Fast-paced city life makes one search for peace and quiet, the rush of everyday life demands stepping away from city noise and haste and catching some breath. Would you like some peace and quiet, and maybe even some romance?
There is no shortage of any of these on the Romantic Coastline in Estonia, which runs along the coastline of Pärnu county through the juniper fields of Virtsu to the sandy beaches of Ikla. The coastline includes Kihnu and Manija island along with their special atmosphere, as well as inland areas with deep forests and bogs. It is a place to stop for a moment and to enjoy a vacation in romantic coastal villages, watch breathtaking sunsets by the sea, venture on deserted paradise beaches, or to take a few days for a trip through beautiful coastal villages and the mysterious inland.
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”.