Not all of us are content to spend our entire holiday basking under the sun on the beach. Those in search of a more active or unusual holiday might instead enjoy a trip to Estonia.
The smallest of the Baltic countries is packed with activities. You can explore charming countryside villages, hike along woodland trails or admire the architecture of a 14th century church. There are even a few beach resorts if you’re looking to spend the odd day unwinding. Much of the outdoor fun in Estonia is seasonal. During the winter, you can join the locals in a spot of cross-country skiing. As the weather warms up, why not canoe through the Soomaa National Park, embark upon a horse-riding expedition or even plunge into a mountain lake? It might be a touch chilly, but you’ll quickly cool off from a tiring afternoon of hiking.
The Estonian capital of Tallinn is one of the highlights of a trip to the country. During the day, you can wander along cobbled streets; admiring the city’s architecture and medieval buildings. The old churches and cathedrals dotted around Tallinn are particularly worth a visit.
After the sun sets, Tallinn really comes to life. It’s one of the best party places in Europe, with a vibrant clubbing scene. If your dancing days are behind you then try one of Tallinn’s many elegant restaurants or hip pubs. It won’t put a dent in your wallet. Prices for food and drink here are among the cheapest in Europe.
Over the last few years, Tallinn has developed a reputation as one of the Baltic’s liveliest clubbing scenes and its nightlife attracts plenty of groups. They can’t get enough of the dusk till dawn dancing. But there is plenty to see in Tallinn other than the inside of a bar. Tallinn’s old town is classed a World Heritage Site, and Mediaeval churches and houses here provide a glimpse into a bygone age. You can also enjoy plenty of retail therapy in Tallinn. Grab a souvenir from one of the shops selling traditional handicrafts.Lahemaa National Park
You’ll have to drive on the wrong side of the road, but why not hire a car and make the 50-mile journey from Tallinn to Lahemaa National Park. It’s a beautiful wilderness of beaches, lakes and wildlife. If you’re very lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a bear, moose or fox.Kuressaare Castle
Knight life, rather than nightlife, is the big attraction at the 13th century castle of Kuressaare. This medieval stronghold will leave children wide-eyed as they watch displays of traditional sword-fighting. If anyone gets unruly, then take them down to the dungeons to see the instruments of torture. Those will make their eyes pop out!
Exploring EstoniaTallinn nightlife
With the delicious local beer available at bargain basement prices, Tallinn is the perfect place to embark upon a pub crawl. You’ll never have any trouble finding a new bar to try. If you’re eager to stay out until the early hours, then there are plenty of nightclubs playing the latest tunes. Those in search of a more cultural evening’s entertainment can check out performances at the Estonia Theatre Concert Hall.Kadriorg Park
If you’re looking for a peaceful afternoon stroll, then wander around the scenic gardens and lake of Tallinn’s Kadriorg Park. For a slice of culture, have a nosy around the nearby Kadriorg Palace. Or if you need something to keep the children occupied, then try the Rocca al Mare Tivoli theme park. There are several rides and games for kids.Viljandi
At the southern tip of Estonia lies the quaint town of Viljandi. There’s a pretty lake overlooked by the ruins of a hilltop castle. But Viljandi really comes to life at the end of July when Estonia’s largest folk music festival descends on the town. Your knowledge of Estonian folk might not be quite up to scratch, but you’ll quickly learn a tune or two.Parnu
It might come as something of a surprise that Estonia boasts a popular beach resort. The sandy beaches of Parnu are popular with both locals and holidaymakers. There are shallow waters to splash in and a promenade to take a romantic stroll along. There’s even some good nightlife to make the trip all the more worthwhile.
Food in Estonia is very seasonal, with fresh fish and fruit on the table during the summer months and hearty stews in the cold winters. Some of the most common ingredients found on restaurant menus will be the staples of pork, bread, and always, beer. A glass of vodka is never far away either. Estonian stews can be particularly delicious. Mulgi Kapsas is a traditional soup of smoked meat and pork braised with sauerkraut. It doesn’t take long to warm up after a couple of spoonfuls.Estonia Restaurants
The bargain prices in Estonia restaurants have made it a favourite for European foodies. You can scoff from an international chain as cheaply as you can tuck into one of the local dishes. New restaurants seem to be popping up all the time too, and not just in Tallinn. Many of the top chefs blend flavours from Estonia’s neighbours, Russia, Germany and Scandinavia.
Holidaymakers looking to head off the beaten track should follow the signs to Estonia. Party-lovers will be in heaven with the range of bars and nightclubs in the capital of Tallinn. Clubbers will love the prices even more. But there is far more to Estonia than its nightlife. You can explore the great outdoors with a range of brilliant activities and sights to enjoy. It couldn’t be easier to book a trip to Estonia with easyJet holidays, and the best bit is that you can save on your holiday by booking flights and hotels together with easyJet holidays.