Western Estonia & the Islands

Tucked away within pine forest, Tuhkana is one of Saaremaa’s best sandy beaches, due in large part to its remoteness. To get here from Leisi, head west for 11km to Metsküla and turn right onto the unsealed road. After about 3km, look for a parking area on your left.

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Nearby Western Estonia & the Islands attractions

1. Sõru Museum

7.04 MILES

Just inland from Sõru sadam (port) where the ferry to Saaremaa docks, this little community museum is worth a look. Downstairs you might find art from the…

2. Panga Pank

7.87 MILES

Saaremaa’s highest cliffs run along the northern coast near Panga for 3km. The highest point (21.3m) was a sacred place where sacrifices were made to the…

3. Angla Windmill Hill

8.54 MILES

Charge up those camera batteries: this is the site of the largest and most photogenic grouping of wooden windmills on the islands. By the early 16th…

4. St Catherine's Lutheran Church, Karja

9.61 MILES

The pagan and Christian meet in this fortress-like 14th-century church. Outside there’s an interesting panel about pre-Christian symbols with particular…

5. Sääre Tirp

15.7 MILES

Southern Kassari narrows to a promontory with some unusual vegetation and ends in the thin, 3km spit of land known as Sääre Tirp. An end-of-the-world kind…

6. Kaali Crater

16.45 MILES

Estonia has one of the world’s highest concentrations of documented meteor craters. At Kaali, 18km north of Kuressaare, is a 100m-wide, 22m-deep,…

8. Kassari Exposition Building

18.02 MILES

Located in an old limestone lodge that once formed part of the local manor, and making up one-quarter of the dispersed Hiiumaa Museum, this small…