Ciecere river, which starts from Lake Ciecere, flows through Saldus town. The Ciecere river crosses the territories of Novadnieki, Lutriņi un Zirņi parishes.

The most significant bodies of water in Saldus municipality are Lake Saldus, Lake Ciecere, Lake Odzēnu, Lake Ķerkliņu and Lake Svētaiņu, Sātiņi ponds, the water reservoirs Pakuļi, Kanavišķi and Vadakste, and the mill ponds in Zaņa and Ezere.

The most popular tourist attractions in Saldus municipality are the Janis Rozentāls’ Saldus History and Art Museum, Oskars Kalpaks’ Memorial Site and Museum “Airītes”, Saldus Food Factory (Saldus Pārtikas Kombināts), the Kapellers’ House, the  Jaunauce manor, Bakery “Saldus maiznieks”, railway station “Airīte”, Kalni Culture Centre, the Vadakste manor, and the customs house „Muitas nams” in Ezere.

Saldus Tourist Information Centre is located at 3 Striķu Street (Striķu iela), in Saldus. Telephone number: +371 63807443.

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