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It’s not all about Tallinn – though the capital is a stunner. We can show you the best hotels in Estonia, wherever you plan to land...
Located in Northern Europe, just above Latvia and across the Baltic Sea from Finland, Estonia is, for most tourists, synonymous with Tallinn - its historic and beautiful capital city. Just one look at the earthy-red rooftops, white towers and black spires of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is enough to make you glad you came.
Even in all its age-old splendour, however, Tallinn can be overshadowed by nearby international cities such as Helsinki, Riga and St Petersburg. That’s probably why the Estonian cities of Tartu, Narva, and Parnu are unfamiliar to most.
But what these destinations lack in prominence, they more than make up for in charming public squares, cosy cafes, historic sites, museums and art galleries, plus some of the cheapest accommodation in Estonia. When you’ve seen the cities, it’s also worth taking advantage of great-value car hire in Estonia to reach its fantastic beaches, protected natural landscapes and traditional villages. Once outside the urban areas, you can hike, cycle, fish, sail, canoe, climb and even ski.
Read on to discover more about the main destinations in Estonia and then find your ideal hotel in Estonia with the help of TravelSupermarket. Use the search tool to compare prices on the hottest hotel deals around.
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If you are planning a stay in Tallinn, look for hotels in and around the central areas of Old Town (also known as Vanalinn) and Toompea. Both are packed with attractions and feature many hotels to suit most budgets. These areas are etched with the history of the city and the hotels reflect this. Alternatively, stay in the nearby city centre area for modern hotels with amenities to match.
Tartu is a sprawling university city with many important institutions. A popular business destination, its pretty Old Town, gaggle of excellent museums and ‘Kissing Students’ sculpture also make Tartu a hit with tourists.
Narva is on the border with Russia. Narva Castle, also known as the Hermann Fortress, is the best-preserved castle in Estonia. Almost destroyed during the Second World War, Narva’s Soviet architecture makes it an interesting short-break destination.
The city of Parnu is an increasingly popular summer destination. It has history and beauty in abundance, but when the sun shines life here is all about hitting the sand and lounging at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Hotels in Parnu reflect the holiday atmosphere, with many large hotels that could have sprung straight out of the seaside heyday of Victorian Britain. Parnu is also among the top spa destinations in Estonia. The supposed healing powers of Estonian mud can be unearthed at many luxury spa hotels around the country.
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It may still be emerging on the tourism radar, but Estonia is a heaving mass of exciting and unusual attractions...
Top five attractions
Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour), Tallinn
Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but there can’t be many museums dedicated solely to seaplanes and Estonian maritime history – and that alone makes it worth a visit. It’s a curiously fascinating place.
To the east of Tallinn lies the ancient town of Rakvere and its impressive castle. Built in medieval times, the fortification is quite a draw and attracts thousands of visitors each year with interactive displays and live performances. You can even try your hand at archery and falconry.
Helleman Tower and Town Wall
A good place to learn more about Tallinn’s medieval past and architecture, this particular three-storey tower has quite a shady past. Previously used as a prison and a weaponry store, it now enjoys a more peaceful existence as an art gallery.
Just nine miles from Tallinn you will find the dramatic Viimsi Peninsula, which is well worth a day trip. Expect fantastic views, excellent seafood and delightful coves, plus the Estonian War Museum, the Viimso Open Air Museum and the wonderfully quaint Museum of Coastal Folk.
Walk, jog or cycle your way along a mile and a half of boardwalk that is blessed with some terrific views of the waterfront between Pirita and Kadriorg.
Held back by Soviet occupation for decades, Estonia is now free to enjoy art and cultural celebrations...
Independence Day; February: Estonians tend to enjoy appearing formal and reserved for much of the year, but their guard quickly drops for Independence Day celebrations that can get quite frivolous. Expect an abundance of fireworks, dancing and drinking.
Tallinn Music Week; March: An impressive pool of local musical talent performs at one of the Baltic region’s biggest music events.
Tallinn Old Town Days; May-June: Held to celebrate the start of summer, this festival brings music, dance and art to the squares, alleys, and other glorious nooks of the beautiful Old Town. You cannot go far without stumbling upon a slice of traditional Estonia during this event.