It's worth noting that Pärnu holds the title of summer capital for a reason. With all the festivals, events, and the great climate, the city can be crowded during the warmer months. If you want to get away from the crowd and find some alone-time, visit Pärnu outside of summer. Aside from peak season, the seaside city gives you the chance to walk along 1.5 km of uninterrupted coastline. Let your feet carry you to Pärnu Jetty which has always been one of the city's most popular spots.
How to get there
Luxexpress or Gobus AS or SEBE : Tartu – Pärnu
Approximate cost: 7€ – 12€
Day 6 & 7: Saaremaa / Hiiumaa
For the last destination, you can choose to visit the island of Saaremaa with Hiiumaa if you want to keep exploring green Estonia as both are true gems to be unearthed.
Saaremaa, the biggest island in Estonia. The island of Saaremaa together with other West Estonian islands, belongs to the UNESCO biosphere program area MAB (Man and the Biosphere).
The ferry ride from the mainland to the island takes about 28 minutes, so it's just enough time to relax and forget about the rest of the world. Keeping sustainable travel in mind, one of the two ferries that run between Muhumaa and the mainland is a hybrid ferry. This is estimated to reduce diesel fuel by 20% and CO2 emissions by 1,600 tonnes. In addition, the amount of underwater noise and vibration is reduced in order to create a better living environment for seals and fish.
You will drive through Muhumaa, the third biggest island of Estonia, before entering Saaremaa. Your final destination is the island's largest town - Kuressaare.
There you can visit the island's 14th-century castle and stroll in the city. You will probably be surprised by street performances or shows of folk dances with locals dressed up in traditional costumes.
To see more of the island's impressive and diverse nature you can choose local transportation. Local buses are free for everyone to use, including tourists, and 80% of these buses run on CNG. So there is the possibility to check out the island's impressive and diverse nature. For example, you can go for a hike on one of the 35 km trails to discover it for yourself.
In terms of food and drink, Saaremaa is particularly well known for its home-brewed beers and smoked fish. Naturally, the forest and the sea play an important role in the diet of the islanders and the food of many cafes and restaurants comes from local farms. Usually, the name of the farm where the raw ingredients come from is named on the menu. When you stop by to eat somewhere, you can recognise local products and services by the label saying Ehtne, the Estonian word for authentic. This guarantees that a product has been entirely or largely produced and/or grown on the islands.
How to get there
Gobus AS : Pärnu – Kuressaare
Approximate cost: 7€ – 11€