Jūrmala (Latvian pronunciation: [juːrmala] "seaside"; German: Riga-Strand, Baltische Riviera) 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 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 it has 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. In publications dating from the Soviet period, the city name was occasionally spelled in English as Yurmala, a back-transliteration from Russian. Wikipedia
Discover the beauty of the city's striking landscope, welcome to Jūrmala, Latvia. When planning a trip to Jūrmala, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Riga. Riga is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Museum Of The Occupation Of Latvia, Riga Town Hall Square, House Of Blackheads. Also, to reach Jūrmala, you'll have to take a flight to Riga; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A holiday in Jūrmala can generally be of 1-2 days.
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