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About 8 km (5 miles) north of Aglona stands Aglona Basilica, Latvia's premier pilgrimage site. The basilica is the country's most important Roman Catholic shrine. it was built in 1699 and after the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1993, a huge courtyard was created around it.

There are several hotels and restaurants in Aglona. The town is in the western part of Latvia's Latgale Upland. The best way to get around in the area is by car or bicycle. There are numerous lakes and rivers in the area, which can be explored by canoe. Aglona is 200 km southeast of Riga, on the main Daugavpils-Rezekne road. There are several buses between Daugavpils and Aglona every day.


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