Saaremaa Travel Guide

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Saaremaa Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lot of pure nature and sightseeings. 

  • Con
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     The weather might change suddenly 

  • In a nutshell
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     maybe the "most Estonian" part of Estonia 

Saaremaa Things to Do

  • Kuressaare SPAs

    There are several SPA hotels in Kuressaare, see a few of them here:http://www.saaremaaspahotels.eu/enAlso, in booking.com look for:Georg Ots SPA HotelGrand Rose SPA HotelJohan Design & SPA Hotel

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  • The hole - Kaali's meteorite crater

    The folk story tells there is no bottom, but nowadays the depth is 16 meters. In 1930's some iron ochides was found and that's the evidence this is a meteorite crater. Water diameter is 50 meters and the whole crater about 110.Researchers have different opinions about the age, once quess is 3500 years ago and assumptions tells that the meteriote...

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  • Kuressaare Fortress

    Kuressaare Fortress is surounded by a ditch on which you can row now. The fortification walls are several meters thick and covered with ivy and grass. Inside is a museum and a place for open air theatre.

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  • Angla Windmills

    There are many windmills in this place. Probably it would be great without hurry to walk along this windmills, but we were in a hurry and just made a photostop.

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  • The Kaali meteorite craters

    Andrey was very impressed after attending this place. I have scepsis about this "cosmic" things. Anyway, near the place Kaali is round small lake. All informations tell that this is the place where meteorite felt.

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  • Hiiumaa, Windmills

    It was not clear for me whether this windmill is still in use or waiting to be transported to an open air museum of old farmhouses. But it seemed at least still to be able to work if needed.

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  • Piretikivi

    This big rock is named after Piret, the wife of mythological hero Suur Toll. As everywhere in Estonia and Latvia almost every big rock or stone has a legend. The legend about Piretkivi you can read in www.saaremaa.ee.

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  • Valjala hillfort

    This was the centre of pagan Saaremaa before German crusaders took over the island in 1227. After heavy and merciless fighting for Muhu fortress (see my Muhu Things to do tip) German knights with their allies came to Valjala and took Valjala hill fort without a fight although Saaremaa islanders were very brave soldiers (they often made raids in...

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  • Poide St.Mary's church

    This church is built in 13th century. It is very impressive by its size and as a fortified building. Originally it was a part of a castle surrounded by walls which belonged to Livonian Order. In 1343 the settlement was besieged by Estonian rebels during St.George's Night Uprising. After 8 days of siege Germans asked the rebels to let them leave the...

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  • Panga cliff

    In my opinion this is one of the most impressive places in Saaremaa. Of course, it can not be compared to the cliffs in Ireland or somewhere else, but in Baltic countries where we have no hills at all it really looks very good. This cliff was used as a place where people made sacrifices for better fishing. According to www.saaremaa.ee the last act...

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  • Maasilinna medieval castle ruins

    This castle of Livonian Order was built few years after Poide stronghold was destroyed. Maasilinna ruins may seem so unimpressive you could even change your mind and go immediately further without visiting the ruins, but the main attraction there is not what you can see at first look. The main attraction is cellars of castle which you can enter and...

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  • Kaali meteorite craters

    Depending on your interests this could be the highlight of your visit to Saaremaa. The biggest of them is the 8th biggest meteorite crater in the world. I have read that at least half of the Europe could seen the light of explosion and this event could be in the basis of ancient Greek myth when Phaeton crushed in his father Helios (god of the sun)...

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Saaremaa Restaurants

  • The true Italian food :)

    If you wish to have a really rich dinner with all that Italian best that only the Italian restautants can offer, certainly visit La Perla. Really tasty food.Very quick and pleasant service. Any pasta from their menu - is just delicious!

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  • Fresh baked goods from early morning

    Surely a best cafe and snack stop in Kuressaare.http://www.vanalinna.ee/kohvik/ (- in Estonian only)Also has the restaurant and hotel in the same building: http://www.vanalinna.ee/voorastemaja/index.php/en/ Like all their baked goods, salads, coffe :)And the homely atmosphere is not less important.Locates a bit "around the corner", two steps away...

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  • Revived dignity - old Kurhaus in the...

    The revived kurhaus Kuursaal is a recently re-opened restaurant with several local tastes mixed with the best practices from French and other cuisines.Closed in wintertime, but opened again since spring till autumn. Local fish dish for two.Cannot remember the name right now :)But the dish is called Päeva kalasaak/ The catch of the day - so just...

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Saaremaa Nightlife

  • Eating outside

    Well, as Kuressaare (still) is more a village than a town, the number of cafes, restaurants and pubs is not big. All SPAs have their own restaurants and cafes, but there are certainly several cozy places in the centre.In summertime most of them have open air terraces, where one can just sit, relax, have a drink or dinner and watch people walking...

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  • By the fire and under the stars

    Although you'll be able to find several bars and clubs in the towns (especially in Kuressaare) on this island, my suggestion would be - build a nice little fire (using your common sense and following safety rules), barbeque some saussages, sit around the fire (preferably with people you care about), sing songs, talk, listen to the waves and look at...

