Saaremaa Island Flights:
Flights to Saaremaa
Island Saaremaa is the largest island just off the coast of Estonia, and there are several towns to visit here as well as the island’s capital city, Kuressaare. There are several public buses that travel around the island or you can rent a car for easy access through the countryside. Most of the attractions are very low-key and historical in nature.
The airport for Saaremaa Island is Kuressaare Airport (airport code: URE), located just outside the town of Kuressaare. Flights to Saaremaa Island are limited when coming from South Africa but there are a few 2-stop options. You will find the same route is flown with Lufthansa, South African Airways and British Midland; all three airlines have flights to Saaremaa Island that travel through Frankfurt and then via Tallinn. These all take between 23 and 24 hours, including lay-over times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Saaremaa Island:
To the eastern end of the island is the Bronze Age archaeological site, called the Asva Settlement, where you can see the remains of a small but fortified settlement.
The tiny Karja Church can be found not far from the town of Angla, in the north-eastern part of Saaremaa. It is a Middle Age church with a very plain exterior, but the high vaulted chambers inside are impressive, as is the mixture of carvings on the walls that show the Pagan influences of the time. While you’re in Angla, take a drive through the popular windmill fields of Saaremaa Island.
In contrast to Karja Church, Kihelkonna Church is much larger, and is actually one of the largest churches in Estonia. It was built in the 14th century and has many original pieces inside. There is one tower that offers a great view of the water.
Right in the city of Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa Island, is an imposing 13th century castle with high walls and red-roofed guard towers. Visitors are welcome to tour the castle and there is an extensive museum in the building on the history of Saaremaa Island. The style of the castle is Late Gothic though it lacks the ornate details of earlier architecture.
Loode Oak Forest
Not far from Kuressaare is a large old oak forest where you can take a walk and go bird-watching. There are three lakes in the area too, so you will find lots of places to walk and new sights to see.
Kaali Meteor Craters
Formed about 4,000 years ago, the Kaali Meteor Craters consist of nine round craters that are not far from Kuressaare. Today they are filled with water to make interesting lakes, all within an easy walk of one another.
Vilsandi National Park
On the western shores of Saaremaa Island is a protected area where you can go hiking and do more bird watching. There are more than 250 different kinds of birds, and you may get to see local grey seals as well.
When Should You Visit?:
The weather in Saaremaa is very mild and never gets hot during the summers. Winters are freezing or colder so you should plan your visit for the warmer months. The best weather is in June, July and August. There is the least rain then, and the temperature is around 19C during the day. Spring and autumn is nice as well but you will need a jacket, even in the daytime.