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!

This church is thought to have stood in Jämaja since the 13th century, although nothing remains today of the original building. The church we see today, in Historicist style, was constructed in the second half of the 19th century. What makes it special is its proximity to the sea: the subject of its altar painting could only be found in a church where the sounds of the sea are heard through the window. Jämaja cemetery is located a little away from the church, practically on the beach. It is the only cemetery in Estonia this close to the water's edge.
Jämaja küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93238
GoodKaarma is a unique eco-farm which makes organic soaps. In the summer, the doors of the soap factory of our farm are open to everyone. Our outdoor café offers drinks and cakes, while our gift shop has a wide range of interesting souvenirs, special jewellery, organic soaps, body scrubs, earthenware  and more. Those interested can take part in soap-making workshops and make their own soap. The soap workshops are ideal for groups of 6 to 12 people and they cost 6 euros per person. The workshop for making cold-processed soaps is suitable for larger groups as well. Entrance is free for all (including groups). Groups should register beforehand.
Kuke küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93734
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
Valjala alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94302
A great opportunity to spend quality time with your children or friends rowing around the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle. Boat rental in the moat of Kuressaare Castle is open from June to August in fine weather. Life jackets are available for both adults and children.0.5 hours – 6 € 1 h – 10 € The price includes a life jacket.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
Mustjala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93601
Jõiste beach is a small and beautiful beach on the northern coast of Saaremaa; it is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, having a picnic or camping. The beach has a small sales stand, a volleyball court, a children's playground, picnic tables, a toilet and a place for charging your camper van. Good to know: there are no life guards at the Jõiste public beach, so swimming is on your own responsibility.
Jõiste küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94232
The Aavik Family house-museum is a branch of Saaremaa Museum in Kuressaare, Jänesteküla suburb, Vallimaa Street 7. The museum exhibits an overview of the life and activities of a linguist Johannes Aavik, known for modernising Estonian language, and a local cultural figure, Joosep Aavik. The museum first opened its doors on June 19th 1992 . Good to know: 1896- 1926 a linguist Johannes Aavik resided in this house. Since 1961 until his death in 1989, Joosep Aavik, Estonian organist, choir and orchestra conductor and music critic, lived in the same house.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93812
Ruhnu Kultuuriait values, researches, and preserves the local cultural heritage. We revive traditional crafts and lifestyles by adjusting them to modern conditions. We exhibit, introduce, and make Ruhnu folk costumes. The workshops are perfect for entertainment or learning new things (braiding ribbons and net, making rope, knitting on a loom, Ruhnu knitwear, making ceramics from local clay, etc.). Both children and adults can participate. The workshops must be booked in advance for groups. We offer public workshops and seminars; prices range from 5 to 30 euros.
Ruhnu küla, küla, Ruhnu vald, vald, 93001
The biggest shopping centre with the best selection of shops is waiting for you right next to Kuressaare, shining bright and far like a star in the middle of the island. Auriga (‘charioteer’ in Latin) is a name taken from the sky. It means a constellation in the northern sky that is always clearly visible to us alongside one of its brightest stars, Capella.
Kudjape alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93892

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