A beach side break in Jurmala

A quick day trip out of Riga, the beachside town of Jurmala is popular with Latvians for an easy-to-get-to, sunshine break.

Well, that is assuming you visit the country in or around summer!

From the city centre it took only around 30 mins to reach Majori station (although there are various stops you could alternatively choose from, in the Jurmala area). I decided to go by train and a one way ticket was no more than just 2 euro from memory!

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As soon as you disembark the train at Majori, the visitor centre is across the street. I stopped in to grab a map of the area and then wasted no time in wandering around.

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Being Australian, it takes a mighty impressive beach to wow me. Jurmala certainly isn’t top of my lists, but for this far north and this area of Europe it is pretty darn nice. The crowds are a testament to that.

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So, rather than the beach instead my favourite part of the day trip was the picturesque wooden houses and art deco architecture you will find down most streets.

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There are quite a few restaurants and cafés too from what I could see but I settled on simply an ice-cream break during my short time here.

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I sadly don’t have that many pictures of the sand and water, but I can certainly attest that if you have the time to spare and want to escape Riga for some beach vibes while in the Baltics, then a trip to Jurmala is sure to tick the boxes.


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