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!

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
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
The diameter of the round-oval shaped hill fort constitutes 120 m from the northeast to the southwest and 110 m from the southeast to the northwest, the height of the outer slope constitutes 5-8 m. The inner slope and the ridge of the wall are covered with rubble from the slate walls once laid on the rampart. Good to know: The first archaeological excavations were carried out in Valjala in 1895. An unexpected lucky discovery was an embellished hilt. The area of the yard is approx. 3600 m².
Valjala alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94302
Lööne küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94339
From the sweltering sauna steam room straight into an invigorating pond – this is a must! In spring 2016, we built a smoke sauna. In 2019, we added a barrel sauna. In 2020, we also built a sauna complex with a steam room. We recommend trying all three out! If you would like to enjoy a Saaremaa smoke sauna, then call ahead, because it takes six hours to heat the smoke sauna! The heated sauna is yours to use for the entire evening. The sauna-goers can prepare the food they have taken along on the sauna's barbecue. Heating the barrel and steam sauna takes less time! For an extra charge, you can book accommodation next to us in the Männiste Holiday House (5 people), the SIHI Country House (7 people), and Aidamaja (10 people).
Hiievälja küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94231
It is believed that a local pharmacist came up with the idea of building a Kuursaal (resort hall).  Construction took eight months, and it was officially opened on 11 June 1889. In the centre part, the so-called White Hall, housed a restaurant, while the right wing was home to a summer theatre and the left wing was used for a kitchen area and offices. The theatre mostly hosted performances by ensembles from Germany, but Estonian actors started appearing here after World War I. Good to know *In 1989 the kuursaal was named 'Best Building in Soviet Estonia 1988' *Today the Kuursaal accommodates a cafe, concerts and an open air cinema. There are cosy rooms in the guesthouse on the second floor. 
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
According to the legend Piret, the wife of Suur Tõll, was carrying rocks to Audla for a sauna stove that was being built. Unfortunately her apron strings were torn and a rock hit her foot. She started crying because of all the pain and sadness. Her tears dropped all around and formed into a bog. The bog is still called the Naistesoo, 'The Women's Bog' in Estonian. Good to know: The Boulder is 6.1 m long, 5.8 m wide, 3.8 m high and its circumference is 17.9 m.
Kõiguste küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94421
Muhu craft shop sells unique handicrafts and souvenirs characteristic of the area. Muhu embroidery is highly esteemed, finely made, and very colourful. This folk art will bring joy to every woman's life.
Liiva küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94701
At the Kalev Chocolate Store in Kuressaare you'll find a wide range of Kalev treats, including hand-made chocolates and marzipan.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
The making of the manor began in 1558. The mansion has its primal wide front stairway although building of the mansard floor on top of it and widening the windows has had a severe deforming effect. A special article of the manor is a system of paths and courses that are originated from the 18th century. These are surrounded by low stone walls with classy gates which are all well maintained. Good to know: Today there's an accommodation available in the manor. Now there is a hall for visitors that has a capacity of 100 people.
Jõgela küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93312

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