Welcome to Ķemeri National Park

Ķemeri’s park information centre is located in an old barnlike hotel and restaurant called the ‘Funny Mosquito’. Although most of the info is in Latvian, you can rent bikes and sign up for lectures and programs such as bat- and bird-watching. A scenic 600m trail starts at the info centre and circles through a slice of flat plain forest.

The pungent smell of rotten eggs wafts through the air at the national park’s spa resort, also called Ķemeri (pronounced kyeh-meh-ree or tyeh-meh-ree, depending on who you ask), known for its sulphurous springs. Ķemeri’s first mud bath opened in the late 1800s, and until WWII the resort had a widespread reputation as a healing oasis. The area’s spring water is perfectly potable and apparently quite healthy. Try filling your water bottle at the Lizard, a stone sculpture at the mouth of a spring that trickles into the river. Sip your pungent brew while meandering past faded mint-green gazebos and small wrought-iron bridges with romantic names such as Bridge of Sighs or Bridge of Caprices – everything remains exactly as it was during the height of the resort’s popularity in the 1930s.

It’s hard to miss Hotel Ķemeri. Known as the ‘White Ship’, it was built during Latvia’s brief period of independence in the 1930s, and has one of the most impressive facades outside of Rīga. At the moment, only the exterior can be appreciated due to a lack of renovation money. Have a wander across the park and take a look at St Peter-Paul Orthodox Church. Built in 1893, it is the oldest place of worship in Ķemeri and, if you look closely, you’ll notice that this large wooden structure was constructed entirely without nails.

Fish smoking and canning remain traditional occupations in the villages further afield along the coastal road leading north towards Cape Kolka. Nowhere smells fishier than Lapmežciems, overlooking Lake Kaņieris, 3km west of Jūrmala. Sprats are canned in the factory on the right at the village’s eastern entrance. The village market sells freshly smoked eel, sprat, salmon and tuna, as does the market in Ragaciems, 2km north.

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Riga to Jurmala, Kemeri Park: Private Baltic Coast Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jurmala open-air museum, Jurmala, Riga RegionJūrmala Open Air Museum is an attractive way to discover the daily life of fishermen at the turn of the 20th century. Here, you can climb on the decks of two authentic fishing boats, try your skills at the rope-making workshop, and visit authentic houses of fishermen. Around noon on Thursdays in summer, the museum offers a pleasant surprise to gourmets, as it hosts fish-smoking events where local fishermen show and tell about the traditional ways to smoke fish, inviting the guests to try the product.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jurmala Beach, Jurmala, Riga RegionJūrmala’s beach has always hosted a lively social life. In the 19th century ladies with parasols paraded along the promenades, while in the 1960s the white beaches became a colourful mosaic of bikinis and towels. Today, selfies in front of a magnificent sunset are common. But there have always been two sides to the social scene in Jūrmala, namely, that of the locals and that of the summer holidaymakers. Each group uses the beach very differently. The locals rarely lounge on the beach in the middle of the day; they’re more likely to head to the beach for a walk or healthy jog early in the morning or late in the evening. Holidaymakers, on the other hand, make full use of the beach from midday until sunset.Currently, Jūrmala has 11 developed swimming areas along its beach, of which five (Jaunķemeri, Dzintari, Bulduri, Majori and Dubulti) received Blue Flag certification in 2015, meaning that they meet stringent standards for environmental sustainability as well as water quality and beach management. The swimming areas also accommodate people with special needs.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Viewing Tower by Architect Bureau ARHIS, Jurmala, Riga RegionLatvian practice ARHIS Architects has completed the Observation Tower in Jurmala positioned within the Dzintaru park in Jurmala, Latvia. The 38-meter tall structure is enclosed with an open-air cage allowing screened views of the encompassing nature reserve.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jomas Street, Jurmala, Riga RegionJomas street - one of the oldest and central streets of Jūrmala with restaurants, summer terraces, hotels and cafés with live music. The name of the street in Latvian means parallel lines in the sand of dunes. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kemeri National Park, Jurmala, Riga RegionThe 3 km long, Ķemeri Moorland footbridge allows you to explore a raised moss marsh untouched by human activity at Ķemeri National Park. A maze of elongated small lakes makes the bog to be one of the most picturesque places in Latvia.Duration: 1 hour

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From Riga: Half-Day Adventure In Kemeri National Park

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kemeri National Park, Jurmala, Riga RegionExplore one of the most amazing natural beauties of Latvia - pristine boglands of Kemeri National Park. In a small group led by an expert guide, discover the amazing natural scenery of some of the most amazing raised bog habitats in Latvia and in Europe.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Kanieris Lake Bird Watching Tower, Lapmezciems, Kurzeme RegionYou will visit the amazing Kanieris Lake, and one of its bird watching towers and nature trails. Nature trails along the banks of this lake go through various unique protected ecosystems (habitats) and can be a great place for you to spot wildlife. Duration: 1 hour

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Day Tour to Kemeri National Park

Kemeri National Park is  a great place for photographers and nature lovers. You can take either the short or long walk on Bog Boardwalk. The long route is around 3,4 km long with an opportunity to climb an observation platform. From the platform you iwill see the whole bog from the above. The short route will be around 1,4 km through the bog. You will see plant of sundew, and a variety of birds – wood sandpipers, white wagtails, tree pipits, and also hear cranes further away. The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk has become a popular place with photographers of sunrise and sunset scenes in Latvia, regardless of the season or weather. You can adjust your travel time in special notes when booking, we are flexible and can take you there for a sunrise or sunset as well! After the walk in Kemeri the next stop would be Jurmala. You can check out the main street Joma street with many small shops where locals offer their homemade objects as well as enjoy the time by the sea. This day tour includes transport and driver to Kemeri National Park and Jurmala. Guide is also available for additional cost.

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