8 Best Summer Spots in Estonia

View of Haapsalu
View of Haapsalu | © yegorovnick/Shutterstock
Elizabeth Georgian

The summer in Estonia might be the best time to visit this beautiful country, as you can truly take advantage of spending time outdoors without needing to worry about the weather. There are numerous wonderful places to visit that are easily reachable by car and boat from capital city, Tallinn. Read on to learn our favorite summer spots in Estonia.

1. Parnu

Resort

Soomaa National Park, Soomaa rahvuspark
Parnu is Estonia’s ultimate summertime resort. Here, visitors will find relaxing spa hotels, saunas, a luxurious white sand beach, and large parks. This destination is incredibly family-friendly, with numerous playgrounds, restaurants with toys, and plenty of activities to keep active kids entertained all day long. Parnu also provides easy access to Soomaa National Park, which has several handicapped and stroller accessible trails.

2. Tallinn

Though Tallinn is great at any time of year, the summertime allows visitors to spend the long summer days exploring Tallinn’s medieval old town and the hip Kalamaja district. Festivals and outdoor music events also abound at Telliskivi Creative City, which is a complex of warehouses that now hold offices, design stores, and tasty restaurants. Those seeking an escape from the summertime crowds could opt to visit Tallinn’s nearby beach: Pirita Beach.

Telliskivi 60a, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia

3. Saaremaa Island

Kaali Crater, 94143 Saare County, Estonia

View of Saaremaa | © Gwynbleid/Shutterstock

Vilsandi National Park

Just along the northwest coast of Saaremaa Island is Vilsandi National Park, which is known for its natural landscapes and excellent bird watching. This coastal national park is composed of several small islands as well as a small portion of the coast of Saaremaa, allowing visitors to easily reach this park from the main settlement of Saaremaa – Kuressaare.

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4. Tartu

Cathedral, Museum, Ruins, University

Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia and is well-known for Tartu University, which was founded in 1632 by the Swedish King Gustav Adolphus. A thriving intellectual atmosphere, beautiful architecture, and young population make Tartu a summertime (or year round!) must visit. While in Tartu, visitors can explore Tartu University, Cathedral Ruins, the Town Hall, KGB Cells Museum, and dive into Estonia’s former pagan traditions at the Sacrificial Stone.

Tartu University, Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

5. Lahemaa National Park

Art Gallery, Museum, Park

Viru Bogs | ©Anna Grigorjeva/Shutterstock

6. Haapsalu

Resort

© yegorovnick/Shutterstock

View of Haapsalu | © yegorovnick/Shutterstock

7. Narva

©Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock

Narva Castle | ©Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock

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