It’s been a while since we returned from our trip to Riga and for one reason or another I haven’t managed to share all our adventures from our time there but all that is about to change! Because we were in Riga for five days we had to time to take a couple of day trips outside of the city. The first of these day trips was to Jurmala, which is a beach about a half hours train journey outside of Riga city centre.
I mentioned in my last Riga post that it was very cold and Jurmala is famous for the sea freezing over in the winter. We were there in April so the sea wasn’t frozen when we went but it was still bloody freezing, I mean like my hands turned blue freezing! In fact it did actually snow and every time I took my camera out to take photos it felt like my fingers were going to drop off from the cold!! Needless to say Carl wasn’t too impressed having to wait around for me as he feels the cold even more than I do!
The beach was pretty much empty with the exception of some runners (crazy fools!) but in the summer Jurmala is super popular with both the locals and tourists. It is a beautiful area but it did feel a bit bleak due to the cold so it was hard to imagine it being that popular but I am assured that it gets quite warm in the summer months! I would definitely love to come back here in the summer to see how different the atmosphere is!
A couple of tips when visiting Jurmala
To visit this wonderful beach you can jump on the train from Riga Central Station, you can buy tickets at the station or once you are on the train (I think you can also book them online too). There isn’t actually a stop called Jurmala and most people jump off at Kemeri which is a small town full of shops and restaurants and basically caters for tourists. It takes about 35 minutes to get from Riga to Majori and the train gets really busy at weekends when the locals head to the beach too!
Have you been to Jurmala before? Let me know in the comment section below and don’t forget to check out my other post about Riga!