Founded in 1998 as the first festival of its size and scale in Eastern Europe, it has already become a treasured tradition. The festival is highly anticipated by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad, which form the majority of all Riga Opera Festival fans.
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Take the opportunity to visit Jurmala, the summer resort located some 25 km from Riga. A big treasure of city are natural resources located in its territory – ionized sea air and air of pine tree woods that is enriched with phytonicide, quartz sand on the beach, mineral waters (sulphur hydrogen, bromine and sodium chloride), healing turf and sapropel mud that improve mental and physical comfort, as well as contributes to recovery of health. Due to natural conditions and local natural healing resources, Jurmala can be proud of having two kinds of resorts in one place – balneological and maritime climate resorts. For busy people Jurmala spa hotels, resort rehabilitation establishments and sanatoriums offer resort rehabilitation and SPA treatments, recreation. Combined courses offer to reach the best result in a short time. City’s resort establisments offer complex packages for treatment, recreation and rehabilitation that include physical therapy, physiotherapy, water gymnastics, different kinds of massage, air-climate therapy, thalassotherapy, salt rooms, horse riding therapy and other treatments, based on natural resources. These therapies have already more then 150-year old traditions. Spending time in Jurmala gives not only a positive effect on human organism, but also a spiritual wellbeing, resulting from the change of usual environment, a big quantity of sunlight, stay-away from the big city hustle, good sleep, peace and quietness, sports and meditation, long walks along the beach and good food.