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Tallinn Beaches Guide

Tallinn has five public swimming beaches (Pirita, Stroomi, Harku, Kakumäe and Pikakari) all a relatively short distance from the city. Although you can get to all of these beaches using public transport, if the weather is good you may prefer to get a bit of excerise on the way and get to the beaches by bicycle or roller-blades using the city’s network of paths. Lifeguards are working on all the main Tallinn beaches (weekdays 9am–8pm, and weekends, 9am–9pm). Beach facilities include changing rooms, toilets and guarded parking areas. As you would expect at the beach, you can buy from mobile cream vendors.

Pirita Beach
Only twenty minutes away from Tallinn Old Town accommodation, is the most popular and largest, 2-km-long Pirita beach. Its a great beach that even has a backdrop of palm trees! Locals and tourists flock to Pirita for sunbathing, volleyball and swimming. For those even more active, you can do a variety of watersports, including windsurfing. There are shops selling beach gear and cafés providing refreshments. Music is played on the beach and there are frequent competitions and other events. At the far side of the beach there is a separate area for nude sunbathing.

The is a fantastic view of the Tallinn old town, with the beach is separated from the neighboring Pirita and Merivälja residential districts by a pine forest. You can reach Pirita from the Old Town by buses 1, 1A, 8, 34, or 38, or alternatively grab a taxi.

Stroomi Beach
Another popular spot is Stroomi beach, situated in Pelguranna, opposite the Open Air Museum on the other side of Kopli Bay. Between the beach and highrise residential buildings is a spacious green area where beachgoers can find shade on the grass for a picnic. Courts for various ballgames, trampolines and outdoor cafés can all be found on this beach. There are all kinds of distractions for the kids, with playgrounds and even little electric cars they can drive! A temporary youth center is set up, concerts are frequently organised, and there is always loud disco music playing. The beach house provides lockers and showers, and a shop for buying beach gear and borrowing chaise longues. The beach is 4 km from downtown Tallinn (buses 3, 40, 48).

Harku Beach
On the western city border in the Haabersti district, Harku beach lies on the shores of a lake, so it has slightly warmer water for swimming than the sea. The swimming beach on a sandy stretch of shore is fairly treeless and lies close to a residential area. The lake shore is shallow and the bottom is muddy, 12 meters at its deepest. The beach has courts for ballgames, climbing trees for children, a kiosk selling food, and showers. The rowing base nearby provides an opportunity to practice rowing and surfing, play mini golf, use the gym and rent pedalos and rowboats.

Kakumäe Beach
Kakumäe beach is also in Haabersti, on the landward side of the small Kakumäe peninsula. The peninsula is full of single-family houses, at a bit of a distance from the swimming beach. This quiet, secluded beach has ball courts, a kiosk selling food, showers and a bicycle parking lot. Children can use the swings and a climbing tree. The beach is 11 km from downtown Tallinn and is not very busy. Buses 21 and 21B go from the central railway station (Balti jaam) to Kakumäe. From Kakumäe Road, which follows the length of the peninsula, turn onto Sooranna Street to take you straight to the beach.

Pikakari Beach
Tallinn’s newest beach, Pikakari beach, is located on Paljassaare peninsula, near Katariina pier. This area was a military zone with very restricted access until only a few years ago. As a result, there is not much charm but with continued development things are starting to come together. A small wooded area gives some protection against landward winds. The sea floor is partly sandy, partly rocky, and the water gets deep quickly, reaching over a person’s head 30 meters away from land. The beach has courts for ballgames, places for making fires, swings for children and a kiosk selling food. Park rangers patrol the area, and you’re likely to meet surfers and fishermen. There is also a bird protection area and bird viewing tower on the peninsula. The beach is 6 km from downtown Tallinn. To get there, drive to the end of Paljassaare Road (bus 59 from the central railway station, or Balti jaam) and walk further down a gravel road about 300 meters. The view back onto town and onto the sea from the beach and the pier are well worth the trouble, especially on a summer’s evening.

For a quick check on the weather conditions at Tallinn’s beaches have a look at this Estonian Weather Forecast website.

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