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
Top attractions in Kuressaare
Top attractions on Saaremaa

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!

One of the oldest department stores in Saaremaa is in the centre of Kuressaare. You can find anything from household goods to cosmetics on the two floors. A phone store, pet shop and pharmacy are on the first floor of the department store. Parking is easy: just use the large guarded car park behind the store.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93814
At the activity centre, you can spend some lovely time, take a step back in time (for a couple of hundred years), and try everything out on your own. The building, which is nearly 200 years old, includes a hall of guns and armour, a medieval torture chamber, an ancient clothing showroom, and an artisan's workshop. In the courtyard, you can try shooting a bow or a crossbow, pet rabbits, see a water wheel with a unique area for water games, a ballista, a smithy, visit an area for woodwork, try coin minting, play other skill and mind games, and much more. But let us leave that for you to discover. It is possible to organise celebrations and events for groups outside the opening hours of the centre at an agreed price.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93811
Kaarma one-nave church was established in the second half of 13th century and was later rebuilt to be a two-nave church. Church is decorated with ornamental and figural fragments of frescos in secco technique that are the same age as initial church. Near pulpit You can see polychromous wooden sculpture of St.Joseph that belongs to Northern-German school. Interesting to know: First time on Saaremaa the supporting pillars were used in Kaarma church The eastern wall of church's chorus is decorated with rare in Estonia triple window The prototype for pulpit of Kaarma church was a pulpit of Lübeck church
Kaarma-Kirikuküla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93752
The only windmill hill in Saaremaa that has preserved its appearance awaits you in Angla. Four of the five Angla windmills are typical trestle windmills characteristic of the island of Saaremaa. They were built at the beginning of the last century. The Dutch-style windmill was built in 1927. Here, you can get acquainted with historical agricultural machines and during the summer season, with several farm animals and birds. There is a museum introducing local folk culture, a café, a souvenir shop, and a party hall. You can also participate in different workshops upon reservation.Good to know: the windmills were last restored in 2009–2011. Both the Dutch windmill and the trestle windmill are open. You can also have a picnic here.
Angla küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94244
A historical cobblestone road runs from Kihelkonna to Papissaare harbour; a boat captain will take your group to Vilsandi from there. This is a time to enjoy the views and take photos. Then, you will travel at the back of a truck to a lighthouse, so you can enjoy the wonderful view of Vaika islands, where the preservation of nature in the Baltic countries began in 1910. You will learn how the first nature protection area was established in Estonia, and we will talk about the times when Vilsandi was a busy and active island of seamen and ship builders. The coastal trip then takes you for a meal in a tourism farm; after lunch, you will travel on the truck back to the harbour and take a boat back to Saaremaa. Comfortable hiking footwear and wind-proof clothing is essential.
Kihelkonna alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93401
Mändjala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93871
This trip takes you to the coastline of Western Saaremaa's peninsulas and islets, and you can put together your own itinerary. The start and end point of the trip is the beach on Lahetaguse Bay close to Toomalõuka farm. Kayaking along the coast takes around 1.5 hours, after which you can walk for up to 1.5 hours on the islets (and have a picnic if you like) before we head back again by sea. Once back, you can share your stories around the barbecue, in the sauna and in the hot tub.
Toomalõuka küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93261
Summer, sun, island, history – all you need is a sunset, the sea, and good music. You will find all this on the concert and sunset cruises on the sailing ship Hoppet in Kuressaare Bay, Saaremaa. The ship departs from Kuressaare Castle on summer evenings and it can accommodate up to 50 guests. There are concerts for everyone: lovers of ethno and traditional music, jazz, sailors' songs, and contemporary digital music. Book a private tour or join a planned event (tickets can be found on Facebook and the website). We also serve local coastal dishes and craft drinks on board.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
The Military Equipment Museum of Saaremaa is a growing visiting centre with an exposition of about 12,000 items introducing the war history of the 20th century in Saaremaa.  The goal of the museum is establishing a unique exposition and organising restoration classes, thematic hikes, and camps. In June 2013, the museum will present an exposition hall dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia; the expo introduces the Estonian War of Independence, armoured trains and much more.
Põripõllu küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald
Mändjala beach is the southernmost beach in Estonia. If the sun becomes too intense or you get thirsty, a beach bar, beach chairs and hammocks hung between pine trees are waiting for you. After extensive cleaning work and developments, Mändjala became the official swimming beach of Saaremaa in 2014.
Mändjala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93871

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