Altja Travel Guide

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    View across the bay
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    Net sheds
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Altja Things to Do

  • The Suspension Bridge

    Altja's "miniature Golden Gate" is a pedestrian bridge across a stream. It must be crossed to arrive at the beach in the next bay. The bridge does not look too trustworthy but it carried us safely. However, I would not want to be on it with more than two or three people at a time. And yes, it does sway.

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  • The Fishermen's Sheds

    A row of four old wooden sheds is located at the tip of the peninsula. These buildings have never been meant as houses for people to live in. They were used by the fishermen to dry their nets in.

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  • A Walk along the Sea Shore

    A mwalk along the sea shore is a must. Already in a short hike you can experience some different stretches of coastline and enjoy views over the bays. From the village pub and the parking lot, follow the road to the next bend, then take the path straight on. The path is wide enough for cars within the village, then it turns into a narrower hiking...

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  • The Village

    No professional fishermen live in this former fishermen's village any more. Most houses have been sold to families in Tallinn and elsewhere who use then as summer homes. Having a summer house to spend their vacation in is an essential part of Estonian lifestyle.The village has a number of old fishermen's houses that have been well restored. All...

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  • Smoke-houses

    I noticed these all over the place, and it took me ages to work out what they were.At first I thought they were air-raid shelters (because they look very much like the UK type of WWll air-raid shelter). But then the chimney gave it away, and I realised.Of course you needed to smoke your fish (and maybe your meat too), in order to preserve it for...

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  • Look at the lichen

    The air in this part of Estonia is clean, that much is indicated by the amount of lichen growing on trees, rocks, house roofs.I particularly liked the lichen on the thatch of the netsheds. It may not be a good thing, in that it probably helps to destroy the thatch eventually, but its grey-greeness added extra interest to the roof's appearance.

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  • Spot the carving

    Don't know why, or who, or what it is.But it is rather a good piece of carving, and very 'northern European' with its antlers .... a horned god, indeed.Spot it sitting under the eaves of a house on the left as you walk down the 'main street' towards the sea.

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  • Look for glacial erratics

    Estonia is covered with these (sometimes huge) boulders.Called 'glacial erratics', they are rocks moved during the Ice Age far from their point of origin, their sides worn smooth by the crushing weight of the ice. As the ice melted and the glaciers retreated, these rocks were left dotted about the countryside all over Europe (Stonehenge is...

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  • Walk down to the shore

    A lovely little walk, past restored houses and the old net sheds.You'll see flowers if it's the right time of year, and maybe swans on the sea. Lovely views across the bays when you arrive at the water's edge.

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Altja Restaurants

  • Estonian Village Tavern

    The old village pub of Altja ia a wooden building with a thatched roof. The interior is plain and dark, you sit on simple wooden benches to enjoy traditional local dishes. The quality of the food is very good. Here you get the kind of food Estonian mothers in the countryside used to make for their families. The tavern has become a bit of a tourist...

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  • Local food

    This is old Estonian pub style eating place. Local food, reasonable prices (comparing to Tallinn) but expensive comparing to local prices. Fish dishes.

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