Here are 10 reasons to go to Estonia, one of Europe’s most economical Eurozones.
1. Estonian Islands
There are about 2000 islands in Estonia. The most visited of these islands are Saaremaa, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi. In these islands, leaving everything behind and getting lost is enough to rest your soul. In the islands life still preserves the traditional way of life.
2. Small Country
The country’s smallness makes it easy to navigate and to see everywhere in Estonia. From the capital city of Tallinn, you can reach the country’s second largest city, Tartu, on a 2 hour journey. On this trip you can enjoy the forests that make up 50% of the country hosting Estonia’s wildlife.
3. Estonia Coast
Estonia’s beaches are a popular spot for tourists and locals in the summer months. Furthermore, from windsurfing to sailing, there are plenty of water activities for those looking for an active holiday in Estonia.
4. Tallinn Oldtown
This 1100-year-old city is one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Moreover, at the center there is the 600-year-old Town Hall and the lively square, which is the best in the world, surrounded by modern art galleries and street vendors selling Baltic amber jewels.
5. Seaplane Harbour
The most exciting maritime museum in Europe is located at the Port of Seaplane. Furthermore, there are about 200 unique works exhibited in the historic seaplane hangar: a submarine called Lembit, a century-old icebreaker Suur Tõll, a ship named Short 184, the remains of the oldest ship in Estonia and much more.
6. Soomaa National Park
There is a feature that distinguishes Soomaa National Park from other national parks, this national park is flooded at a certain time of year. Kano is one of the best ways of knowing Soomaa. Moreover, underwater underground canoes make it a unique experience. The water level is at the top at the end of March or at the beginning of April. There are also many hiking trails and camping areas in the area.
7. Saremaa Island
Saremaa Island is the largest island in Estonia. The places that you should definitely see on the island are the windmills identified with the island, the meteor lake, the panga, the saare lighthouse located at the southernmost tip of the island, Kuressaare and karujärv (bear) lake of the island.
Tallinn is one of the most accessible capital cities. Furthermore, there are daily ferries to Helsinki and Stockholm, Moscow and St. Petersburg. There’s a train to Petersburg.
Estonia has free WiFi hotspots everywhere. Estonia is also the birthplace of large companies such as Skype and Hotmail. It is no surprise that this small Baltic country has the title of the most advanced digital society in the world.
Estonia is one of the most organic countries in the world. You will not have a problem such as having a healthy diet in this country because the Estonians already pay much attention to it. Moreover, you can find fresh, clean, organic food in Estonia even in the forest. There are edible flavors such as blueberries, blackberries and mushrooms in the Estonia forests, which make up the majority of the country.
Tourism in Estonia
In Estonia, Tallinn is the center of interest for tourists. The historic Oldtown with its many tourist attractions is one of the most impressive medieval centers of Europe.
Estonia is a country of great nature in Europe with forests covering more than 50% of the country, with about 2000 islands. Over 3 million tourists visited Estonia in 2017.
Best Time to Travel to Estonia
Estonia is a Baltic state with borders with Latvia and Russia in northern Europe. The coast of Estonia has the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. The capital of the country with a population of 1.3 million is Tallinn. Here you will see a country that is now a member of the European Union but formerly under Soviet occupation. The fortifications and monuments of Tallinn, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, are almost undisturbed.
The Narva War History Festival is held every August. During the festival, where participation is free, the atmosphere of the Northern War from the most famous wars of the history of the country in Narva city is staged and the city becomes the stage of the theater, filling the streets of the city of the actors wearing the costumes of the indigenous people and soldiers of that time. Another major festival in the country is the Estonian Theater Festival, which takes place in Tartumaa in the first week of September every year. Many critics also come together during the event, which is attended by many foreign theater groups.
Weather in Estonia
The coast of Estonia, which has a temperate climate, is humid and cool. Inland, the effects of continental climate are felt. The average temperature in winter is -6 degrees. So that the waters around Hiiumaa and Saaremaa islands become frozen in January and remain so for three months.
The best time to visit the Estonia is from April and May until the beginning of September.
When July and August are hot, sometimes the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius. However, the average summer temperature is 16-17 degrees.
At the same time, in the summer months when heavy rainfall is observed, almost half of the month is rainy. The month of least rainfall is April. It is advised that those who travel to Estonia should be prepared for the rain regardless of the period in which you are going.
Even though the summer months are quite hot, August is the rainiest time of the month. Since the country climate varies from region to region, it is advisable to consider the climatic conditions of the route you are going to go.
Seasons in Estonia
- Spring – March, April and May.
- Summer – June, July and August.
- Autumn – September, October and November.
- Winter – December, January and February.