Welcome to Liepāja!
Liepāja is a city that is proud of its long-standing motorsports traditions, which started back in 1965. Today we can be proud that for a second year in a row we will host a round of the FIA European Rally Championship.
It will be a great challenge for Liepāja to welcome European level competitors and supporters. At the same time it will be an invaluable gain, allowing the city to strengthen its place in the rally calendar. In turn, this will ensure the recognition of Liepāja as a city that welcomes entrants with challenging roads and spectators with exciting competition.
Our previous experience shows that Liepāja knows how to organize a world-class rally festivity both for participants and for spectators. Thus, I hope that the FIA European Rally Championship event Rally Liepāja will become yet another step closer to bringing to city an event of a world-class scale. It is another step closer for Liepāja to become a rally capital like Jyvaskyla in Finland that during the 1000 Lakes Rally becomes a Mecca welcoming rally competitors and spectators from all over the world.
I am confident that the rally around Liepāja will be challenging and exciting enough to motivate each and every participant to put their best skills in use for evaluation by both the rivals and the spectators.
The Chairman of the Liepāja City Council,
Facts and Figures
Town Rights: 1625
Area: 60,4 km2
Population: 73 469 (2012)
Coordinates: 56° 30′ 42″ N, 21° 0′ 50″ E
The charm of Liepāja is concealed in its special atmosphere. Perhaps a bit restrained and harsh, yet also noble and rebellious. Sometimes calm, sometimes swirling – like the sea washing the shores of Liepāja. Genuine and truthful - this is Liepāja.
Liepāja has grown from a small fishermen village into the third largest city in Latvia with the population of 78 000 people. Liepāja has rich cultural and sports traditions. City's intense cultural pulse attracts thirsty for high quality culture, creativity and entertainment. The sea and bounties of nature attract leisurely travellers. As the most successful industrial city in the country, Liepāja also tends to attract business tourists.