In west Kurzeme, near Alsunga, Gudenieki and Jūrkalne, there is one of the most special provinces not only in Latvia, but in the whole world. It is the suitu province, and it stands out because of its ethnographic uniqueness.
The suitu province is a unique phenomenon of Latvian Culture – it is a Catholic island surrounded by Lutheran provinces. In this territory, because of the large influence of the Catholic Church and due to the interaction of Latvian, Livonian, Polish and German cultures, an unusual cultural environment and identity have formed. Thus, it is not surprising that in 2009 the suitu cultural environment was added into the UNESCO Intangible Culturae Heritage list.
The suitu province is very diverse. Everyone can find something interesting to them. Not only is the beautiful nature in the suitu province, it also has a rich history and a layer of traditional culture. Many things forgotten elsewhere are alive and well here, like, for example, the wedding and funeral traditions. Since 2004 Alsunga has hosted three international drone (bourdon) festivals with musicians performing in this notation-complex style from France, Georgia, Hungary, and Estonia.
The most significant locations in the suitu province are picturesque Alsunga with the historic Livonian Order Castle, Catholic Church and ancient kuršu hill fort. Then there is Jūrkalne with its most impressive steep and abrupt Baltic Sea shoreline and popular tourist spots by the sea.