Beginnings of seafaring
Where to look for the beginnings of Latvian seafaring? A great place to start is Ainaži – a charming little seaside town which in the 19th century was one of the most important sailor and seafaring towns in the Baltics. You’ll find the messengers of those times everywhwere.
The compact and idyllic town Ainaži is the cradle of seafaring in Latvia. Today, in the very centre of it, proudly stands the witness of the ancient seafaring of Latvia - Museum of Ainaži Naval School. Here, in a classroom by the blackboard the guests of the museum are greeted by the head of the longstanding naval school, captain Kristiāns Dāls. He does not say much - as we know well, waxwork is not particularly talkative.
As coastal people, we know how rough the sea can sometimes be - when waves, rain and the spatter of water mislead the boat from track home that it has taken. Lighthouses can save in such situations, which is why we have so many of them.
Ainaži is a charming seaside town with a long history, which permeates the proximity to the sea, seafaring and the radiance that they bring. Many historic buildings with special stories about each of them. The places where a pub has been, alcohol smugglers have lived and our own Romeo and Juliet story has taken place will be shown to you during a special excursion that will be lead by the local Ambassador of Ainaži city.