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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Buses arrive to Kuressaare from [[Tallinn]], [[Tartu]] and [[Pärnu]]. Bus schedules and a journey planner can be found at [http://www.tpilet.ee/en Bussireisid].
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Buses arrive to Kuressaare from [[Tallinn]], [[Tartu]] and [[Pärnu]]. Bus schedules and journey planner can be found at [http://www.bussireisid.ee Bussireisid].
  
 
===By sea===
 
===By sea===
There is a '''ferry''' [http://www.tuulelaevad.ee/index.php?lang=en] 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]], Ruhnu or Vilsandi.
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There is a '''ferry''' [http://www.laevakompanii.ee/index.php?keel=2] 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]].
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Kuressaare Airport ({{IATA|URE}}, {{ICAO|EEKE}}) [http://www.eeke.ee] operates regular flights to [[Ruhnu]], [[Stockholm]] and [[Tallinn]].
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Kuressaare Airport (IATA: URE, ICAO: EEKE) [http://www.eeke.ee] 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==
 
==Get around==
  
===By bus===
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*'''Tourist Information Centre''', Tallinna 2, 93819 [[Kuressaare]]. E-mail: [mailto:[email protected].com [email protected].com], tel +372 45 33 766, +372 453 31 20, fax +372 453 31 20.
There are bus routes that serve much of the island, including small villages. Local bus schedules are available at [http://www.bussipilet.ee Bussipilet].
 
 
 
===By bicycle===
 
The island is fairly flat and the roads have little traffic, so biking is a pleasant way to explore the island.  Bicycles can be rented in Kuressaare.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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*<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="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="">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>
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*<see name="Kaarma Church of Saints Peter and Paul" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">I's 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]]
 
[[Image:Saaremaa-karja-church.jpg|thumb|200px|The portal of Karja Church]]
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===Kihelkonna===
 
===Kihelkonna===
  
* '''Kihelkonna church''' (13th c.) is one of the biggest country churches in Estonia with several valuables - organ from 1805 and altarpiece "Last Supper" from 1591. Slim neo-gothic tower rises 60 m above the sea level and worked for more than 100 years as a light house and landmark for sea farers. There is no light house any more, but one can have a marvellous view from the top of the tower. Just next to the church there is a 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.
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* '''Kihelkonna church''' (14.c) is one of the biggest country churches of Estonia with several valuables - organ 1805, altarpiece "Last Supper"1596. Slim neogothic tower rises 60 m above the sea level and works already more than 100 years as a light house and landmark for sea farers. No light house any more the re, but one can have a marvellous view from the top of the tower. Jusy 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.
  
* A historic '''cobble stone road''' of 3 km leads you to Papissaare harbour - former sail ship building site. 36 big sailing ships were built there before the last war. Hydro plane hangars date back to 1913-14 and belong among the worlds oldest monolite concrete buildings. Nowadays smoked flat fish can be bought there during season and boats to Vilsandi island depart from there.
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* An historic '''cobble stone road''' of 3 km leads you to Papissaare harbour - former sail ship building site. 36 big sail ships were built there before the last war. Hydro plane angares date back to 1913- 14 and belong among the worlds oldest monolite concrete buildings.Nowadays smoked flat fish could be bought from there during the season and boats to Vilsandi island depart from here.
  
* '''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.
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* '''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 3 kms from the central village of Kihelkonna. The complex houses fossil museum, information centre, hotel, tenting area, restaurant, tourism services.
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* '''Loona manor''' - the centre of Vilsandi National Park lies 3kms from the central village of Kihelkonna. The complex houses fossil museum, information centre, hotel, tenting area, restautant, toursim services.
  
* [http://www.saaremaamuuseum.ee/en/branches/mihkli-farm-museum/ '''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.
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* '''Other sights''' in Kihelkonna parish: Odalätsi springs, Kihelkonna stronghold, site of Estonian first mud bath (1824), Mihkli farm museum etc.
 
 
* '''Other sights''' in Kihelkonna parish: Odalätsi springs, Kihelkonna stronghold, site of the first mud bath in Estonia (1824), etc.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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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'''.
 
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 is an international bird sanctuary with over 250 recorded bird species, and therefore popular with bird watchers.
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[[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 bird watchers.
  
 
===Music Festivals===
 
===Music Festivals===
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
See the article on [[Kuressaare]] for some options in the city.  Outside of Kuressaare, restaurants are fairly sparse.
 
* [http://www.saarepaargu.ee/index.php?set_lang=eng Sääre Paargu] is a fish restaurant near the tip of the Sõrve peninsula.
 
* [http://www.kipikoovi.ee/ Kipi-Koovi] has a country restaurant in Kipi village.
 
* [http://www.soogimaja.planet.ee/ Lümanda Söögimaja] is a tavern housed in an old schoolhouse in Lümanda.
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
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*The [http://www.camploona.ee'''Loona Manor'''] Loona mõis Loona küla, Kihelkonna vald, Saaremaa 93401 Estonia. Visit our website at http://www.camploona.ee
 
*Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa [http://www.arensburg.eu]
 
*Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa [http://www.arensburg.eu]
 
*Georg Ots Spa Hotel [http://www.gospa.ee]
 
*Georg Ots Spa Hotel [http://www.gospa.ee]
 
*Grand Rose Spa Hotel [http://www.grandrose.ee]
 
*Grand Rose Spa Hotel [http://www.grandrose.ee]
 
*Johan Spa Hotel [http://www.johan.ee]
 
*Johan Spa Hotel [http://www.johan.ee]
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*Accommodation information in Saaremaa [http://www.saaremaa.ee/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=771&Itemid=327&lang=en]
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The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for [http://www.visitestonia.com/en/holiday-destinations/the-islands/saaremaa-island accommodation in Saaremaa].
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
* '''[[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.
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The beautiful island of '''[[Muhu]]''' [http://www.muhu.info] is located east of Saaremaa. There is a bridge between these two islands.
* '''[[Muhu]] Island''', sleepy fishing villages, working windmills, thatched cottages, plenty of deer, moose and birds.  There is a causeway that links it to Saaremaa. [http://www.muhu.info]
 
* '''[[Pärnu]]''', historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital.
 
* '''[[Ruhnu]] Island''' can be reached by airplane from Kuressaare.
 
 
 
==Learn more==
 
  
*'''Tourist Information Centre''', Tallinna 2, 93819 [[Kuressaare]]. E-mail: [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]], tel +372 45 33 766, +372 453 31 20, fax +372 453 31 20.
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* '''[[Hiiumaa]] Island''', well known for its lighthouses, unspoilt nature, Hill of Crosses and the sense of humour of its inhabitants
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* '''[[Muhu]] Island''', sleepy fishing villages, working windmills, thatched cottages, plenty of deer, moose and birds
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* '''[[Pärnu]]''', historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital
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* '''[[Vilsandi National Park]]''', international bird sanctuary with over 250 recorded bird species
  
*[http://visitsaaremaa.ee/index.php?lang=en Visit Saaremaa] tourist information web site.
 
*[http://www.saaremaa.ee/  Saaremaa] Saaremaa information web site.
 
 
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