Take a walk in Kuressaare town and admire its historic architecture: influenced by different rulers and cultures and built over centuries, it’s versatile and enchanting.
There are plenty of hotels, spa & wellness centres available and discovering a culinary adventure is easy here – from cosy cafés to country style pubs, high class restaurants to home cooking in nearby tourist farms. The town’s small size is an advantage most places are easily accessible on foot and it’s easy to find a change of scenery. Most modern places in Kuressaare are easily accessible, though you may require assistance when travelling in a wheelchair.
Be sure to visit the local Tourism Information Centre for a fresh schedule of events, maps of the area, assistance in booking services or simply getting tips on what’s best at the moment.
Each year, Saaremaa attracts thousands of culture minded people: Kuressaare’s events schedule is versatile and comprehensive, offering something for everyone, regardless of their age or interests.
For a few weeks each July, Kuressaare Episcopal castle is turned into a glamorous opera theatre. Saaremaa Opera Days is an international event, sold out months in advance and featuring world class operas from theatres all over the world. Red carpets are rolled out, giant chandeliers lit and the outdoor theatre accommodates 1500 people , welcoming world class singers on stage: it’s as luxurious and culture-indulging as it can get!
Other major events in Kuressaare and Saaremaa include the Maritime Festival (maritime history, historic ships opened for visitors, sailor songs and plenty of fun for children), Castle Days (with medieval fight displays and other Hanseatic entertainment, medieval cuisine and beautiful costumes) and the Kuressaare Rally.
Spa & Wellness:
Water and wellness enthusiasts can enjoy the facilities of 7 spa-hotels and hundreds of different treatments in Kuressaare. For a town this small, over 1000 hotel beds may sound like a lot, but you still need to book your accommodation well in advance, especially if you are planning a summer holiday. Different festivals and cultural events increase the number of tourists even more and there is no doubt Kuressaare is one of the most beloved holiday destinations in Estonia.
Kuressaare was the first town in Estonia to be accepted as a member of World Health Organisation’s listing of Healthy Cities: enjoy the clean air, beautiful scenery, wellness and spa treatments offered here.
Sports and active living:
Why not combine your culture and wellness holiday with some sports? After all, a healthy mind is a healthy body.
- Saaremaa Golf operates one of the best full size golf courses in Estonia and there are 2 indoor golf simulators available for winter seasons, too.
- Kuressaare Town Run (linnajooks) is an annual event to celebrate the town’s birthday and promote healthier lifestyles.
- There are over 20km tracks available for rollerblading and cycling, the town centre itself is ideal for walking and the sea shore promenade attracts morning runners.
- Kuressaare beach, located right next to the Episcopal castle, has clean water, white sand and playgrounds for children.
- Saaremaa Velotuur is an annual bike race – you are welcome to stay on the sidelines watching or you can participate (and rent a bike). Just remember, you would be up against the best of the best!