It’s a huge spa located to the north from Riga at the Baltic sea. Jurmala used to be a part of Riga, while the only separate administrative units were the numerous estates. The spa was very popular among the army soldiers and the politicians. In 1959 Jurmala was separated from Riga and the scattered estates where were connected into one city. Jurmala is still popular today. In summer, you can find crowds of tourists on beaches and promenades, which have come from both the capital of Latvia and Russia. Jurmala is also popular among the people of Belarus. In summer the train running from Minsk to Ryga is full of tourists from Belarus planning to spend their vacation at the Latvian sea.

Thanks to the interesting building, long walking paths and clean beaches Jurmala is called one of the biggest tourist attractions of Latvia. It is a typical spa city with numerous sanatoriums and with scattered buildings, dedicated to the people who want to relax peacefully on the beach or take a walk in a calm neighborhood. Visitors can find the sea, forests and meadows there. Apart from the nice, well-kept sanatorium buildings they can also find some abandoned, almost ruined shacks.

It’s really easy to get to the city. All you have to do is taking the train from Riga. But it’s good to know that you won’t find one station named Jurmala, instead of this, you will find a few train stops: Dzintaru, Majori, Dubulti, Jaundubulti and Pumpuri. The closest stations to the centre and the sea are Majori and Dubulti.

It is definitely worth going to Jurmala for a 1-day trip, but not in the season, when the city is full of tourists. Accommodation is quite attractive. You can also find many nice places to eat. Unfortunately, the prices are quite high.

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