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!

Kuressaare town hall was built in 1654-1670. The initiator of town hall building was count M. G. De la Gardie. Town hall is simple and dour but appears to be grand representative of so called northern baroque the decoration of which is hewed portal that dates 1670. On top of the portal on the cornice You can see the writing in Latin: SEMPER OFFICIO FUNGITUR UTILITATI HOMINUM CONSULENS ET SOCIETATI ANNO MDCLXX Interesting to know: The ceiling of town hall second floor hall is decorated the biggest ceiling painting of Estonia of all times. On the first floor of town hall there are town hall gallery and tourist information office, on the second floor - Kuressaare City Council
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
Muhu Church has been mentioned in chronicles since 1267. The church is a beautiful building in early Gothic style. The interior of Muhu Church boasts high ceilings with high domical arches and cross vaults in the choir section. Fragments of murals that date back to the 1330s have been preserved on the northern and eastern walls of the church’s choir room. You can see a rare trapeze-shaped grave plate from the 12th or the 13th century in the church wall above the door leading to the staircase. Interesting facts: Muhu Church is one of the rural churches with the most beautiful proportions in Estonia. The pulpit of Muhu Church is one of the oldest in Saare County. The church has also been used as a defence facility.
Liiva küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94701
Mändjala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93871
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
Vilsandi Lighthouse was built in 1809. The important lighthouse was renovated several times, the most recent extensive repairs were done in 1957 and the lighthouse has not changed since. The period from 1910 to 1941, when the lighthouse was managed by Mr Artur Toom, was one of the most interesting in the history of Vilsandi Lighthouse. He established the Vaika Bird Protection Area, which grew into Vilsandi National Park. Interesting facts: • The height of Vilsandi Lighthouse from its foot is 37 metres and it is 40 metres above sea level. • Visibility from Vilsandi Lighthouse is 18 nautical miles.
Vilsandi küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93421
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
Lööne küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94339
Kudjape alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93892
In 2008, two wrecks of ancient ships were discovered in the ground in Salme rural municipality which changed the course of naval history. This is the oldest ship wreck found in Estonia that dates back to the 8th century. The ship was discovered with the skeletal remains of seven people, two swords, a couple of spear heads, about ten knives, gaming pieces and some dice. According to archaeologists, this find is unique in the entire Europe because never before has anyone discovered a so-called warrior burial dating from that period and containing so many fallen warriors. The ancient ships were covered with soil after research was completed. Today, a row of concrete benches indicating the size of the ships and an information board stand at the site.
Salme alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93201
Tuhkana beach, in Northern Saaremaa, is one of the best places for swimming in Saaremaa. With a sandy shore 500 metres wide - the beach is unlike others in South Saaremaa in that you don't have to walk far to reach its deep waters. With the beaches' roaring waves - made more powerful with the strong north wind, or the beaches' volleyball court, there is something for everyone. A boardwalk, from the parking lot to the beach, running through the neighbouring pine forest is a good chance for a walk; and the beaches other surrounding forests give visitors the opportunity to pick mushrooms and berries before taking a break at the RMK recreation area's picnic table, information stand and outhouse.
Murika küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94272

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