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Jūrmala is the only official resort in Latvia. It is also only 15km from Riga International Airport and 25km from the capital of Latvia, Riga. The resort of Jūrmala is well known for its natural resources, its mild climate, the sea, its healthy air, and the curative mud and mineral waters. It fascinates with its white sandy beach that is almost 26km long and its spacious pine forests with modern recreation and resort options. There are a lot of activities in each of the four seasons and at any time of the year for every visitor to the city, such as art exhibitions, local and international concerts, and many other events.
Ten reasons to visit Jūrmala
- It’s an ideal location, just 10km from the airport and 25km from the centre of Riga
- The unique climate of this European resort makes it ideal for spa treatments thanks to its natural curative resources and a wide range of application for them in the resort’s treatment procedures
- The 26km-long sandy beach, which is ready for everyone, including persons with disabilities
- The greenest resort in Latvia; 64% of Jūrmala is taken up by natural areas and 34% is covered in forest
- It is the only city in Latvia that has a Healthy City status
- One third of Latvia’s Blue Flag bathing stretches are located in Jūrmala
- It has one of the largest historical wooden architecture heritage items in Latvia (which totals 103 architectural monuments that are of national significance and 295 which are of local significance)
- It has the most popular summer concert hall in Latvia, the Dzintari Concert Hall
- ‘Līvu akvaparks’ is the largest water amusement park in Northern Europe, and is located in Jūrmala
- One third of Latvia’s tennis courts are located in Jūrmala
- The ‘Bruņurupucis’ sculpture (‘The Turtle’). Sculptor, J Bārda (1995). The sculpture symbolises the lifespan. The detective serial, ‘Dubultslazds’ (‘Double Trap’) which was directed by Aloizs Brencis was shot in 1985 on Majori Beach.
- The E Rācene Bath House. This was built between 1911 and 1916 and was owned by E Rācene. All year round it offered different baths; from heated sea water, to carbonic acid, oxygen, and fir balsam baths. During the Soviet era, it served as the resort’s health centre, one of the best-facilitated medical treatment institutions in Jūrmala.
- The ‘Inner Light’ Picture Theatre. This art gallery houses an interesting and original exhibition of pictures that are made using a unique technique (a fluorescent painting effect). The pictures start to glitter under special light, exposing a new picture to the viewer, one which was hidden under the first work.
- Jūrmala City Museum. This also has a café and souvenir shop, as well as several exhibition halls in the museum building. Since the summer of 2012, a permanent exposition entitled ‘The History of Riga Beach and Ķemeri Resorts’ has been displayed in the museum. From September 2012, an exhibition entitled ‘The Fashion of the Resort’ has also been on display. The museum’s exhibits of clothing, swimwear, accessories, photography, and fashion magazine collections reveal the virtues, traditions and fashion whims of resort life from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s.
- Dzintari Concert Hall. This is one of the most significant cultural monuments and offers a wide range of cultural programmes that are performed by artists both local and guests. In 1936, the formerly closed concert hall was opened, offering 690 seats in the new Dzintari Concert Garden. The designer behind the project was Viktors Mellenbergs. In 1960, a summer concert hall with 2,000 seats was built. The metal design together with the wooden cladding provides perfect acoustics. In 1961, a film entitled ‘Kārkli pelēkie zied’ (‘Gray Osier is Blooming’) was directed by Gunārs Piesis and was shot near Dzintari Concert Hall and Dzintari Railway Station.
- The Great Ķemeri Heath Trail. This is the most famous tourist attraction in the Ķemeri National Park (ĶNP), and allows visitors to find out more about the high-type swamp and its inhabitants. After a serious level of refurbishment, the Great Ķemeri Heath Trail has been reopened for visitors, offering a fabulous walk along the wooden pathway through the intact high-type swamp. The pathway will take you to the kingdom of moss, swamp pine trees, pools in a marsh, and dark lakes, and will tease you with a marsh tea scent.
How to get there
- From Riga Central Terminal: by train or minibus. If you want to visit the centre of Jūrmala, buy a ticket to Majori Station in the city centre (it takes a 33 minute journey by train to Majori Station and will cost approximately 1.40 EUR).
- From Riga Airport by taxi (approx. 15 minutes, costing approximately 14.00 EUR).
- From Riga Passenger Port by taxi or by ordering a transfer in a resort hotel (approx. 25 minutes, at approx. 18.00 EUR).