Sports and Recreation

Category: Balvi municipality
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:11

Sports and healthy lifestyle are preconditions for wellbeing, achievements at work and studies, therefore Balvi district offers several recreation options.

img 002For already seven years Swimming Pool of Balvi Sports School (with four sections in the area of 25x10 metres) is available. Not only swimming activities are available in the pool, but also a hydro massage pool for children, a SPA hydro massage pool for adults, a cascade, a sauna, a sports gym and a salt room are available.

Balvi Sports Centre is the initiator of various sports events in Balvi. Sports Centre takes care of recreational activities and promotion of healthy lifestyle, as well as organisation of sports events in Balvi district. Every resident has the opportunity of taking part in sports activities, he or she just has to choose the most appropriate one.

img 008Residents of Balvi district engage in orienteering sports. During the summer season very popular becomes beach volleyball. The public and facilitated beach volleyball area next to Balvi Lake provides the opportunity to engage in this sport at any time. International tournaments and local level championships take place also in basketball sports.

img 003In 2015 in cooperation with Latvian Football Federation football field was renovated next to Balvi State Gymnasium, providing the opportunity to organise large-scale sports events of Latvian level.

Balvi Lake is a significant location for the organisation of various Latvian championship stages. During the winter period, usually in January, Latvia Ice Fishing Championship is taking place on Balvi Lake, when the best fishing enthusiasts meet. Right in the middle of summer – in July Latvia Water Jet Championship is organized, that unites not only many participants, but also viewers.

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Want to learn how to ride a wakeboard or learn new tricks? Come to Wake Park Balvi. During the summer season also popular is going on a ride with rented catamarans in Balvi Lake.

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img 007During the warm period of the year it is possible to go on a ride in Balvi Lake, and to view the city, while on the board of raft “Vilnītis”, that can carry up to 15 persons.

img 005Horse Ranch “Kapulejas” offers horse riding and going on a ride in horse-drawn carriage or sleigh. At this horse ranch also competitions in horse-drawn carriage riding are organised.

At Horse Ranch “Volāni” it is possible to visit ponies, horses and domesticated wild horses. Here one has a chance to go on a pony or horse ride, or ride in the carriage. It is possible to arrange riding with ponies for children’s events. The farm gladly welcomes those interested, who are willing to learn horse riding or carriage riding skills.

img 001Recreation area with a volleyball court, a swimming area and an amphitheatre with a stage is available and can be enjoyed at Recreation Zone “Azote”. A flower labyrinth and a sauna for up to 15 persons is also available here.

img 004Village “Ičas apmetne” is located in Balvi district Bērzpils civil parish. Residents of Village “Iča apmetne” offer a trip back in history, also master classes in weaving and bread baking are available, as well as the opportunity to visit Bērži St. Anna Roman Catholic Church. In the end of the visit you can relax at the bank of the River Iča, boil fish soup and listen to stories about the ancient dwellings. Also opportunity to go on a boat ride down the River Iča and spending the night sleeping in the hay is possible at the house next to the River Iča.

Guest House “Paradīzes” is appropriate for recreation in open air. Fishing in the ponds, shooting-ground and sports fields, playground and trampoline for children. All of that is available within a few minutes ride from Balvi.

Enjoy great relaxation in the peaceful atmosphere of countryside at Guest House “Svīres”. Fishing and fish smoke-drying at Guest House “Svīres” – catch fish yourself at any of the 5 ponds and the hosts will prepare you hot smoked trout, smoke-dried carp or will boil fish soup on a fireplace.

img 012At Farmstead “Bilgas” the hosts offer to see the holiday house and to have a rest in it. In the house host's hunting trophies and ancient tools are displayed, and here you can get acquainted to aromatic herbal teas and taste them, as well as regain strength in the traditional countryside sauna. Here also recreation area with a garden fireplace in open air is available.

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