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Beach Hopping in the Baltic Islands

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Photo: Blasius Erlinger

Jurmala is made up of a series of beaches stretched out over a small peninsula, bordered by the Lielupe River on one side and the Baltic on the other.The main promenade, Jomas Iela, sits next to Majori, the most popular beach, and is surrounded by thick trees, beneath which is an interesting amalgam of 19th-century wooden villas built for vacationing Russians - some are very beautiful, with towers, spires, and elaborate porches - alongside new structures with minimalist Scandinavian architecture.

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Destinations: Kuressaare · Tallinn · Riga · Muhu · Kalvi · Parnu · Jurmala · Ventspils

Hotels (7)

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    Baltic Beach Hotel

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    Ammende Villa

    Historic Art Nouveau hotel and restaurant.

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    Kalvi Castle

    Kalvi Kastle looks like an English country-manor house. The staff is professional and courteous and breakfast in the dining room is a delight.

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    Hotel Telegraaf

    The newly opened hotel occupies the renovated interior of the former post office at the center of the Old Town. The property is outfitted with blac

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    Pädaste Manor

    Built by German aristocrats in the 19th century, Pädaste was one of the few manor houses in Estonia that had not been built over by the state durin

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    Hotel Vilnis

    Rooms at this value hotel are modest and clean.

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    Hotel Jurmala Spa

    The best-known beach resort on the Baltic is 11 stories of purple-tinted glass rising up out of the woods.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Veski Tavern

    Estonian food and live music in a 100-year-old windmill.

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    Vertigo 4

    This sleek brasserie serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, with a lounge and rooftop terrace.

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    Melnais Sivens

    Small tavern with a menu full of hearty stews and local seafood, in a medieval castle.

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    Sea House

    Dine within heavy stone walls on dried ostrich and moose carpaccio. For lighter fare, try the squab.

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