"Surprisingly pleasant ..." Saaremaa by Aig

Saaremaa Travel Guide: 178 reviews and 487 photos

Service is good

In hotels and restaurants the service was friendly, professional and to get by with English only was no problem. Nature very well preserved.

The place is relatively uncrowded, tranquil, no noisy parties .... almost no Eastern block tourists with their own weird behaviour, no drunken Brits ... so the place passes the first test be qualified as a pleasant :)

Weather is a gamble, however. Car is a must, I believe.

Hotels

Lynn Hotel: friendy, clean, reasonably prices, in the city center.
Mardi: cheap, decent, 3 min walk to the city center.
Georg Ots: spa hotel, two pools, sauna, very basic fitness center included in price, friendly.

Restaurants

Every restaurant located on the central square in Kuressaare is pretty average. Service is reasonably good, food is rather average.

Two restaurants down the Lossi street: La Perla and another one about 50 m down the street are probably the best ones. For La Perla -- make a reservation, if in high season.

Sare: in the very southern tip of Saaremaa, there is a restaurant, a rather decent. Authentic fish. Very specific "spicy mexican cake". Generally, impression is very good, English no prob, meals rather small.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tranquil, friendly, well preserved nature.
  • Cons:Access by ferry only, need a car, weather a gamble, only a few beaches.
  • In a nutshell:Great place to visit, if you seek tranquility & enjoy walking. For best experience - go by car and plan to stay at least 4 days.
  • Last visit to Saaremaa: Jul 2008
  • Intro Written Sep 7, 2008
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