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Saaremaa Transportation

  • Mostly by boat

    As Saaremma is an islands mostly people come here by ferry from the Estonian mainland. The ferry comes to the neighbourisland of Muhu wich connect Saaremaa with an road.We did pay (in july 2005) 175 EEK for ONE waytravel to the island (for 1 car and 2 persons). On the way back to the mainland we did pay 140 EEK (Why it was cheaper in that direction...

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  • Ferry

    The only way how to get to Saareemaa island is by ferry. You have to take ferry in a place Virtsu and go there till ferry station Kuivastu. It is possible to book tickets in Internet and you will have the priority for getting on ferry. Anyway, rows are not so long and ferries go regular and often.

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  • Ferries to both islands

    Saaremaa is reached by the ferry going from Virtsu (85 km from Haapsalu) to Kuivastu, the ferry to Hiiumaa leaves from Rohuküla near Haapsalu to Heltermaa, fligts from Tallinn go to Kuressaare and Kärdla.

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Saaremaa Local Customs

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    Fence from stones

    by LanaFromRiga Written Jan 26, 2004

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    As I mentioned befor there are too many stones in Saaremaa. Local people collect stones in they fields and bring them to houses. Year by year and you can see a big fence from stones near each house now.

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Saaremaa Tourist Traps

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    by harmoni Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    There are several modern health resorts/ SPA hotels in Kuressaare, take a look:
    http://www.saaremaaspahotels.eu/en

    Fun Alternatives: In summertime, just forget about the modern SPA conveniences and go barefoot onto the fields and meadows of Saaremaa (be aware of adders in some places though). Nothing can replace the harmony of pure nature.
    In case of chilly/cold weather just take a walk in the Kuressaare park, around the old castle, and then have a nice cup of hot coffe/tea in a small local cafe :)

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Saaremaa What to Pack

  • Changeble weather

    Be prepared for sudden strong wind and rain. I know about this and took with us warm closes, shoes and it was very right decision. During the day everything was nice - warm weather, no wind, during the evening started strong wind and rain was during all the night and next day morning.

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  • Climate on Saaremaa

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 2 - 11°C ( 36 - 51°F ); min: -3 - 6°C ( 26 - 53°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 14 - 19°C ( 59 - 66°F ); min: 9 - 14°C ( 48 - 59°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 5 - 14°C ( 51 - 59°F); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 48°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 0 - 2°C ( 32 - 36°F); min: -5 - 0°C ( 23 - 32°F )

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Saaremaa Off The Beaten Path

  • Sõrve peninsula

    Saaremaa is more than Kuressaare and Panga cliffs - the northern part of island is full of interesting places. Sõrve peninsula is one of such kind of plcaces. The most impressive object is the black-white lighthouse. It was a pitty, we came late and the lighthouse was closed. Probably it has the same working hours like other lighthouses in Estonia:...

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  • Kassari

    Kassari is an island in the South of Hiiumaa, it is connected with by two dams west and east from Käina. Kassari is a nice untouched nature paradise with interesting vegetation and wildlife.

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  • Biking and hiking

    As Saaremaa is a very flat island it is very popular to go there for biking holiday and/or for trekking........a lot of people bring their bikes there. So we did to do that!!

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Saaremaa Favorites

  • Once on Saaremaa .. visit also Hiiumaa...

    From spring to autumn there is a ferry connection between the two largest islands of Estonia - Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.So, when visiting one, it is easy to continue your travel on the other island before returning to the mainland. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands are slightly different; Hiiumaa is smaller and offers even more wild nature and real surf...

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  • Saaremaa

    The island of Saaremaa isn't very big but has a lot to offer. Main town is Kuresarre - here you find all shopping possiblities - a mall, several small stores and a lot of cafés and restaurants. Form this town it takes not more then one hour to almost every point on the island.

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  • Great place to be alone

    My friend and I didn't want to drive to Tallinn on a Sunday so we tought better to go to a beach. On our road map we discovered this island. It was one of our best ideas during our holidays.Hardly anyone on the beach, sunny weather and mild temperatures. Most of the day we strolled along the coast and gathered some shells.

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Explore Deeper into Saaremaa
Try something local
Restaurants
Angla windmills
Things to Do
By Virtsu-Kuivastu ferry
Transportation
Kuressaare Bishop Castle
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Kuressaare, the Bishop's Castle
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Hiiumaa, Kõpu Lighthouse
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Light House
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Kaali meteorite craters
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Windmills of Angla
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Kuressaare
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Getting to Saaremaa
Transportation
Remainings of WW II
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Kuressaare
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Sõrve peninsula
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Lighthouse
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Panga climbes
Favorites
The castle
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Kuresaare town
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Funny sculpture
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Ostriches in Northern Europe
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Vilsandi national park
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The capital of the island
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Meteor crater
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The windmills in Angla
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From the mainland by ferry
Transportation
Undva, Kihelkonna parish
Off The Beaten Path
Map of Saaremaa

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