Jurmala, Latvia
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Hovering on the calming, blue waters the Gulf of Riga and with glistening, sandy beaches, the Latvian city of Jurmala has been a popular summer getaway for centuries. Set against thick alpine forest, the Jurmala coastline is one long strip of green forests, yellow sands, and blue seas that snake up Latvia’s eastern coast for over 30 kilometres. Famous for its art-nouveau styled wooden houses and quaint atmosphere, Jurmala is a scintillating alternative for a relaxing break. 

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Jurmala has long been famous as a spa resort and there are a multitude of health centres offering authentic Latvian treatments. Unblock your sinuses in the salt rooms, purify your skin with a relaxing mud bath, or take a relaxing bathe in the heated pools to loosen your joints and release tension. The Jurmala sea front is the city’s main draw, with over 30 jaw-dropping kilometres of pristine coast to savour. Head to Jurmala Beach to play with the children in the many shallow pools dotted along the shore, or venture into the deeper waters further out for a swim in the warm and gentle sea. Lay back on the sands and catch the glow of the beaming sunshine, a cool drink in hand to slowly sip the thirst away. The Dzintari Forest Park is also a great retreat, with its wide-open, lush green spaces that plunge you into a state of pure reflection and calm. With the charming city centre and the café laden riverside to while the afternoons away, you will leave feeling completely recharged and yearning to return.

Hotels in Jurmala

From classy, 5-star Jurmala hotels to the more family-friendly and affordable, there is a wide range of choice available depending on your requirements. Share a romantic gourmet meal at one of the luxury hotels in Jurmala, and release the pressure with an afternoon of reinvigorating spa treatments. There are also an assortment of mid-range hotels that welcome families, mostly available with satellite TV, expansive views, and swimming pools. Jurmala is also starting to grow in popularity with backpackers, with a recently opened hostel in the heart of the city as well as a variety of cheaper hotels all available.

Where to stay

The majority of Jurmala hotels are clustered in the city centre close to the banks of the Lielupe River and along Jurmala Beach. This will leave you close to the best restaurants, cafes, and bars, all serving treats including Latvian breads, cakes and seafood fresh from the Gulf of Riga. Seafood is a local speciality, so treat yourself with some local caviar and freshly baked bread for the most opulent beach picnic you’ll ever have. The clubs on Jomas Street are also the best in the city, meaning you can meander back to your hotel after a night exploring the laid-back local bars and pubs.

How to get to Jurmala

Flights to Riga National Airport are available from most European cities. Jurmala is around 30 kilometres from Riga, so you can catch a direct train from Riga Central Station or alternatively catch a cab straight from the airport. Bike hire in Jurmala is available, and is an ideal way to travel between the various beaches and nature trails in ease and comfort.

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