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===By bus===
Buses arrive to Kuressaare from [[Tallinn]], [[Tartu]] and [[Pärnu]]. Bus schedules and a journey planner can be found at [ /en Bussireisid].
===By sea===
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 [[Latvia]]n city of [[Ventspils]], Ruhnu or Vilsandi.
===By plane===
Kuressaare Airport ({{IATA: |URE}}, {{ICAO: |EEKE}}) [] operates regular flights to [[Ruhnu]], [[Stockholm]] and [[Tallinn]]. ===By car===In winter, weather permitting, there is an ice road over the frozen Baltic sea from the mainland to the island of Muhu, which is then connected to Saaremaa by a causeway.
==Get around==
*'''Tourist Information Centre'''===By bus===There are bus routes that serve much of the island, Tallinna 2, 93819 [[Kuressaare]]including small villages. E-mail: Local bus schedules are available at [mailtohttp:[email protected]// [email protected]bussipilet.comee Bussipilet]. ===By bicycle===The island is fairly flat and the roads have little traffic, tel +372 45 33 766, +372 453 31 20, fax +372 453 31 20so biking is a pleasant way to explore the island. Bicycles can be rented in Kuressaare.
*<see name="The Kaali meteorite craters" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located 18km from Kuressaare towards Kuivastu. The most probable age of the Kaali crates is 7500-7600 years. Kaali lake is considered to be the most unique geological object in Estonia. Known as Holy Lake it also has an important place in tradition. There is archaeological evidence that it was a place of offering for many centuries.</see>
*<see name="Kaarma Church of Saints Peter and Paul" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">I's Is located on the Laadjala - Kaarma - Karja road at the six kilometer mark. The church was probably built after the 1261 rebellion. There is a medieval; baptismal font (13th century) and a wooden sculpture of St. Simon of Cyrene (mid-15th century) standing under the pulpit. The pulpit, dating from 1645, is also worth noting. The present Neo-Gothic altarpiece depicts a painting by O. von Moeller of Christ on the Cross. The Kaarma ring fort is located about 100m east of Kaarma church.</see>
[[Image:Saaremaa-karja-church.jpg|thumb|200px|The portal of Karja Church]]
* '''Kihelkonna church''' (1413th c.c) is one of the biggest country churches of in Estonia with several valuables - organ from 1805, and altarpiece "Last Supper"1596from 1591. Slim neogothic neo-gothic tower rises 60 m above the sea level and works already worked for more than 100 years as a light house and landmark for sea farers. No There is no light house any more the re, but one can have a marvellous view from the top of the tower. Jusy Just next to the church there is a medieval campanile standing on the hillside (1638, renovated in 2009). Numerous sailors from far away countries as well as local ship builders and writers, barons and other outstanding people have found their last rest at Kihelkonna cemetery - one of the biggest on Saaremaa.
* An A historic '''cobble stone road''' of 3 km leads you to Papissaare harbour - former sail ship building site. 36 big sail sailing ships were built there before the last war. Hydro plane angares hangars date back to 1913- 14 and belong among the worlds oldest monolite concrete buildings.Nowadays smoked flat fish could can be bought from there during the season and boats to Vilsandi island depart from herethere.
* '''Vilsandi island''' has given its name to the 2nd oldest nature reserve of Europe- nowadays Vilsandi National Park (1910)- silurian cliffs and fossils, birds, 36 species of wild orchids, butterfies, gray seals are only some of the highlights there.
* '''Loona manor''' - the centre of Vilsandi National Park lies 3kms 3 kms from the central village of Kihelkonna. The complex houses fossil museum, information centre, hotel, tenting area, restautantrestaurant, toursim tourism services.
* [ '''Mihkli farm museum'''] is a collection of traditional farm buildings that illustrates the old way of life on Saaremaa. It is along the road from Kuressaare to Kihelkonna, about 3 km from Kihelkonna. * '''Other sights''' in Kihelkonna parish: Odalätsi springs, Kihelkonna stronghold, site of Estonian the first mud bath in Estonia (1824), Mihkli farm museum etc.
There are many peninsulas, bluffs, lakes and villages worth visiting both in Saaremaa and the nearby islands and islets. The most notable places are '''Koguva village''', on [[Muhu]] Island, which is Estonia's best preserved village, and '''Sõrve peninsula'''.
[[Vilsandi national park]] is located on the western coast of Saaremaa and counts within its territory nearly a hundred little islets and their surrounding sea. It's a well known place by is an international bird sanctuary with over 250 recorded bird species, and therefore popular with bird watchers.
===Music Festivals===
See the article on [[Kuressaare]] for some options in the city. Outside of Kuressaare, restaurants are fairly sparse.
* [ Sääre Paargu] is a fish restaurant near the tip of the Sõrve peninsula.
* [ Kipi-Koovi] has a country restaurant in Kipi village.
* [ Lümanda Söögimaja] is a tavern housed in an old schoolhouse in Lümanda.
*The ['''Loona Manor'''] Loona mõis Loona küla, Kihelkonna vald, Saaremaa 93401 Estonia. Visit our website at
*Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa []
*Georg Ots Spa Hotel []
*Grand Rose Spa Hotel []
*Johan Spa Hotel []
*Accommodation information in Saaremaa []
The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for [ accommodation in Saaremaa].
==Stay safe==
==Get out==
The beautiful island * '''[[Hiiumaa]] Island''', well known for its lighthouses, unspoilt nature, Hill of Crosses and the sense of humour of its inhabitants. There is a ferry from Triigi on the north coast of Saaremaa to Sõru on Hiiumaa.* '''[[Muhu]]Island''' , sleepy fishing villages, working windmills, thatched cottages, plenty of deer, moose and birds. There is a causeway that links it to Saaremaa. [] is located east of Saaremaa* '''[[Pärnu]]''', historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital. There is a bridge between these two islands* '''[[Ruhnu]] Island''' can be reached by airplane from Kuressaare==Learn more==
* '''[[Hiiumaa]] IslandTourist Information Centre''', well known for its lighthousesTallinna 2, unspoilt nature, Hill of Crosses and the sense of humour of its inhabitants * '''93819 [[MuhuKuressaare]] Island''', sleepy fishing villages, working windmills, thatched cottages, plenty of deer, moose and birds* '''. E-mail: [[Pärnumailto:[email protected] [email protected]]]''', historical resort seaside city with a small harbourtel +372 45 33 766, Estonia's summer capital * '''[[Vilsandi National Park]]'''+372 453 31 20, international bird sanctuary with over 250 recorded bird speciesfax +372 453 31 20.
*[ Visit Saaremaa] tourist information web site.
*[ Saaremaa] Saaremaa information web site.
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