Lot of pure nature and sightseeings.
The weather might change suddenly
maybe the "most Estonian" part of Estonia
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.
There are several modern health resorts/ SPA hotels in Kuressaare, take a look:
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 :)
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.more
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 )more
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:...more
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...more
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.more