Culture & history

People have always been inspired by the mystery and remoteness of islands. It's true that the more inaccessible a place, 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.

The summer begins with a Boat Race (Vallikraavi Veeralli), when all sorts of odd rafts can be seen racing around the fortress. The best opera performances in Estonia and from our neighbouring countries are played on the castle yard opera house on Saaremaa Opera Days. 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.