The Liepāja beach has been a popular swimming location since the 1860s, when the Russian tsars and their retinues began to visit here. The beach is 50 to 80 m wide when the wind is calm, and it has white fine sand which amazes even those people who have been to the world's most famous beach resorts. After a strong wind you can find some pieces of amber washed ashore. Only be careful - occasionally you can come across the so-called "false amber". These are highly flammable pieces of phosphorus which got into the sea when the Soviet military destroyed phosphorus bombs in the seaside village of Pape 50 km to the south of Liepāja.
The heart of Liepāja is its Rose Square, located in the heart of the city centre. In the 18th century the New Market was located here. Even today you can still see evidence of that time - the houses in the square with two towers were the meat pavilions of that market. When the market was moved to its current location in 1910, in its place the city authorities decided to construct a public rose garden. Hence, in 1911 the square was given the name Rose Square, its name to this day. The coats of arms of Liepāja's sister cities are placed on the edging around the bed of roses. By the way, these coats of arms are not placed here randomly - they each face the actual direction in which the particular city is located.
The seaside park
Liepaja is very proud of the park. It was developed at the end of the 19th century. The park is 3 km long with a total area of 50 ha and is one of the largest planted parks in Latvia. At the end of Peldu Street are Latvia's largest drums - one of the objects of Liepāja's environmental design which reminds one that Liepāja is the music capital of Latvia. An art nouveau fountain is located nearby the drums.