Strangers who come here may not be able to find all of the potential areas of interest on their own right away. The Romantic Coastline covers the eateries, accommodations, service, culture and other establishments and undertakings, as well as cultural, historic and natural assets and fun events in the area. By stepping into one such place, one will receive informed advice on what else to visit in the area.
Summer on the Romantic Coastline
Beaches and swimming areas are, of course, the most beloved sites during the summer months. For those who wish to have a more private rest by the sea, we recommend to opt for the more northerly Matsi beach. Those who enjoy the lively beach buzz, however, will surely like the Valgerand beach near Pärnu and the Kabli beach near the Latvian border. A vacation in the coastal villages in the Kabli area will be made all the more special by the Kabli Sunset Festival, which is a culture festival that lasts from June to August, where summertime visitors can visit cosy outdoor concerts, film and theatre nights, romantic dinners and hikes nearly every night for a month.
There are events and festivals at every corner of the Romantic Coastline, many of which highlight the specificities of local food. The season is usually opened in the first half of May by the RäimeWest festival at the Lao fishing port and the Baltic herring festival Räimeretk in Kihnu, as this is usually the beginning of the Baltic herring season, which is the pride and joy of the area. The Dandelion Festival in Kihlepa, which is a meeting ground for the lovers of weeds, is focused on this mighty yellow flower, but other wild plants will not go unnoticed either. Visitors are welcomed to Kihnu island in the beginning of June for the Kihnu Keretäus pop-up café day for a Kihnu-style hearty meal. “Keretäus” also means a beating in Estonian, but that is, of course, not the aim of the humorous islanders who, instead of bashing their visitors, offer Kihnu dishes at pop-up cafés. At the same time, the North Livonian Festival is held at Häädemeeste in cooperation with the Latvian people. The specificities of local foods are also emphasised at the Cucumber Festival at Tahkuranna, Uulu Lamba Vest festival and the Marine Days Fishing Villages. In 2015, the area also participated in the EDEN competition, i.e. European Destinations of Excellence, which draws attention to sustainable tourism and less-known destinations. The Coastline was a nominee in the category “EDEN. Estonia’s hidden treasures. Food tourism destination”.