Jurmala Things to Do
The central part of Jurmala,, 24 km from Riga. Territory of an ancient Vidzeme settlement, bought by von Fircks as a"majorate" in the 17th century. The ground remained property of the Fircks family till World War I. Owing to increasing interest towards Jurmala as a health resort, the land got divided into plots for building summerhouses. Building...more
We spent a hot summer day here. The sands are soft like velvet and the beach is long, you literally cannot see the end of it. This beach is also very child friendly because the water is rather shallow for a stretch before getting deep. There are some restaurants at the beach and along the main street which is nice.more
The menu sums up Ukrainian food quite nicely. Ukrainians seem to have a love affair with lard. Spotikac is very quaint, the interior decorated with brightly painted flowers. The food isn't too bad, watch out for the lard toast though!
Favorite Dish: The cherry dumplings with sour cream were GREAT! We got them for Gabriel, but Melisa and I ended up eating most of them!
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To get to Jurmala you will have to take the train to a station called Majori - there are local and regional trains stopping there every hour or so. Trains are very cheap from Riga (ca. 2 Lats return) but very slow.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Jurmala Local Customs
In Soviet times our people were able to spend their holidays only at the two seas: at the Black Sea (the most popular sea) and at the Baltic Sea (the second in popularity). Besides that some people used to go to the Sea of Asov and the Caspian Sea (but very few of us).
We thought that the Black Sea was a warm sea for swimming, but the Baltic Sea was considered as a cold sea.
Latvia as we know is washed by the Baltic Sea. The Riga Seashore at Jurmala was the most popular place for summer holidays for advanced Soviet people.
Though the temperature of the water wasn’t high (+18+20C), the resort of Yurmala attracted a lot of people who had never seen neither the Mediterranean Sea nor the Red Sea (which are very popular nowadays).
You can imagine it when you have a look at the picture of Jurmala (Bulduri beach at the “Jûras perle” restaurant). It isn’t my picture but it’s very useful to understand what Jurmala was like for us in far Soviet times…
Jurmala Off The Beaten Path
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In winter Jurmala is a near ghost town - only a few locals venture out and a few hardy tourists - the cold and snow are not so conducive to wanting to do a lot. However, there are still some wonderful timber villas to walk past and admire and which have a certain je ne sais quoi which tickles my fancy.
One of the symbols and the landmarks of a bygone Jurmala resort, where people used to come from all over the Soviet Union was the "Jûras perle” (or the Sea Pearl) restaurant. It was there where the very first variety show and the first night bar in the USSR were opened.The unique building was constructed in 1965 by the famous architect Joseph...more
In 1968 when I was a 14-years old youth and we traveled around Latvia with my farther by car we decided to spend some time in Jurmala. The city of Jûrmala actually consists of a string of small resorts. From west to east, these include Íemeri, Jauníemeri, Sloka, Kauguri, Vaivari, Asari, Melluþi, Pumpuri, Jaundubulti, Dubulti, Majori, Dzintari,...more
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