Welcome to Southwest Coast
The long stretch of pine-lined sand from Mändjala to Järve, west of Kuressaare, is Saaremaa's main beach resort. The shallow beach curves languidly towards the south, where the 32km Sõrve Peninsula takes over. This beautiful but sparsely populated finger of land comes to a dramatic end at Sääre, with a lighthouse and a narrow sand spit extending out to sea.
The peninsula saw heavy fighting during WWII, and the battle scars remain. Various abandoned bunkers and battlements, and the remnants of the Lõme-Kaimri anti-tank defence lines, can still be seen.