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!

Maasi medieval fort-castle was built with the forced labour of islanders. That's how the ruling Liivi order punished indigenous inhabitants for the uprising, which had destroyed orders previous stronghold. Seaside fort-castle was undefeated until blown up by Danes. 8m walls that survived the destruction have become a landmark. Good to know: On August 11th, 1576, Danish king Frederik II ordered Maasi stronghold destroyed, it has been in ruins ever since.
Laheküla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94627
The home gallery of artist Külliki Järvila offers her graphic drawings, watercolour paintings and bookplates. You can make an appointment to see how graphic drawings are printed.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93812
Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, also known as Kuressaare Castle, is one of the most interesting and best preserved fortresses in Estonia. The castle has become one of the most remarkable buildings in Northern Europe built during the 14th–19th century. There is a history museum which tells stories of the distant past and recent history of Saaremaa and the locals through permanent exhibitions and travelling exhibitions. There are also activities for both children and adults – from treasure hunts to archery! Look at the virtual tour of the castle and the castle yard here.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
Kuressaare Raegalerii is an art gallery whose exhibitions are aimed at introducing the art heritage of Estonia as well as professional and amateur art created in Saaremaa. You can learn about the building of the Town Hall and its history if you are interested. The halls can be booked for festive occasions.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
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
Kallaste küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93462
Salme alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93201
Kuressaare beach is one of the warmest sandy beaches in Estonia. Thanks to its low water level and the fact that the bay warms quickly, it is perfect for families with small children. The beach has its own toilets and changing cabins. There is also a children's playground where the little ones can have fun climbing, swinging and in the sand, all of which parents can keep an eye on in comfort. The official beach season is from 1 June–31 August. Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00 to 20:00 every day. Keep an eye on the flags: green means it is safe to swim and that the water is warmer than 18ºC; yellow means swimming is not recommended for small children and the elderly; and red means swimming is not recommended for anyone, as the water is cooler than 16ºC.
Kuressaare, linn, 93815
Taaliku küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald
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

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