What makes J ūrmala’s 25.6-kilometre -long beach unique is not only its fine, sugar-like white quartz sand, but also its spacio-usness. In the city centre, the sandy area measures from 25 to 50 metres wide from the water to the first line of dunes. This means plenty of sun and sea, and plenty of room for everyone. The nearby pines provide shade and natural aromatherapy for sunbathers, and the comparatively low salinity (5.5 per mille, or 0.55%) of the Baltic Sea decreases their need to search for for a shower after every swim. The water becomes deeper very gradually and evenly, almost meditatively, allowing one to wade towards the horizon for almost a hundred metres in some places...to the accompaniment of splashing footsteps and the mild breeze.