Tourist attractions in Jurmala Latvia include Livu Aquapark water park, Jurmala’s beaches, Dzintari concert house, Ethnographic Open Air Museum, as well as a visit to one of the famous Jurmala spas.
Livu Aquapark (www.akvaparks.lv) is a water park, a great, themed addition to the resort village that is best known for its beaches and the variety of relaxing spas.
Among the water park attractions are at least 7 types of water slides, a sauna, swimming pools, and an opportunity to enjoy aromatherapy treatments.
For many, the water park highlights include “Tornado Lasens”, QUELLE wave pool, Blue pipe Maxima (108-meter long water slide with a jump), as well as the Red pipe Honda (a high-speed water slide with a maximum velocity of 60 km/h).
Of these, “Tornado Lasens” is a whirling water slide, where you’ll be like on a middle of tornado, fighting against the g-forces. The attraction is unique in Europe, and it is actually used by Latvian Cosmonauts for training in anticipation of upcoming space flights.
Jurmala beaches are one of the primary reasons why people have come here to spend summers ever since the 18th century, when the Russian army officers first came here to relax after the Napoleonic wars.
Within Jurmala, you can find a total of almost 33 km of light-sand beaches, located within several city districts, best of which are easily accessible.
The beaches with the best reputation include “Jurmala Jaunkemeri” and “Majori”. Both of these beaches have guards, available throughout the entire summer season.
Also, both of these beaches have the so-called “Blue Flag” (blueflag.org), a popular eco-mark.
Included in the tourist attractions in Jurmala Latvia is the Dzintari concert house (www.dzk.lv), a central part of Jurmala history since the 19th century.
Especially during the 20th century and all the way to the 1930s, the customers visiting Jurmala were mostly upper class people. To meet their demands for arts and cultural events, the city started the tradition of arranging world-class concerts.
Today, the concert house is a location for concerts and other events, but especially the number of concerts has risen very rapidly since 2000, as the tourism numbers to the region have expanded.
Ethnographic Open Air Museum, on the other hand, is a 100 hectare open air museum, showcasing the way people used to live here.
From the open air museum, you can find traditional farm houses, several windmills, fishing villages, churches, as well as other historical buildings, all transferred here for the purpose of being preserved for the upcoming generations to enjoy.
Within the museum area, during the event times, there are people dressed in traditional costumes doing historical daily chores, and you will have the opportunity to try out some of the best in Latvian cuisine, as well as drink Latvian products at the museum tavern.
For many, a visit to one of the Jurmala spas, popular tourist attractions in Jurmala Latvia, is one of the best reasons to come here.
The region’s spas enjoy an excellent reputation and were even popular among the Soviet Union leaders, with, for example, Brezhnev and Khrushchev spending time here.
Several of the spas are located within a hotel, so it might be a good idea to select a hotel with a spa package available, to get a cheaper combination price.
One of such hotels is Hotel Jurmala (www.hoteljurmala.com/en/), which operates as a hotel-spa, with a variety of treatments available. In fact, you can choose from a total of 100 different treatments.