Magnets of Saaremaa

Saaremaa 

People have always been inspired by the mystery and remoteness of islands. It’s true that the more inaccessible a place is, the more you want to go there. One of the reasons why islands continue to attract people is probably the opportunity to feel like an explorer discovering new land. Saaremaa, the biggest island in Estonia, can be reached by ferries or by regular flights. The feeling of remoteness still remains, since ferry and plane traffic would stop at sunset. This is where the mystery of islands begins - you believe you are independent, but actually you are not.   

Smaller islands 

There are innumerable islands and islets in Saare County. The islets are especially popular amongst birds. People are more fond of the biggest islands like – Saaremaa and Muhumaa, the latter is between Saaremaa and the mainland; Abruka - right next to Saaremaa; Ruhnu - a solitary piece of land in the Gulf of Riga; and an island furthest to the West, Vilsandi – where the 100 years old National Park is located.   

Sightseeing 

The first things you will probably see are the ruins of Maasilinn Order Castle, Angla Windmill hill, 3000 years old Kaali meteorite crater, the pearl of Kuressaare – Episcopal castle, the 21 m high Panga cliff. Legendary wells of Odalätsi, where the devil broke it’s spear. Of course one must not forget Sõrve peninsula, with II WW military objects and a lighthouse in the land tip. Those who have walked the beaten paths of Saaremaa know these places by heart, but we have more for those who prefer to take their own way.   

Nature 

For most people Saaremaa is synonymous with sea, long stretching beaches and juniper groves. But these are not the islands only assets: a real nature lover has much more to see and do here not only on summer, but throughout the year. Nature lovers would enjoy visiting all the islets surrounding Saaremaa. Abruka is famous for its broad-leaved forests, Vahase for its huge glacial boulders, Vilsandi for 100 years old National Park and its bird refuge, Ruhnu for its singing sands, Kessulaid for its bluffs and Kõinastu for a walk through the sea. And the list is far from complete.   

Events 

The tourism season in Saaremaa is filled with different concerts, festivals, etc. Just choose your favourite! The best opera performances with singers from Estonia and from our neighbouring countries are played in the castle yard opera house during Saaremaa Opera Days. In northern-Saaremaa, near Leisi, the second biggest beer festival in Estonia, Õlletoober (Beer festival), offers competitions for the best home brew and the strongest man on the island. An alternative future music festival "Juu jääb" held in a farmyard in Muhu, gets bigger and better every year. The Kuressaare Maritime Days in August celebrate the title and acknowledgement of the city as a health resort. Kuressaare Chamber Music Days are held in the same month and have grown more international. Those who wish to wander outside the city are welcome to join Saare Jazz festival in Pidula.     

Kuressaare and spa vacation

Saaremaa’s capital Kuressaare has a long history and special architecture, therefore it has become on of the most known tourism magnets of Estonia, the locals are very proud over that. Kuressaare is an important health resort since the 19th century. Curative mud was discovered in the 1820s and Estonia’s first mud treatment resort was opened on Saaremaa already  in 1824. Back then, ladies in big light coloured gowns with sunshade and gentlemen in summer suits came to enjoy mud baths, walk in the castle park and listen to concerts on the bandstand. Resort Kuressaare becomes more and more known internationally, seven spa hotels, three of them by the sea and next to the castle park, are magnets that draw guests all year round with curative and wellnes procedures.

 

Kuressaare kesklinn
Downtown Kuressaare
Sheep on the beach
Mending the windmill
Windmill on isalnd Vilsandi
Women in Ruhnu folk costumes

Culture

Kuressaare Bishop Castle

The most noteworthy site in Kuressaare is the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, dating from the 13th Century – the best...[more]

Koguva village and Muhu island

The best preserved village ensemble in Estonia can be found in Koguva. This 16th century village is a great example of...[more]

Ruhnu churches

Romantic and unique are both fishing and watching the sunset on one of Saaremaa's small islands Ruhnu. [more]

Nature

Kaali meteorite crater

Kaali Crater Field was created by the meteorites that fell on the Earth in ancient times and its main crater, which is...[more]

Vilsandi National Park

Vilsandi National Park has grown out of one of the first nature reserves of Eastern Europe and is already 100 years old...[more]

Panga cliff

The northern coastline of Saaremaa and Muhu are predominantly stony and terraced. [more]

Health

Pädaste manor

This manor complex from the 16th century was one of the smallest manors in Muhu in its day.[more]

Smoke-sauna

Health can be invigorated out of town as well, in peace and quiet.[more]

Saaremaa's spas

Spaad Saaremaal

The old resort traditions are kept alive at seven spas in Kuressaare, The Town of Health.[more]

Resort

Kuressaare Resort Hall

The Resort Hall, in the castle park, is established by town architect C. Lorenzen’s project.[more]

Resort

In Kuressaare, curative mud was discovered in the 1820s and Estonia’s first mud treatment resort was opened on the...[more]

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