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The Baltic Sea coast

The shores of the Baltic Sea in Latvia are 500 km long. The Kurzeme coast is washed by mighty waves from the open sea that, up north at Cape Kolka, meet the calmer waters of the Gulf of Riga, where the most popular stretches are the white sandy beaches at Riga and Jurmala, and the rocky beaches of Vidzeme.

Latvia’s lengthy coastline never ceases to surprise with its dunes, steep cliffs, sandstone outcrops, impressive rocks and caverns.

The coastline owes much of its charm to the fishing villages, the multiple areas untouched by civilisation, imposing port cities, and the popular resort city of Jurmala.

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Beaches in Riga and Jurmala

Jūrmala is the largest resort town in the Baltic States; it has a long history as a resort town. It is situated 25 kilometres from the...
Cape Kolka where two sea streams break each other.
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The Seashores of Kurzeme

The coastline of the Baltic Sea in western Latvia was  once the heavily-guarded western border of the USSR . To this day, Kurzeme shores...
Sandstone bluffs in Northern Latvia near Salacgriva.
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Vidzeme Shoreline

The shoreline of Vidzeme is characterised by tall sand dunes and sandstone outcrops, as well as rocky beaches and the precious randu or...
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Fishing Villages

Latvia’s fishing villages are architecturally unusual and they possess an exciting cultural environment – some are almost abandoned and...
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