Vidzeme stony seacoast
The full lenght of the walk from Tūja to the Latvian-Estonian border is about 44 km. At the starting point in Tūja, the first stop will be at the Ķurmrags lighthouse. The next stage to enjoy will be the unique Vidzeme stony seacost and Veczemju cliffs.
In the Svētciems beach look for the guest house ‘’Vējavas’’. They will show you how the lampreys are fished in Svētupe river. If your legs have grown tired, a bit further at the guest house ‘’Kosīši’’ you can rent a bike and continue your way along the marked 101 cycling route through the Lauteri pine forest to Salacgrīva. At ‘’Kapteiņu osta’’ you can take a pause and enjoy tasty lunch and take a walk to the pier where you can see the small Kuiviži port.
Enyoing the walk along the sea, guest house "Bērziņi" is a great opportunity to rest your feet, to make soup or to grill meat, if you have enought energy, you can play tennis, but if you plan continue your trip tomorrow, you can stay in guest house "Bērziņi".
At the randu meadows be observant and take a close look in the nature, because this place has been recognized as the best bird migration and nesting place to see in Latvia.
Ainaži is called the cradle of Latvian seafaring. To make sure of this, visit the seafaring school museum and further, just by the Estonian border the Norther pier waits for you to take a walk in the sunset and look back at the day’s adventures.
The Ķurmrags lighthouse is located on the Ķurmrags foreland. It is the most pronounced foreland in the Vidzeme part of the Gulf of Rīga. It was built in 1924. In the storm of 1967 it was destroyed and its light was switched off. It was originally located on the highest part of the shore but during the storm of 2005 it was washed into the sea, where it still stands awry a few metres offshore. It is clearly visible from a distance.
If you are determined to rest from the big city bustle and noise, enjoy the sun and the sea, breathe in the scent of the pine forest, witness the lamprey fishing in Svētupe river, go pick mushrooms, take a ride with a bike or with skis in the winter, in the spring like to be carried away by the high waters of Svētupe river, feel the scent of freshly smoked fish, then you must plan your holidays either with friends or family, and go to the sunset seashore – ‘’Vējavas’’. ‘
You’ve probably heard of the Vidzeme rocky seacoast – it is a 12km long section of the seacoast and the only place in the Baltic Sea where on the seacoast you can see sandstone exposures.
We offer you to rent a mountain bike for adults (5 bicycles available). The bicycles are suitable for sandy tracks. They are perfect to ride along 101 route. The road surfacing of the route is sandy in some places, while in other places there are roots protruding from the ground. Route 101 runs from Salacgriva to Tuja past the guest house “Kosisi”.
3 km north of Salacgrīva the harbor of Kuiviži is located. The making of Kuiviži harbor is a special story – in 1860, longing for their own harbor, some 60 local fishermen deepened the mouth of Krišupīte river only using showels, thereby creating the aquatorium of Kuiviži harbor...
The lighthouse of Salacgrīva is located on the right bank of the river Salaca - it is a quadrangular white tower with a red lantern and it was built in 1925. Today the lighthouse does not operate anymore - following this lighthose, all fishermen have already found their way home and the story has ended happily. The lighthouse was built, because due to the numerous sandbanks the coast between Salacgrīva and Ainaži was considered to be the most dangerous area for sailing in the whole Gulf of Riga.
You are able to see and count most of the birds in the Randu meadows - a trail and a bird watching tower is waiting for you!
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.
Water all around but you - still on land? This is what the Ainaži Northern pier is for – here you can enjoy the eternal cinema of nature – sunset – with shows every evening and every season.
If you take walk or a bike from Salacgrīva to Kuiviži, it’s worth it to stop and take a look at the Salacgrīva Fishermen’s park where for several years already the loved festival Positivus takes place. If you choose to go further to Kuiviži, go ahead, but if the strong sea wind bites too much, go back in the leeside, where the bikeway will lead you to the recreational complex ‘’Kapteiņu osta’’.