Is there anything better than to drive at your own leisure in one of Europe's most culturally alive and naturally spellbinding countries? It is for you to find out!
If you have already experienced the Estonian capital Tallinn, it is time to explore further and discover how life feels and looks on some of Estonia’s biggest islands: Saaremaa, Muhumaa and Hiiumaa. Road trips in Estonia are a great way to relax and be adventurous at the same time in exactly the way you want – you are in the driver’s seat! You will also soon realise that island life beats differently from the mainland rhythm on these shores of the Baltic Sea.
Note: If you only have a weekend to spare, choose either leg 1 or 2 and then continue to leg 3. This way, you can easily visit at least one of the islands and not feel rushed. If you decide to stretch your road trip over 3-4 days, you can visit all three of the biggest islands and fit in more detours while on the road. Either way, you will be on a journey that will reveal more than you expected it to.
LEG #1: Tallinn - Virtsu - Saaremaa
From Tallinn, head to Virtsu Harbour and take the first ferry of the day to Saaremaa. If you’re doing this in the summer months, it is best to book a ticket in advance. On the way to Virtsu Harbour, you can stop at Saue Manor to have a quick peek at the most beautiful and valuable manors in the Baltic countries. Head straight to the harbour from there.
Saaremaa, the biggest island of Estonia, comes with a rich cultural and natural history. Its capital, Kuressaare, is home to a majestic and well-preserved 14th-century castle which makes for exciting exploration or a romantic background to your evening walk or dinner.