Saaremaa attractions

Saaremaa has always attracted its guests with our wildlife, history and friendly people. Add some beautiful sandy beaches and joyful culture events for a truly memorable holiday. The top 6 Saaremaa attractions throughout the years have been:

 

  • Kuressaare bishopric castle-fortification, telling a colourful story of the past of Saaremaa with its rooms full of history. Today the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum.
  • Kaali meteorite crater, demonstrating the power and unpredictability of the nature. The approximate time of Kaali meteorite fall is 7500-7600 years ago. Meteorite fall caused big damages on already inhabited Saaremaa, it could be compared to explosion of atomic bomb.
  • Angla windmill hill and heritage culture centre, teaching us about ancient traditions and way of life. Four out of the five windmills on Angla Windmill mount are typical trestle windmills characteristic of the island of Saaremaa. A slightly taller windmill is Dutch-style windmill. At Angla heritage cultural centre you can take part of number of workshops - trying your hand at pottery, felting, bread-making and more.
  • Panga bluff, painting a picture of the Ice Age, crust uplift and ancient plant and insect fossils. Panga cliff is the highest bedrock outcrop in western Estonia and its islands.
  • Vilsandi National Park, allowing us to admire the beauty of wildlife in orchids, flocks of migrating birds and lighthouses. Vilsandi is the oldest nature protection area in the Baltics, founded as a bird reserve in 1910.
  • Sääre lighthouse, which is the highest with it’s 52 meters in the Baltic Sea, guarantees a beautiful view to the surroundings from the viewing platform
Panga bluff is the highest cliff in the West-Estonia and one of the best known Saaremaa attractions
Panga bluff // Photo: Valmar Voolaid

In addition to traditional attractions...

... sunny hiking trails, galleries full of art, handicraft workshops, architecture full of history and unspoiled wildlife are yours to discover. For more inspiration read our travel magazine Visit Saaremaa online here. From the magazine you will find inspiration for where to go and what to do, what to eat on the island. You can read about local folk clothing and bonnets (tanud) and about the convent at Reomäe. Saaremaa waits to be discovered!

There are previous written memos about Kõljala manor dating from 1509. The earliest parts of the building preserved till nowadays in cellar of the main house however date from 17th century. Even though the master house of those days was one-storied limestone building it is known that the rooms were illuminated by ten brass chandeliers, in front of the windows were gold-braid curtains and on the walls twelve big Flemish carpets. New bigger construction period took place in the manor in 18th century. Interesting to know: In the manor there is 400 volume library consisting mainly of classics works from 17-18th centuries.
Kõljala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94102
Visitors to the water park can use the four-lane standard size swimming pool.  Children can have fun with the 52-metre water slide and in the children's pool. The Jacuzzi can accommodate ten people.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
Sõrve Military Museum is at the very end of Sõrve peninsula, in former Border Guard barracks. Founded in order to preserve and promote local history, this modest museum showcases local life and has displays of the military presence and activities here. Among its exhibits there is a very old stone blackboard, parts of an old Swedish military vessel and rifles that have seen better days! There is also a marked track starting from the museum which highlights the military history of the area.
Sääre küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93249
Laadla küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93112
The main hall and spacious foyers of the Cultural Centre are used for exhibitions of art, handicrafts and cultural history.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
Established in 1780 town graveyard together with chapels in classicistic style is under protection as architectural memory. Among the chapels the most beautiful are built in 1848 into main gates of the graveyard rooms with colonnade facade in the shape of little Greek temple. Graveyard itself is like a museum of sculpture and hammered art. Here we can see plenty of crypt graves covered with heavy stone plates and tasteful masterfully fine-tuned classicistic grave monuments that often have the shape of urn or vase all dating into first half of the 19th century. Interesting to know: In the graveyard there are the graves of four outstanding persons.
Kudjape alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93851
Salme alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93201
You can see how blacksmiths work in the smithy of the Blacksmiths of Saaremaa in Saikla village. You can also buy the blacksmits' work from the store next door. Saaremaa Sepad was founded in 1997 as a family business, focused on making construction and decorating products. The product list includes more than 300 different products and we also take special orders. Our goal is to satisfy clients by providing the best service and quality.
Saikla küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94634
The windmill was opened to visitors on May 17th 1980. The predecessor of a windmill is a quern, which was first turned manually, then with the power of water and later also wind. Small farm windmills of Western Estonia and the islands are rather unique nature in the rural architecture; similar features can be noted in Scandinavia and Western Finland. Good to know: Although the windmills have lost their economic importance by today, the Eemu trestle windmill has remained the acknowledged symbol in Muhu, enriching the landscape and witnessing the tough work, done by our ancestors.
Linnuse küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94727
A lighthouse with a red metal cylindrical tower made in the Le Havre plant in France was erected on Håubjärre Hill, the highest spot on Ruhnu Island, in 1877. The metal tower is more than a hundred years old and still in working order. Interesting facts: • the height of the lighthouse is 39.5 metres, 65 metres above seal level • it is the only lighthouse of its type left in the Baltic Sea region • the tower was designed by the same engineer who created the detailed plan of the Eiffel Tower (Gustave Eiffel)
Ruhnu küla, küla, Ruhnu vald, vald, 93001

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