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The Baltic Sea coast
Life in Latvia has been connected to the Baltic Sea for ages. Latvia has 500 kilometres of beach along the Baltic Sea, modern port cities, fantastic resort cities, old fishing villages, quiet, secluded and even unruly pockets of nature and diverse relaxation options. It's all there at the Latvian seaside.
Over one third of the 1 836 kilometre-long total Latvian border runs along the Baltic Sea. Locals tend to refer to it as two separate “seas” – what is called the Dižjūra (or Great Sea), which is the open coast along the Baltic Sea in western Kurzeme, and the Mazjūra (or Little Sea), which is the Gulf of Riga. The two bodies meet at Cape Kolka, where tourists flock to watch the crashing waves that have always proved dangerous for sailors.
The Baltic Sea coast is very diverse and multi-faceted. Starting with the wild western Kurzeme beach (which is almost untouched by civilisation because it was a closed-off territory during the Soviet regime and which was left with a considerable military history) and ending with one of the most popular and most modern Baltic resort town – the tourist-favoured city of Jūrmala.
And everything in between – the ancient Liv villages, the 16-metre high dunes at Jūrkalnē, the little fishermen harbours on the coast of the Gulf of Riga, the wide sandy beaches of Jūrmala, Vecāķi and Saulkrasti, the unusual pebble beaches or Kaltene and Tūja, the Veczemu Cliffs near Salacgrīva, the unique Randas Meadows near Ainaži and the non-freezing, modern ports in Ventspils and Liepāja.
The Latvian seaside will leave everyone with unforgettable memories. The seaside has something for everyone: for those who want to completely relax and soak up the rays on the sun drenched beach, for extreme sailing fans who like the rush of wind as they manoeuvre through the choppy sea, and even for backwoods nature enthusiasts, cultural-history lovers and nature lovers – bird watchers and flora and fauna experts –for those interested in the military history and for those interested in culinary tourism and who enjoy fresh and organically prepared sea food.