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'''Jūrmala''' [http://www.jurmala.lv] is a resort town in [[Latvia]]. It claims to have the longest beach in Northern side of Europe.
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'''Jūrmala''' [http://www.jurmala.lv] is a resort town in [[Latvia]]. It claims to have the longest beach on the northern side of Europe.
  
==Get in==
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Jurmala, the pearl of Latvia, is the largest resort town in the Baltic. No other place has beaches with tens of kilometres of such white, fine sand. Nowhere else do the pines on the dunes murmur so restfully. And the air is full of ozone and sea freshness. Right behind the dunes are the wooden houses so characteristic of Jurmala, with their finely divided window, verandas and rooftop structures. Beside them are contemporary buildings, blending admirably into the landscape.
It is about 40 minuetes from the capital city of Latvia, Riga. You can take a taxi from the airport or train.
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Jurmala is a city on the crest of a wave. A wave of achievement, of hope, of love and success. The waves in the Gulf of Riga, with their white crest, are calm and inviting only in the summer. In the autumn storms, they grow harsh and impose their own rhythm. Just as varied as the sea is life in the different parts of the town along its whole 33 km length, between the Lielupe, one of Latvia's major rivers, and the Gulf of Riga. At the narrowest spot, a distance of only 300 metres separates the river from the sea.
'''By train''' Rīga – Dubulti, Rīga - Sloka, Rīga – Tukums. Departure from the central railway station “Riga” (www.ldz.lv )
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The town has many hotels and guest houses, catering for widest range of tastes. There are pools with seawater and mineral water. Tennis courts and yacht clubs. Jurmala offers diverse cultural, recreation and sporting activities. Favourites are the traditional festivities — The Jomas street Festival, and the Fishermen's Festival, both held in the middle of summer, in July. For unforgetable moments, take a summer ferry trip down the '''River Lielupe'''. The town's history, along with people well known in Latvia and the world, is seen in six museums, including one of Latvia's few open-air museums. By walking the nature trails, you can acquaint yourself at leisure with the outstanding relief, flora and fauna.
  
'''By minibus''' Rīga – Dubulti, Rīga – Sloka, Rīga – Jaunķemeri. Departure from the central minibus station opposite the central railway station “Rīga” (tickets by the driver)
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Jurmala is beautiful and interesting at any season of the year, but most visitors arrive in the summer months, from June to August. The town is gradually developing into a venue for conferences and meetings, where guests arrive throughout the year.
  
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Certainly, every tourist and visitor is welcome, assured of a hospitable reception in Jurmala. Every moment in Jurmala provides energy and joy of life to last a long time, and all who come will long to return again and again.
  
'''By intercity buses.''' From Riga Bus station www.autoosta.lv
 
  
  
'''By taxi''' (Tel. +371 7755577, www.taxi.lv, www.taksi.lv )
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==Get in==
  
Public transport in Jūrmala
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===By plane===
Buses and minibuses (tickets by the driver, www.jurmala.lv )
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The closest airport is located in [[Riga]]. From there, you can take minibus line 241 to Imanta railway station (10 minutes, €0.70), and continue by suburban train to Majori station in central Jurmala (15 minutes, €2).
  
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A direct taxi ride between Jurmala and the airport should cost around €25.
  
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===By train===
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Jūrmala is served by suburban trains on the Riga-Tukums route, leaving approximately every 30 minutes from Riga Central Station (€2, 30 minutes). Jūrmala has several stations, but Majori is the most central.
  
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===By car===
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A fee of €2 is charged for entering the Jūrmala area by car. Entry is monitored with cameras and vehicles entering the area without a valid ticket will be fined €70.
  
'''Entrance tax for Jūrmala'''
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===By boat===
 
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[http://www.tourism.jurmala.lv/page/418&qPage=1 Boat service] is available during the months of May to September from/to [[Jurmala]]. The boats stop in Riga stop near the Stone Bridge (Akmens Tilts), which is right next to the House of Blackheads/Riga Tourist Information Centre, in the old town. The trip costs €15-20 and takes 2.5 hours, which is obviously much slower than train service.
 
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''Tax for private transport entering Jūrmala’s resort area is 1LVL per 24hours. No tax must be paid by tourist buses( if the head of the group is able to present a route plan where Jūrmala is indicated as a place of tourism visit), as well as tourists that have a pass issued by Jūrmala’s places of accommodation.''
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Jurmala – the largest resort city in the Baltic States  is well-known for its natural treasures – the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jurmala hides in its almost 33 km long white sand beach, the large pine forest and the natural border of the city – the river Lielupe. In Jurmala, You will discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings.
 
  
Jurmala is a good place for international conferences and corporate meetings. People come here to recover or strengthen their health enjoying the healing effect of mud bathing and mineral waters.
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The city is characterized by its wood architecture with gingerbread accents, cottage-style buildings, and resorts. Wood architecture is its most outstanding feature. Only Lielupe, Pumpuri, Melluži, Vaivari and Sloka have saved their wood train station buildings. Dzintari '''Concert Hall''' was built on the site of the once-famous Eidenburg amphitheater where the Eidenburg resort was opened in 1897. Now it is the most popular concert venue where international stars often perform.
  
