Formerly Soviet, pine-forested Estonia is a Baltic beauty. Go for holidays in Tallinn, the capital. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this turreted, fairy-tale city is just a ferry ride across from Helsinki, Finland. The second biggest city, Tartu, is beautiful, old and lively. Visit the wild island of Saaremaa: it’s as large as Luxembourg. Make the trip to see natural beauty among lonely lighthouses, ramshackle windmills and great spas.
Tallinn wears its history proudly in a mantle of thick old walls. The twisting cobbled streets and squat stone turrets transport you hundreds of years into the past. The popular open air museum gives you a taste of Estonian rural life. In the south, Tartu dates from 1030. It’s a medieval pocket of culture, with good cinemas, nightlife and festivals, courtesy of its students.
Estonia possesses unspoilt natural beauty: swathes of pine forest, rocky Baltic beaches and 1,500 islands, including Kihnu where women still wear traditional dress. For reconnecting with nature like a true Estonian, visit the island of Saaremaa, once cut off from the mainland under Soviet rule. It remains a cultural throwback and a unique escape.
With its mires and dark spruce forests, Estonia’s landscape is a mine for myth and story. Its old, proud heritage lay unwavering under Soviet rule. Magnificent onion-domed Russian churches show its remaining links to its greater neighbour but, with Helsinki just a two-hour ferry away, Estonia also indulges in its pick of Scandinavian traditions. Try its Nordic cuisine, revitalising spas and saunas.
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