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Benjamin J Sperry
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Beaches and nature trails in the wild

Jurmala with the territory of one hundred square kilometres is the second largest coastal city in Latvia by area and one of the richest in natural resources. Jurmala has almost any landscape characteristic of a coastal lowland: there is the coast of the sea and the beach, coastal dunes covered in forest, lower reach of the Lielupe with flood plains and low plains with swamps, wet forests and lakes. The city has grown on a peninsula between the Lielupe and the Gulf of Riga, and thanks to its elongated shape one can reach water in a couple of minutes from anywhere in Jurmala. The city's visiting card and the holidaymakers' dream clearly is the white 24 kilometres long beach, as well as nature trails with rare species of plants and birds.

  • The sea is engraved on the coat of arms of the city with silvery waves and a silver gull with spread wings in a blue sky. The history of the city is tightly related to the bathing culture. Today too the kilometres long beach with silky quartz sand is a tempting destination, and not only in summer – for cyclists, Nordic walking enthusiasts and those who love walking the beach presents a great covering in autumn and spring as well, but in snowy winters a cross-country skiing route stretches along the sea. Sea in Jurmala is shallow for a considerable bit and therefore it is suitable for safe family bathing. Beaches have facilities and are divided into quiet and active recreation areas, there are cafés and children's playgrounds.

  • The Lielupe, the total length of which is 119 kilometres, makes its last bends in Jurmala making indentations in the map of the city and comes as close to the sea as three hundred metres in Dubulti to fall into the sea a little bit further away. The river is slow, in summer its waters warm up and are suited for bathing. There are several bathing places with facilities on the banks of the river, boat, kayak, sup board, wakeboard rentals are available, along with rides on the river on a small river craft, an old sailing ship and yachts.

  • Nature trails are the routes for wildlife lovers. They criss-cross Jurmala through ancient forests and yet more ancient swamps. The Great Kemeri Bog boardwalks (the long trail – 3,4 kilometres, the short trail – 1,4 kilometres) lead one into bog landscape untouched by civilisation with a maze of small lakes and deep pits and let visitors observe protected species of plants and birds, for example, the black stork and white-tailed eagle. A three kilometres long walking trail encircles Lake Sloka passing along the shore of the lake in one direction and through the forest into the other, and there is a floating bird watching tower on the shore of the lake. Ragakapa Nature Park in Bulluciems can be walked on wooden boardwalks for the length of two kilometres or the trail could be extended twice including dirt roads and seashore.