Forget what you think you know about Estonia. For this unique, Northern European destination will surprise you again and again. A lower-than-average population means it boasts vast swathes of pine-filled forests in which serene spas can be found. With its UNESCO-listed old town and top-notch eateries, the Estonian capital of Tallinn is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most enchanting cities.
Tallin’s UNESCO-listed old town is a fairy-tale vision of turrets, domes and spires overlooking cobbled streets. But the capital city also boasts glossy modern shopping malls, superb restaurants and a thriving contemporary art scene. The university town of Tartu has its own eclectic mix of beautiful historic buildings and tranquil parks, with a vibrancy courtesy of its student population.
Sprawling stretches of greenery across half of the country mean you are never far from a secluded spot in Estonia. If breathing in the pine-scented air isn’t enough to rejuvenate you, the sublime (and reasonably-priced) spas are sure to do the trick. Think traditional therapies in serene countryside retreats. Or high-tech treatments in chic city spas. It’s your choice how you prefer to be pampered.
Much like its culture, Estonia’s culinary scene has been influenced and enriched by its neighbouring countries. Estonian eateries serve up dishes that blend Scandinavian, German, Russian and even French nouvelle cuisine. From traditional Nordic fare to gourmet fusion food – just about everything is on offer. For considerably less than you would pay in most European cities, too, making it fantastic for foodies.
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