Jurmala is the largest seaside resort in the Baltic countries with a long history. The resort town is located 25 km from the capital of Riga and 15 km from Riga International Airport. Jurmala is proud of its unique natural resources, healing mineral waters and peat mud, pine forests, a favorable climate for the health of coastal, dunes and beach, stretching for 32.8 miles. The beach is covered with white quartz sand beaches of Maiori and develops Jaunkemeri Blue Flag - a sign of quality, safety and livability. The area is also adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. This is a great place for family holidays. In Jurmala spa facilities and spa centers offer a variety of treatments and care for them. Jurmala is proud of its unique wooden architecture, which is already in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, a prominent feature in the urban environment. Classicism, Art Nouveau, National Romanticism and functionalism harmoniously coexist here. The list of landmarks includes 414 buildings, historic buildings generate more than 4,000 buildings. Jurmala offers the opportunity to relax in one of the largest water park in the Nordic countries - the water park "Livu", in which are more than 45 rides for children and adults. The Waterpark "Livu" is glad to visitors all year round seven days a week. Jurmala is the city inviting you again and again. There are many museums and galleries. In the town, the concert hall "Dzintari", hosts international concerts. Jurmala is the largest resort in the Baltic region.
The resort of Jurmala is a unique mix of three recreation - sea, forest and cultural. It is a place for those who are attracted by the mild climate, salubrious sea air, the combination of advanced medical and recreational facilities and opportunities for restoring health and entertainment. This is not so noisy and crowded, but during the season it is a lively, funny and comfortable resort. The most famous and popular locations are Lielupe, Asari, Bulduri, Maiori, Dubulti Dzintari Kemeri. Each village has a peculiarity: Maiori is a pedestrian street, Joma is full of cafes, restaurants and shops, Dzintari is famous for its concert hall. Lielupe is a large sports center with a yacht club and tennis courts, there is the largest water park in Latvia. Melluzi and Asari are designed more for a peaceful and quiet holiday in Vaivari is a water amusement park, and Kemeri and Jaunkemeri are known as medical spa centers with sulfur springs and mud baths. Ķemeri National Park offers walks through the special nature trails that you can explore on your own or with a guide: the path to Kemeri peat, Black alder wood, Sloka Lake and Kanierskomu towns, rich in flora and fauna. Information center of the park also hosts themed events " The Night Bats" and " The Days of observation of birds", organizes excursions, canoeing, fishing. In the natural park "Ragakapa" in Jurmala Lielupe is an open air museum, a collection of buildings and artifacts of the fishing economy of the 19th century - Bath, smokehouse, a collection of boats, anchors, knots. On request at the museum you can visit the tasting of smoked fish or stroll along the trail to the sea. The Latvian seaside resort of Jurmala is ranked in the top 10 hit resorts, being in the company of such world-renowned resorts like Nice, Biarritz, Barcelona, Venice, Antalya, Cape Town, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Sydney.
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The country also carefully preserves folk traditions and the architectural masterpieces of the Latvian cities.
There is the warm shores of the Baltic Sea, dozens of modern resorts, nearly fifty of old castles, the famous amber, hundreds of lakes and springs, as well as many hundreds of square miles of picturesque landscapes.
The areas of the Gauja River valley, the banks of the Daugava and Salaca, Vidzeme and Kurzeme coast of the Gulf of Riga, near the village and Ergli Vetspiebalgi, "mountains" and Gaizinkalns Sauleskalns, the urban neighborhood Tukums and Tulsa, the ancient city of Cesis and Kuldiga, the scenic lakes and Esha Reznas - all these places are part of the unique " Baltic Necklace", which gives the country a unique look and beauty.
Latvia is situated in the north-east of Europe, on the east coast of the Baltic Sea.
It has borders with Estonia in the east, with Russia in the south and with Belarus and Lithuania .
It is washed by the Baltic Sea in the west.
The total area is of 64.
5 thousand square kilometers.
The coastline - 531 km.
Most of the country is occupied by plains and lowlands, low hills surrounding the Vidzeme Upland (the highest point - Gaizinkalns, 311 m).
