"Enjoy splendid isolation on Cape Kolka's beaches" Kolka by CatherineReichardt

Kolka Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 16 photos

Cape Kolka is a windswept spot on the north west coast of Latvia. Its claim to fame is that it is the point where the Baltic Sea meets the Gulf of Riga: as a result of the two sets of currents colliding, a lot of sand and other debris that is transported by wave action is dumped at this point, making it an ideal spot for beachcombing. Because of the treacherous currents, this stretch of coastline is notorious for its frequent shipwrecks, the 'bones' of which can still be seen protruding from the sand.

This section of the Latvian coast is the sort of place to come if you know how Greta Garbo felt when she said "I vant to be alone". There are literally kilometres of near-deserted white sand beach to choose from, which certainly makes a refreshing change from staking out your handkerchief-sized claim on a crowded Mediterranean beach, although be warned that the water temperature is 'refreshing' as well - or should that be 'bracing'?

Families with kids will adore the space and the beach combing opportunities, and smaller children will probably enjoy the more limited wave action of the Baltic (compared to, say the Atlantic) - however, particularly at the Cape itself, beware of venturing out into deeper water as there are very strong currents at play, and swimmers have been drowned off this coast in recent years.

  • Last visit to Kolka: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 8, 2010
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Lovely little page with oustanding photos. Cape Kolka looks indeed a bit mysterious.

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