This ethnic and linguistic minority living in an area covering South East Estonia and North West Russia are renowned, admired and loved for their impressive vocal heritage, traditional villages and food.
For their geographical location, religion and roots, seto culture is often viewed as existing on the border of two worlds. So, if you're looking to explore some European indigenous culture, then head to the southeastern border of Estonia to Seto traditional villages.
Setos have kept close ties to their traditional roots throughout the history and boast their own unique lifestyle including their own language and clothing customs. Setos are also well known for their ancient polyphonic singing tradition that is kept alive and well by older and younger generations alike. While in Setomaa, make sure to sample some of their home cooked pies, lake fish and dairy.
In 2007, the European Commission launched the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) competition. Setomaa - nominee in 2015 in category “EDEN. Estonia’s hidden treasures. Food tourism destination”.
Did you know that there have been over 3,000 windmills and 800 watermills in Estonia? Or that porcelain was made in Põltsamaa as early as in the 18th century?
There are over 400 churches in Estonia open to visitors. From medieval to modern, these churches offer insight into Estonia's history and culture.