It is in the northeast of the Baltic Sea that beautiful Estonia thrives, home to absolutely unsuspected architecture and natural spaces. Its forest massifs, caressed by the sandy coastline, are dotted with admirable cities with an exceptionally well-preserved heritage, starting with the capital of Estonia, the gentle and hospitable Tallinn. To the west, by the water's edge, it is the wooden facades of Pärnu that see holidaymakers pass through during the summer months, while Tartu, to the east, is the guardian of Estonian traditions and at the same time the country's student capital. But it would be simplistic to stick to this trio of large cities to talk about this small Baltic country. Estonia's tourist guide also explores everything that can be found outside the cities: forests cover a huge part of the country. It is because the aquatic element is found everywhere here, in the sea, in rivers and lakes, in the sky too, with frequent rainfall. The result is lush, rural landscapes in which the population has adapted, erecting picturesque wooden cottages in the clearings and charming fishing villages on the islands that the wind roars. Estonia's history is rich and ancient, something that will be appreciated in the face of its manor houses and castles, but also during the folk, cultural and religious events that mark the year. Whatever the path taken, people generally leave the country with a sense of serenity. Teretulemast Eestisse!
When to go to Estonia?
If you are wondering when to go to Estonia, learn here that the high tourist season extends from mid-June to the end of August. This is probably the best time to travel to Northern Europe, due to a warmer temperature than the rest of the year, but also to watch the amazing spectacle of sleepless nights: for almost a month (from mid-June to mid-July), it is never dark, at most a twilight of 3 hours before the sun comes back. However, there are more and more tourists and prices are rising (especially for accommodation, which should be booked in advance). While Easter holidays attract tourists from the region (Scandinavian and Russian), winter is also a blessed time to explore Estonia, provided you do not fear the cold too much (-5°C to -15°C on average). Tallinn, the capital, dressed in white, has a striking charm: cover yourself well and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the whitewashed bell towers and the sound of muffled footsteps in the snow. The off-peak seasons are fall (October and November) and late winter (March and early April), largely due to weather: fall is grey, even dark and wet, and late winter is wet snow and sleet. When to go to Estonia? In the middle of summer, or in the middle of winter!