Jurmala does not consist solely of Dzintari, Majori or Dubulti – the city has 20 other locations well worth visiting. Each and every one has a story to tell. Here are seven places of the resort city that are rarely visited by guests:
Lielupe’s swimming spot, Slokas Lake and Sloka quarry
People come to Jurmala most often to bathe under the sun and rest on the beach. However, the beach is not the only place where people can relax in Jurmala – there is also Lielupe and multiple lakes within the resort city’s territory. There is an official swimming area on the bank of Lielupe on Ezeru Street – there are places to change clothes and picnic areas to rest. Sloka Lake and Sloka quarry are two other locations worth visiting. Slokas Lake is situated 19 km away from Majori; there is a special observation tower and nature trail. Sloka quarry is situated nearby, on the edge of Dzirnavu Street.
Lielupe estuary and the White Dune
The road from Riga to Jurmala begins right before Lielupe Bridge. The right bank of Lielupe is part of the city’s territory, including Priedaine and Varnukrogs. A unique natural formation is located near Lielupe’s estuary – the White Dune. This place provides a great view on Lielupe’s estuary, Stirnurags and Bullupe. The dune is located 4 km away from Priedaine train station.
Jurmala offers visitors many more cafes and restaurants than the 35 of them situated on Jomas Street. There are special cafes with their own charm. 10 km away from Majori, in Kauguri, Kūriņš café has been serving customers for 20 years. People familiar with this café regularly come to enjoy true Latvia’s cuisine – fried meat, chops with potatoes, marinated herring with cottage cheese or grey peas with bacon. It is best to book a table in advance in order to enjoy a great weekend there, because this is one café that is in high demand. Kūriņš is situated on the beach at the end of Kaugurciems Street.
While Kemeri sanatorium is awaiting its rebirth, the park located next to its visitors to have a look at the best times of Kemeri and have a leisurely stroll into the previous century. One of the most noteworthy objects there is the artificially created Love Islands and a pavilion-rotunda.
The dune zone in Pumpuri, at the end of Amatas Street, where the last of the three legendary Rainis’ pines is situated, also has a special sculpture object made by Kristaps Gulbis, a renowned Latvian sculptor. This object is Rainis’ pines. It was the poet’s favourite resting place. Rainis had dedicated one of his works – Lauztās priedes – to that very location. Fragments of Rainis’ diary are engraved on the sculpture’s steel part.
Jurmala’s Open-Air Museum
Jurmala Open-Air Museum is located on the left bank of Lielupe, opposite to the White Dune. The museum houses a typical 19th century fishing hut’s garden with usual buildings brought to the museum from different Jurmala’s fishing villages. The museum also features a collection of anchors and fishing boats. It also has the largest rope collection in Latvia. The museum organizes Fish days on Thursdays in July. These events span through 12:00-15:00. During these special days, visitors can observe Latvian fish cuisine traditions and taste freshly smoked fish.
Peace and quiet in Valteri and Melluzi
Jurmala Tourism Information Centre offers multiple single-day cycling and pedestrian routes that span across the resort city’s historic districts. The quiet streets of Valteri and Melluzi are a place that offers peaceful walks around the city’s historic architecture. One of the most marvellous cafes in Jurmala can be found on Melluzi beach – the Čaika Family Beach Club.