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A delightful seaside village.

Parnu is a lovely seaside village with gorgeous beaches, wonderful leafy parks and historical buildings which creates a colourful vibrant and interesting place to visit. The well preserved Old Town is attractive and appealing with unique architecture oozing with sublime character.

There are some amazing charming timber houses which echo sounds of the changing past. If visiting Estonia its well worth your effort to taste and explore this little gem which sits proudly overlooking the Baltic Sea.

Parnu is Estonia’s most popular beach holiday destination for many Estonians; it is situated on the coast of Gulf of Riga and lies approximately 125km south of Tallinn. The town is split by the Parnu River, on one side you have the sandy beaches and leafy parklands and the other side the Old Town which houses some wonderful examples of Estonia architecture.

Parnu is a charming village to stroll around and it’s absolutely perfect for cycling. There are beautiful parklands and leafy avenues with exquisite wooden Estonia houses that dot the streets. The village is petite and pretty oozing with charm and character; you can find some wonderful buildings dating back to the 17th century and fine examples of archaeological findings in the Parnu Museum.

There is plenty of accommodation available from budget to five star hotels. There are two icon hotels in Parnu and both are completely different and unique. The Ammende Vila is the most popular for B&B lovers and is housed in a gorgeous Art-Nouveau building surrounded by exquisite beautiful gardens. The other hotel is the Scandic Ranna Hotel built in the 30’s which sits proudly on the waterfront and has direct access to the beach. The Victoria Hotel is another favourite hotel for travelers built in the 1920’s and having a charming and delightful façade.


Parnu is approx 130kms from Tallinn and can be easily reached by air, car, bus or train.

Parnu airport is close by 5km and a bus service is available. Air Livonie also flies from Parnu to Kuressaare, Kihnu and Ruhnu.

Buses - from Tallinn, Tartu and Riga. The Parnu bus station is in the heart of downtown Ringi 3 (luggage storage is also available).
Trains - Leave from Tallinn and take approx 3hrs. www.edel.ee

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely sea side village*
  • Cons:weather
  • In a nutshell:Estonia's excellent escape retreat.
  • Last visit to Parnu: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2007
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