The inhabitants of Jurmala offer new possibilities for tourists every year – hotels and guesthouses, various entertainment. Taste delicious and healthy food in Jurmala's restaurants and cafes, walk along the central promenade of Jomas street, explore the eco-trails in Kemeri National park and Ragakāpa Nature Park, enjoy the water attractions in the biggest aquapark in Northern europe"Līvu Akvaparks" and "Nemo", visit the famous concert hall Dzintari or simply watch the sunset on Jurmala beach! In every season there are plenty of events for everyone – art exibitions, local and international events and concerts.
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The most notable recreation area was '''Horn Gardens''' Horn Gardens was home to the first movie showing in Jūrmala and the first Latvian symphonic music performance. '''Majori Hotel''' was built next to Horn Gardens. Another historical building in Jūrmala is '''Emīlija Rācene's Swimming Facility'''. It was built from 1911 to 1916 and was used as a medical institution. The '''sanatorium Marienbāde''' built in 1870 is located on the border of Dubulti and Majori was once an expansive health and rest centre, but has experienced several fires.
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Jūrmala is also the home to Latvia's only riding therapy center, the '''National Rehabilation Center "Vaivari"'''. Riding was popular pastime in Jūrmala during the late 19th century, and people rode through the streets as well as on the beach. Later, riding on the beach was prohibited. Jūrmala '''Ethnographic Open—Air Museum''', houses examples of life as it once was in the fishing villages along the coast. Characteristic 19th century coastal fishing homestead includes the family home, barn, fish smoke house, sauna and other buildings. A rope—making workshop can be visited as well.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
The beaches in Jurmala are amazing breathtaking views of the bay as well as pine forests along the coastline. It is most famous for the amber production in result of the unique landscape. There are several world renound spas in Jurmala.
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The beaches in Jurmala are amazing, with breathtaking views of the bay as well as pine forests along the coastline. It is most famous for the amber production in result of the unique landscape. There are several world renowned '''spas''' in Jurmala.
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* <do name="Day tours in Latvia" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(+371)28808598" url="http://www.aroundlatvia.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="info@aroundlatvia.com" fax="">Jurmala is just next to Riga and that's why you can always enjoy other places in Latvia with "Around Latvia" tours. They will pick you up from your hotel in Jurmala and take to any tour you like.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
'''Souvenir shops'''
 
  
• ''' Jūrmala Museum souvenir shop'''
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==Eat==
Tirgoņu iela 29, Majori, T. 7764746, III – VII: 10:00 – 17:00
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• '''„Pie Meistara” amber and wool products'''
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==Drink==
Jomas iela 85, Majori, T. 7762153, 10:00 – 18:00
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• '''Souvenir shops'''
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==Sleep==
Jomas iela 46, Majori
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• '''“Trīs”, amber, wooden and ebony'''
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*<sleep name="Nemo Camping" alt="" address="Atbalss 1" directions="100m to the sea" phone="+371 67732350" url="http://www.nemo.lv/en/par_mums.html" checkin="4 pm" checkout="12 am" price="" lat="" long="">Open May - September. Tent, caravan pitches and cottages for rent.</sleep>
Jomas iela 92, Majori, T. 29466281, 11:00 – 18:00
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==Eat==
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*<sleep name="Riga Beach Hostel" alt="" address="50 Dzintaru pr" directions="80m from the beach" phone="+371 28374185" url="http://www.rigabeachhostel.lv" checkin="noon" checkout="noon" price="€9" lat="" long=""></sleep>
  
==Drink==
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*<sleep name="Pegasa Pils Spa Hotel" alt="" address="Juras 60" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Elina Hotel" alt="" address="Lienes iela 43" directions="" phone="29235230" url="www.elinahotel.lv" checkin="anytime" checkout="anytime" price="" lat="25" long="">5 minutes from beach, comfortable, clean, easy access to beach and good restaurant downstairs</sleep>
  
==Sleep==
 
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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If you prefer less crowd and even whiter and softer sandy beach, go to the Western Latvian city [[Liepaja]], which has much more than just a beach, including the former secret military town of Karosta with scenic fortresses on the seashore, as well as a lovely city center and seaside park.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 07:49, 27 April 2014

Jūrmala [1] is a resort town in Latvia. It claims to have the longest beach on the northern side of Europe.

Jurmala, the pearl of Latvia, is the largest resort town in the Baltic. No other place has beaches with tens of kilometres of such white, fine sand. Nowhere else do the pines on the dunes murmur so restfully. And the air is full of ozone and sea freshness. Right behind the dunes are the wooden houses so characteristic of Jurmala, with their finely divided window, verandas and rooftop structures. Beside them are contemporary buildings, blending admirably into the landscape.

