Ontika Limestone cliff

Estonia’s highest limestone cliff, the Ontika cliff that is up to 55 metres high, is like a stone nature book, revealing the layers of various eras to the viewer. The best place to see the cliff is from the observation platform built near the Valaste cascade. Or take a hike along the coastal hiking trail to discover the unique forest on the limestone cliff.
Interesting facts:
  • The Ontika Limestone cliff is the highest part of the over 1,100-km-long Baltic limestone bank that starts in Sweden on the Island of Öland and ends in Russia near Lake Ladoga.
  • The limestone cliff runs 23 kilometres from the Village of Saka to the vicinity of Toila, thus being the longest uninterrupted part of the cliff.


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    • GreteSmiles GreteSmiles

      Beautiful, especially in winter!

      Ontika Limestone Cliff is one of the places where Estonian primary school students usually have their school excursions to. It's the country's highest limestone cliff (55m) but actually the whole...

    • Ruukel Ruukel

      Special Place

      Ontika cliff is worth to see and feel if you are travelling on the Northern coast of Estland. Baltic Clint as a whole is very interesting, but Ontika has one of the greatest views.

    • OlgaTogi OlgaTogi

      Впечатляющее место, мимо которого большинство проезжает

      Центровым и обязательным для посещения местом является, конечно водопад Валесте. Зимой, в мороз он производит неизгадимое впечатление! Над ним сделан мостик, и вокруг него все деревья покрываются...

    Features and amenities


    Ontika küla, Kohtla vald, Ida-Viru maakond

    Getting there

    A sign at the 158th kilometre of the Tallinn-Narva Hwy (E20) says Valaste Cascade 6 km.


    • Signposted
    • By car
    • Sealed access road
    • By excursion bus


    59°26'38''N 27°20'8''E | Download GPX file