Warning – this blog includes photos of people on the beach in their bathers.

Do not look if this offends you!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sunset on the coast of Jūrmala, looking out into the Baltic Sea.
Sunset on the coast of Jūrmala, looking out into the Baltic Sea.
Flag of Jūrmala
Coat of arms of Jūrmala
Coat of arms
Location of Jūrmala within Latvia
Location of Jūrmala within Latvia

Jūrmala (Latvian pronunciation: [juːrmala] ( ) “seaside”; GermanRiga-Strand, Baltische Riviera[1]) is a city in Latvia, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Riga. Jūrmala is a resort town stretching 32 km (20 miles) and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. It has a 33 km (21 miles) stretch of white-sand beach, and a population of 55,580, making it the fifth largest city in Latvia.

While Latvia was a part of the Soviet Union, Jūrmala was a favorite holiday-resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials, particularly Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. Although many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair. Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.

Imants Ziedonis, one of Latvia’s most important poets and folklorists of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, was born in the Jūrmala district.

Visitors can access Jūrmala from Riga by suburban rail (30 min) or along the highway by car (20 min). Since 2008 Jūrmala and Riga airport are connected with a bus service. Visitors with private vehicles must pay 2 euro for each day spent in Jūrmala.

In publications dating from the Soviet period, the city name was occasionally spelled in English as Yurmala, a back-transliteration from Russian.

From my Google Map



The Promenade, Houses and Hotels

The Beach Culture

2 Replies to “Jurmala”

  1. HI Eli
    question…Wordblog…it is public? right? i mean it seems a great way to get your words out there, but can you stop it from being viewed by anyone you dont want to see it?.
    because everything you wrote about on your trips is great but it is public?? I would like to do this before I set off on my tip this week but i would love to send it to only people who i know will be interested…thoughts if you have a moment…by the way, I am having a great time emailing Ruth Krasnostein, have I told you…seesm a lovely person.
    regards from Melbourne

    Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:48:37 +0000
    To: malka50@hotmail.com

  2. Eli, I love the photos! We’ve stayed at Jurmala twice, and there was not much difference between 2003 and 2006 except for one thing – the beautiful modern hotel on the Boardwalk wasn’t a big modern hotel in 2003. It was a decaying, deserted Soviet hulk until Estonian capital and Latvian labour began transforming it a year later. So what a pleasure to see it being properly used.

    The beach was deserted except for walkers when we were there, first week of June both times. Far too cold for swimming. How good to see it being used. And please don’t worry about showing people in their bathers. If they want to wear beach gear that exposes things better covered up, it’s not your problem. Or ours!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sue Levy

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