Jurmala is a city on the crest of a wave. A wave of achievement, of hope, of love and success. The waves in the Gulf of Riga, with their white crest, are calm and inviting only in the summer. In the autumn storms, they grow harsh and impose their own rhythm. Just as varied as the sea is life in the different parts of the town along its whole 33 km length, between the Lielupe, one of Latvia's major rivers, and the Gulf of Riga. At the narrowest spot, a distance of only 300 metres separates the river from the sea.

The town has many hotels and guest houses, catering for widest range of tastes. There are pools with seawater and mineral water. Tennis courts and yacht clubs. Jurmala offers diverse cultural, recreation and sporting activities. Favourites are the traditional festivities — The Jomas street Festival, and the Fishermen's Festival, both held in the middle of summer, in July. For unforgetable moments, take a summer ferry trip down the River Lielupe. The town's history, along with people well known in Latvia and the world, is seen in six museums, including one of Latvia's few open-air museums. By walking the nature trails, you can acquaint yourself at leisure with the outstanding relief, flora and fauna.

Jurmala is beautiful and interesting at any season of the year, but most visitors arrive in the summer months, from June to August. The town is gradually developing into a venue for conferences and meetings, where guests arrive throughout the year.

Certainly, every tourist and visitor is welcome, assured of a hospitable reception in Jurmala. Every moment in Jurmala provides energy and joy of life to last a long time, and all who come will long to return again and again.


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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is located in Riga. From there, you can take minibus line 241 to Imanta railway station (10 minutes, €0.70), and continue by suburban train to Majori station in central Jurmala (15 minutes, €2).

A direct taxi ride between Jurmala and the airport should cost around €25.

By train[edit]

Jūrmala is served by suburban trains on the Riga-Tukums route, leaving approximately every 30 minutes from Riga Central Station (€2, 30 minutes). Jūrmala has several stations, but Majori is the most central.

By car[edit]

A fee of €2 is charged for entering the Jūrmala area by car. Entry is monitored with cameras and vehicles entering the area without a valid ticket will be fined €70.

By boat[edit]

Boat service is available during the months of May to September from/to Jurmala. The boats stop in Riga stop near the Stone Bridge (Akmens Tilts), which is right next to the House of Blackheads/Riga Tourist Information Centre, in the old town. The trip costs €15-20 and takes 2.5 hours, which is obviously much slower than train service.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

The city is characterized by its wood architecture with gingerbread accents, cottage-style buildings, and resorts. Wood architecture is its most outstanding feature. Only Lielupe, Pumpuri, Melluži, Vaivari and Sloka have saved their wood train station buildings. Dzintari Concert Hall was built on the site of the once-famous Eidenburg amphitheater where the Eidenburg resort was opened in 1897. Now it is the most popular concert venue where international stars often perform.

The most notable recreation area was Horn Gardens Horn Gardens was home to the first movie showing in Jūrmala and the first Latvian symphonic music performance. Majori Hotel was built next to Horn Gardens. Another historical building in Jūrmala is Emīlija Rācene's Swimming Facility. It was built from 1911 to 1916 and was used as a medical institution. The sanatorium Marienbāde built in 1870 is located on the border of Dubulti and Majori was once an expansive health and rest centre, but has experienced several fires.

Jūrmala is also the home to Latvia's only riding therapy center, the National Rehabilation Center "Vaivari". Riding was popular pastime in Jūrmala during the late 19th century, and people rode through the streets as well as on the beach. Later, riding on the beach was prohibited. Jūrmala Ethnographic Open—Air Museum, houses examples of life as it once was in the fishing villages along the coast. Characteristic 19th century coastal fishing homestead includes the family home, barn, fish smoke house, sauna and other buildings. A rope—making workshop can be visited as well.

Do[edit][add listing]

The beaches in Jurmala are amazing, with breathtaking views of the bay as well as pine forests along the coastline. It is most famous for the amber production in result of the unique landscape. There are several world renowned spas in Jurmala.

  • Day tours in Latvia, (+371)28808598 (), [2]. Jurmala is just next to Riga and that's why you can always enjoy other places in Latvia with "Around Latvia" tours. They will pick you up from your hotel in Jurmala and take to any tour you like.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Nemo Camping, Atbalss 1 (100m to the sea), +371 67732350, [3]. checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 12 am. Open May - September. Tent, caravan pitches and cottages for rent.  edit
  • Riga Beach Hostel, 50 Dzintaru pr (80m from the beach), +371 28374185, [4]. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. €9.  edit
  • Pegasa Pils Spa Hotel, Juras 60.  edit
  • Elina Hotel, Lienes iela 43, 29235230, [5]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. 5 minutes from beach, comfortable, clean, easy access to beach and good restaurant downstairs (25,) edit


Get out[edit]

If you prefer less crowd and even whiter and softer sandy beach, go to the Western Latvian city Liepaja, which has much more than just a beach, including the former secret military town of Karosta with scenic fortresses on the seashore, as well as a lovely city center and seaside park.

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