Twenty miles of white-sand beaches frame Jurmala, Latvia, a popular European resort destination revered for its relaxing sea air and peat mud spa treatments. The fourth-largest city in Latvia, Jurmala has seen tourism drive its economy for over 100 years, and the high-quality event venues in Jurmala present plenty of opportunities to do business as well.
Jurmala is located seven miles from Riga International Airport, which offers one flight daily to New York City and many others across Europe. Taxi fare to Jurmala from the airport averages around $18, while bus fare is less expensive at $4.50. While Jurmala is a very walkable city and most visitors can rely solely on their own two feet, an extensive train system does connect each of the city's districts and extend outward to Riga.
The premier meeting venue in Latvia, the 185,139-square-foot is Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, is in Riga, which 36 miles from Jurmala. Closer meeting venues in Jurmala include the 165-room Baltic Beach Hotel in downtown Jurmala, which offers 10 meeting spaces, including an indoor theater and a waterfront banquet space that accommodates 350. Also on the waterfront, the 190-room Hotel Jurmala Spa and Conference Center has meeting facilities for up to 340. The 217-room Hotel Lielupe provides five event venues in Jurmala's Bulduri District, with space for up to 287 guests.
Event venues in Jurmala include the Jaunkemeri Health Resort, which features 3,089 square feet of meeting space in Jurmala, including the 65-seat Conference Hall and 300-seat Cinema Hall, ranking it among Jurmala's largest event venues. Located a mile west in idyllic Kemeru National Park, Jaunkemeri also offers audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi, coffee service and on-site spa treatments. North of the city in Ragakapa Nature Park, the Jurmala Open Air Museum's reconstructed, 19th-century farmstead has outdoor meeting space for 60 guests, who can also enjoy local beer and smoked fish tastings. Small, informal gatherings of up to 50 can be held at Jurmala City Museum, which houses artifacts detailing local history.
Guests can enjoy authentic Latvian cuisine at cozy Restorans Laiks, which has one banquet hall for 100 and another for 30. The only restaurant in Jurmala situated right on the beach, Orizzonte offers an elegant, upscale dining experience with banquet space for 100. The Lighthouse Restaurant, adored for its fresh oysters, offers beautiful indoor and outdoor dining space for up to 40 guests.