Cuisine and restaurants of Jurmala
The national cuisine of Latvia is simple and hearty. Cabbage, potatoes, beans and gray peas are used in everyday dishes. The latter, cooked with smoked meats, is also served at Christmas. In the Latvian restaurants of Jurmala, this dish can be tasted at any time of the year. Of the meat, pork is the most popular – it is boiled aspic, baked, added to vegetable dishes and soups. Not the last place in the national cuisine is occupied by fish, and due to its location on the Baltic coast, the choice of fish delicacies is very large here. You should definitely try “silkyu pudins” – herring casserole with potatoes. Of the desserts, the most famous is buberté with semolina, whipped cream and cranberry sauce.
Latvian cuisine is famous for soups made from rather unexpected ingredients and their combinations – beer, bread with dried fruits or whipped cream, and others.
There are many catering establishments in the resort – coffee houses, pizzerias, sushi bars, cafes and restaurants of different cuisines of the world. There is also the notorious fast food – the best option for budget tourists – a snack for one will cost 2-4 EUR. Breakfast in a modest cafe will cost 15-20 EUR for two. You can dine in middle-class restaurants for 40-80 EUR. The most expensive fashionable establishments are concentrated on the street. Jomas, the average bill for dinner for two people can reach up to 150 EUR.
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Entertainment and attractions
There are several districts in Jurmala with architecturally interesting buildings. In Dzintari, there are many wooden buildings of the early 19th century, built in Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and Romanticism – with turrets, balconies, openwork carvings and other decor. The most famous of them is the summer cottage complex of Kristaps and Augusta Morberg – a blue castle made of wood and metal. Now it belongs to the University of Latvia, and tours are conducted around the territory and the garden of rare plants adjacent to it. Also, for the sake of beautiful architecture, it is worth going to the central Maiori.
The concert hall “Dzintari” is considered one of the sights of the city. The first stage appeared on this site 140 years ago. Today, the playbill includes children’s performances, classical music concerts and opera competitions.
Those who want to get acquainted with the history of the resort should look into the Jurmala City Museum. There are practically no antiquities and archaeological finds, but there is a large collection of old ladies’ bathing suits. Among the exhibits are also items raised from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The exhibition “Ships in the Deep” is dedicated to sunken merchant and military ships and the history of Latvian shipping.
The Jurmala Open Air Museum contains many items of fishing life. Entire houses and huts from all over the country were brought here. Their walls are hung with nets, hooks and other gear. Also here you can see fishing boats, smokehouses, anchors and much more. There is practically no props here – all things were used for their intended purpose, and the buildings were transported entirely. It is better to go here with a group tour – in addition to viewing the exhibits, you can learn how to knit sea knots and repair nets, and at the end – try smoked fish with beer and listen to folk songs.
The exposition in the health resort “Amber Coast” is dedicated to the history of sanatorium treatment in Jurmala. It features photographs, documents and antique medical equipment.
Near the Gulf of Riga, in the Kemeri region, there is a national park of the same name. Tourists are attracted by the unique nature – swamps, sand dunes, the river and the sea coast coexist perfectly with each other. Several routes are laid across the territory, you can walk along the lake or swamps, watch birds, ride a canoe or take a sulfur bath.
Jurmala for children
The resort is great for families with children. In addition to beaches, museums and architecture, there are several interesting parks in which young travelers will definitely not get bored.
In the center of Jurmala is the largest water park in Northern Europe – “Livu” (off. site). Attractions are equipped in a three-story building and operate around the clock. The territory is divided into 4 zones, which housed more than 40 slides – from the smallest to the extreme. It will be interesting for kids to frolic in the Captain Kid’s Island play complex with ladders, fountains and water cannons. For adults, there are wave pools, a “running river”, a jacuzzi, saunas and other relaxation.
Fans of outdoor activities should go to the forest park “Dzintari”. Rope tracks are stretched between the pines. Such entertainment is more suitable for older children – you need to climb to a great height and move from one tree to another along swaying logs and thin ropes. For kids there are playgrounds with swings and carousels.
On st. Jomas is located children’s recreation park “South Park”. There are many attractions designed for different ages – from harmless carousels to extreme turntables. There is a race track, trampolines, a space simulator, prize shooting ranges and much more.
Weather in Jurmala
The climate of Jurmala smoothly transitions from maritime to continental. Summers are warm and mild, there is no extreme heat, and the water may even seem cool compared to the southern seas. The short beach season starts in mid-June and ends in the second half of August. It often rains at the beginning and end of summer.
In early autumn and late spring the weather is good. Although swimming is not yet possible, tourists come here to admire nature and enjoy peace and quiet. There are few people at this time, and prices are lower than in the high season. Winter lasts from mid-November to March, with heavy frosts and snowfalls.