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Imants Ziedonis, one of Latvia's most important poets and folklorists of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, was born in the Jūrmala district.Visitors can access Jūrmala from Riga by suburban rail (30 min) or along the highway by car (20 min).Many Russian celebrities, successful businessmen and others have been buying houses near the beach, and lots of different festivals and other activities have brought more and more people to the town each summer.At the moment, Jūrmala has almost achieved the popularity that it experienced by the Soviet elite.In Dubulti and Dzintari competitions in beach football and volleyball take place, but on Pumpuri beach there is kite surfing and windsurfing.International water sports contests, including rowing, sailing, and waterskiing that take place on the river Lielupe.Jurmala's beach is 33 km long, covered with white quartz sand.
The city of Jūrmala actually consists of a string of small resorts.
Although many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair.
Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.
The most distinguishing architectural feature in Jurmala is the prevalence of wooden houses dating from the 19th and first half of the 20th century.
Most of the buildings were built by Baltic German and Latvian architects, but there also are works of Russian, Finnish and other architects.