About 44% of the country is covered with forests.
The territory of Latvia was stretched by quite an extensive network of water - more than three thousand lakes and 12 thousand rivers, which provide good opportunities for active tourism.
Many hotels in Latvia are situated on the Baltic coast.
Hotels in Latvia will amaze you with the breadth of the price range and services offered.
An inexpensive holiday in Latvia is a journey to a European country with a long history and a high level of service, original architecture and the diversity of cultural life, beautiful nature and business centers - here one will find what looking for.
Tours in Latvia will be remembered for a long time: you might want to re-immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the magnificent cathedrals, ancient churches and ornate streets, soak up the high-SPA, to be back at parties and festivals.
Buying trips to Latvia, you get a great opportunity to relax, for example, during the SPA-tours as Amber weekend or year-round tour of the Golden Ring in Riga , where you will see many colorful historic sites.
Strolling through the streets of Riga you can visit the beautiful and austere Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the Monument of Liberty, the Residence of Peter I, inspect the symbol of Riga - 137-meter tower of the church of St.
Of interest are the church of St.
Jacob, the Powder Tower, the Garden Gate Viesturs with the Alexander at the entrance, established in honor of Russian victory over Napoleon.
No less interesting museums in Riga are, for example, the famous historical museum, the Museum of Medicine, the Museum of Foreign Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Automotive Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, a collection of buildings XVI-XIX centuries from across the country from the typical wooden churches to windmills.
And at the Shopping-Tour in Riga individual travelers must go to the Riga market - the largest market in Europe.
Culture of Latvia Latvian literature is saturated with rich folkloric traditions.
These are folk songs, legends and fairy tales which have begun writing culture.
The first significant achievements of Latvian prose of the novel are of brothers Reinis Kaudzit Mathis, and "Seasons of the surveyors' (1879) and Jacob Apsishu stories about the life of the village.
The founder of the Latvian drama is A.
For significant achievements of the national culture is to translate the Bible into the Latvian language, made by Ernst Gluck as well as the release of the first periodical in the Latvian language under the title "The Latvian newspaper" in 1822.
In the Soviet period was carried out work aimed at the integration of all national cultures.
Many books have been translated by Latvian writers, like the languages of the peoples of the USSR and in foreign languages.
Latsis, Kempe, ITES, Sudrabkalna, Mane, Vatsientisa and many other published their works .
Latvian national cuisine The basis of the Latvian cuisine make putra and milk products in the first place and cheeses.
The main products include the national cooking pearl barley, flour, beans, vegetables, potatoes and dairy products.
Among meats pork keeps the palm, and after beef, veal and poultry.
In the preparation of dishes of national cuisine herring and sprat are widely used.
In the ranking of the most popular dishes of Latvian cuisine should be made sour milk and bread soup, also cabbage putra.
Putrov is a thick broth, pearl barley boiled in milk, added thereto as meat and fat.
Exact scattering of dishes in Latvia are made from cabbage, beet tops, sorrel, fresh and pickled vegetables.
The real "favorites" legumes are Latvian table.
Worth a try are the dumplings beans or peas with yogurt or boiled peas with cooked bacon.
Economy of Latvia Constant trading partners of Latvia are the country's neighbors.
However, becoming a member of the European Union, the country has expanded its trade horizons.
It established cooperation with many European countries, in particular, with Sweden, Britain and Germany.
The main export goods of Latvia are: iron and metal, electrical machinery and equipment, lumber, textiles and knitwear, round timber.
By the weaknesses of the Latvian economy is the fact that energy is in a state of dependence on imported oil and gas, but it has its own raw material resources available.
The country has a high unemployment rate, reaching 15%.
All this inevitably turns Latvia in one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Latvia can rightly be called the "pearl" of the Baltic states.
This is a country of blue lakes, forests, springs.
Among the scenic beauty, Latvia "has registered" dozens of modern resorts.
This country has medieval castles, knights' castles, rich history full of beautiful legends.
This is a country where past and present go hand in hand.
Perhaps that is why Latvia is so attractive to tourists.