Farms and farmsteads, beekeepers and gardens – meet active people and see beautiful countryside in Saldus municipality!
Solveiga Dzene’s Decorative Garden
Solveiga Dzene’s decorative garden is located by Lake Ciecere in Brocēni town. Solveiga is a professional landscape gardener and can give advice about how to choose plants and the principles of garden design.
When visiting beekeeper Jānis Vainovskis in Blīdene parish, you will learn a lot about bees and honey. In the summer, you can take a tour in the apiary dressed in a beekeeping suit, try uncapping honeycomb and extracting honey; in winter – participate in a creative workshop and make beeswax candles or sweets. Visitors can also taste various types of honey, pollen and bee bread. Families and tourist groups are welcome, and a picnic area is available.
Petting Zoo “Silavas”
At the petting zoo “Silavas” visitors can interact with many different animals – donkeys, llamas, a horse, a pony, African ostriches, nutrias, chinchillas, rabbits, decorative birds, sheep, and goats. You can also feed the animals with food supplied by the zoo, which makes the visit even more exciting. There is a nice picnic area by a pond and a children’s playground – included in the price for groups of at least 10 people.
The farm offers exciting, informative and educational stories about ostriches and pheasants, as well as the opportunity to see them. It is also possible to visit the cinema-photo history collection. The farm is also engaged in dairy, fruit and grain farming.
Farmstead “Kalna ģēģeri”
Several generations of the Apriķi family have been owners of this farm. Visitors can see domestic animals typical for Latvia and enjoy peaceful walks in the near forest and fields, take part in hay harvesting, make beeswax candles, bake bread, taste typical countryside food and spend the night in a tent.
Visitors can see many different animals and birds at the farmstead – nutrias, Vietnamese pigs, rabbits, alpacas, a pony, peacocks, pheasants, pigeons, chickens and many more. There is a place for a picnic with a campfire site and a gazebo.
Peony Garden at “Lapenieki”
Sandra Medne has created an impressive peony garden at the farmsted “Lapenieki”. Currently, over 100 varieties of peonies grow in her garden. In early summer, visitors can see the beautiful collection in full bloom. If booked in advance, tourist groups can enjoy delicious soup cooked by the hostess.
Lavender Farm “Lillas Lavender”
In July, you have the opportunity to see a beautiful lavender field, to relax, inhale the scent of lavender and capture the beautiful moments of lavender in photos, learn about the history, cultivation, harvesting, oil distillation and practical use of lavender and its essential oil.
Guided tour at the farm “Brūzilu Liellops” (“Brūzilu Cattle”)
The farm “Brūzilu Cattle” unites 2 farms – a dairy cattle farm and a beef cattle farm. The tour round the farms gives an idea of how livestock farming is organized – for both dairy and beef cattle. The visitors can be guided to both pasture and livestock housing. Beef meat products (steak, minced meat etc.) are also available on site.
Nature Reserve Sātiņi Ponds and Sātiņi Fishery
The territory of Sātiņi ponds nature reserve area with its 30 artificial ponds is located approximately 8 km to the south-west of Saldus. The ponds attract many bird species during nesting and migration season. A 9.8 m high bird watching tower is located near one of the ponds.
Part of the territory is managed by Sātiņi fishery.
At the Farmstead “Strauti”, visitors can see a wide variety of poultry and domestic animals: sheep, cows, rabbits, a pony, and other inhabitants of the farm. The hostess also kindly shows her garden. “Strauti” is a certified organic farm and it is possible to purchase plants and farm produce as well. Horse riding is offered by prior arrangement.
Country house “Spārni”
The hosts of country house “Spārni” offer tours in their garden, as well as tasting of birch sap, herbal tea with dandelion honey, fruit and berry drinks or special honey beer.
Medicinal Herb Garden “Aronijas 180”
Travellers will have the opportunity to visit the medicinal herb garden of Rita Armulika, the expert on traditional herbs, as well as to taste and purchase various kinds of herbal tea and mixtures of herbs collected by the hostess.