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The Baltic Sea cost at Soviet times was quite much militarized, as it was good strategic point for USSR. The same happened in or around main ports of Baltic state countries (Liepaja, Ventspils, Klaipeda, so on).
A few kilometers from Ventspils there is a big satellite located, in older times the place was forbidden for locals; nowadays it is acceptable for all. Be careful to walk around, as you still could feel the traces of military basis (lot of metal fence remains, split in dunes, quite sharp ones, that could hurt your leg even if you with shoes).
Satellite is biggest in Northern Europe and 8th biggest in World.
Irbene is about 35 kilometers from Ventspils.
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