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Saaremaa [1] is a really interesting island in Estonia. It's also the biggest island in Estonia and relatively inexpensive.

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".



Get in

By bus

Buses arrive to Kuressaare from Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. Bus schedules and journey planner can be found at Bussireisid.

By sea

There is a ferry [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 Latvian city of Ventspils.

Where to stay

  • Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa [3]
  • Georg Ots Spa Hotel [4]
  • Grand Rose Spa Hotel [5]
  • Johan Spa Hotel [6]
  • Accommodation information in Saaremaa [7]

Other Places to see

The beautiful island of Muhu [8] is located east of Saaremaa. There is a bridge between these two islands.


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.

Get around


A lot of the attraction on Saaremaa are located in the city of Kuressaare.

  • Loode Oak Forest, Kaarma vald, Saare maakond. Loode oak forest is one of the few extant naturally growing park-like forests. Many rare herb can be found there (including orchids). The forest is equipped with a bird watching platform.





Stay safe

Get out

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