Welcome to Southwestern Estonia
The big drawcard of this corner of the country is the beach. Set on a long stretch of sand, Pärnu attracts legions of holidaymakers during the summer. Young partygoers appear from Tallinn and Tartu heading to the sands and nightclubs, just as busloads of elderly out-of-towners arrive seeking spa treatments and mud cures.
East of Pärnu stretches Soomaa National Park, a biodiverse region of meandering meadows and swamps. Viljandi lies just beyond Soomaa; it’s a laid-back regional centre and a focus for things folk, especially music.