Jurmala - Latvia's Riviera Resort
Jurmala Spa and Tourism Information Centre
Jomas str. 42
Majori, Jurmala LV-2015
Tel. + 371 776 4276 & 776 2167
Fax + 371 776 4672
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It is tempting to claim that Jurmala is unique. It's 30 kilometres of the finest sandy beaches, with safe bathing, warm waters in summer, and elegant residences nestling among scented pine woods certainly make it the Riviera of the Baltic. Add to this numerous spa and curative facilities, a "micro-climate" of it's own, and easy access to Latvia's capital Riga, and you have a very special resort destination. Jurmala is only 25 km from Riga, with excellent road and rail communications, and lies between the winding River Lielupe and the sea. In fact it is so convenient that many visitors prefer to base themselves in the town's pleasant hotels, rather than in the city.
A RESORT OF 15 DELIGHTFUL VILLAGES
You don't realise until you get there that Jurmala actually consists of 15 individual villages, on average two km apart, that were united administratively in 1959. Each has its own character and its own railway stop. There is no massive central downtown area, no high rise blocks, few cars. Instead you have attractive wooden houses of the Edwardian era, pedestrian walks and unrestricted activities, from watersports and fishing to picking mushrooms in the woods. There is a true sense of freedom and unspoilt nature in Jurmala.
Of course the unending beaches are the great attraction in the high season of June to September, when daytime temperatures run between 20 and 30 C and even the shallow inshore waters are around 20 C. The micro climate created by the pine forests keeps the autumn warm for longer too. Only minutes walk from the beaches you'll enjoy chic restaurants, bars and shops, especially along Jomas iela, a pedestrian street between Dubulti and Dzintari. In summer Jurmala is artistically active too. As well as exhibitions and museums, there are concerts, song festivals, events of all sorts; and discos. Artists and musicians from many parts of the world have come here to relax and recover their energies. It's easy to see why. And, of course, the resort is famous for its spa treatments.
Legends attest to the rejuvenating powers of the medicinal waters that spring up here. Sulphur-water baths were first installed in houses in the 18th century and the mineral-rich waters at Kemeri have been exploited by doctors since 1796. Later the curative value of local mud was discovered. Today Kemeri has an exceptionally elegant sanatorium and other sanatoria dot the coast.
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