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The Estonian coastline has many deserted beaches, small fishing villages and holiday resorts. From sleepy fishing villages, to unspoilt beaches, spa resorts, yacht marinas and larger ports there is something for everyone. Why not take a trip along Estonia’s coast starting at Narva in the north and heading towards Tallinn and then down the west coast to Pärnu, Estonia’s summer capital would make a fantastic trip.


On the coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 12 kilometres from Narva is the small and cosy resort town Narva-Jõesuu, which has been for ages one of the most beautiful places for summer holidays in Estonia. People came here from St. Petersburg, Moscow, the Crimea and the Caucasus.

A great climate, pine woods, long stretches of beach with fine-grained golden sand extending for 13 kilometres, the cool and clean water of the Baltic Sea – all of this makes Narva-Jõesuu very attractive to visitors.

Laulasmaa sits on the Lahepere Bay on a beautiful sandy beach, just half an hour’s drive from Tallinn. It got its name from the singing sands on the Laulasmaa beach (“laulev maa” – the land that sings). Laulasmaa has been a well-known holiday place since the 1930s.

Laulasmaa beach is a perfect swimming place. Families love its sandy sea bottom and warmer than average water. The beach is also appreciated by local windsurfers. In Lohusalu Bay lies the wreck of the passenger ship “Josef Stalin,” which is a well-known diving spot.

Jutting out from the coast just 15km north of Tallinn’s city centre, the rocky Viimsi peninsula is both a nature-lovers’ getaway and a worthy destination for history buffs. Highlights here include the Estonian War Museum, the Museum of Coastal Folk and the seaside Viimsi Open-Air Museum, built around a historic farm. Just next to the Open-Air Museum stands one of Estonia’s oddest-looking restaurants, Paat, which is shaped like a giantic, overturned boat.

This coastal town 45km from Tallinn is best known as a destination for history buffs – it was a highly restricted submarine and rocket base during Soviet times, and after the Russian military left in 1994 much of it fell to ruins. But apart from being covered in crumbling barracks, the Pakri peninsula on which Paldiski sits is also worth visiting for its striking limestone cliffs and is home to some rare wildlife.

Türisalu Cliff Tallinn Estonia

Tallinn-Paldiski journey
Taking the scenic, coastal route to Paldiski can be just as rewarding as seeing the town itself. Your first stop should be the Türisalu cliff. Toweringup to 31 metres, it’s one of the most impressive limestone cliffs in the country. From here you’ll get a good view of Naissaar island and nearby Vääna-Jõesuu, a beautiful sandy seashore.

Vääna-Jõesuu is a village in Harku Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia. It has a population of 686 (as of 1 June 2010).

Farther along is Keila-Joa, where you can see the third highest waterfall in the country and a 19th-century, Neo-Gothic manor house. On the coast nearby is Laulasmaa, a beach area named after “singing sands.” It’s a perfect place for swimming in summer, not to mention walking and jogging.

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