Tūja - Svētciems (Section 29. )
One of the most beautiful sections of the Baltic Coastal Hiking Route, which begins by crossing the Zaķupīte River. Up to the Ķurmrags Lighthouse, there are mostly sandy beaches with small sections of stones. Further on, the Rocky Seashore of Vidzeme starts: capes alternate with small coves, while 4 m high sandstone outcrops emerge on the coast. Sandy beaches continue to prevail after passing Cape Meleki, while before the mouth of the Svētupe River the beach is thickly overgrown and reedy, so it must be bypassed via a forest trail.
A paradise of nature and plant lovers who will be delighted by beautiful coniferous wood colletion, thought-out flower beds. An interesting collection of stones, defining their energy field. The garden is awarded in county and national level.
For fans of nature, flowers and plants this place will be a paradise. This garded, long cherished and cared for, amazes with it's magnificence, natural glen and the incredible scenery that opens to the Stony seashore of Vidzeme.
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.
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 the Ķurmrags lighthouse. The next leg to enjoy will be the unique Vidzeme stony seacost and Veczemju cliffs.
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.