Difference between revisions of "Saaremaa"
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The capital (and only city) in Saaremaa is Kuressaare.
The territory of Saaremaa has been inhabited for about eight thousand years. The people of Saaremaa have seen many battles and been ruled over by Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia.
Saaremaa has retained its uniqueness due to its location and isolation. In the villages there are still stone fences and houses with thatched roofs. Dolomite, windmills and the famous local home-brewed beer are the symbols of Saaremaa.
The islanders' life has always been bound to the sea and the resilience of their womenfolk, kept busy toiling the land while their men were at sea.
The people of Saaremaa love jokes - especially the ones which are about their neighbours - the people of Hiiumaa. The jokes of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa folk may be lost on other Estonians, just as is British humour is sometimes not appreciated "on the continent".
There is a ferry  connection to the mainland from the island of Muhu, which is connected by a bridge to Saaremaa. One can also take a ferry to the nearby island of Hiiumaa and the Latvian city of Ventspils.
Where to stay
Other Places to see
When attempting to talk to the locals, one can try using English. If this fails, Russian is the obviuos alternative, followed by German and Finnish.
A lot of the attraction on Saaremaa are located in the city of Kuressaare.