Road trip to Saarema
A two day road trips through Estonia to see great Estonian islands like "Muhu" and "Saaremaa". Our main goal was to see famous "Panga" cliff and the islands rich nature.
We decided to go to Saaremaa island by car. It ment we had to drive through Estonia to Virtsu, where you have to take a ferry to get to the island.
Since we've booked a ticket to the ferry on the internet we had a special line and didn't have to wait like other cars.
Another ferry that is transporting large lorry trucks I suppose. We were waiting for the other one.
Here it is. It looks small but actually it has three levels that can take more than a hundred vehicles at once.
The ride took us about 30 minutes or even less. But we did manage to have a dinner on board. Prices are very reasonable as well.
Beautiful Baltic sea.
First in line. If you enter first you exit first as well.
So 30 minutes later we are disembarking.
We've arrive at he first island called "Muhu". It's a small island that is connected to the main island Saaremaa.
Island has a wonderful clean nature. You can feel the freshness of the Baltic sea.
Roads are great and absolutely no traffic.
Small town of Kuressaare which is located about 75km from the port.
Kuressaare Episcopal Castle.
Driving through the town.
You can see that streets are mostly empty. Kuressaare is the capital of Saaremaa island but it still has a relatively small population - about 14 000 people.
But I absolutely adore it. Looks like one of these small English towns.
After Kuressaare we headed for our hotel. The main road was shut due to the road works so we had to take a detour.
A bridge in the middle of the field. Now this is something new.
Finally we've arrived at the hotel which was located only a few hundred meters of the sea shore.
Chilling after a long ride.
Surprisingly we've found many jellyfish, which is unusual for us. Never seen any of them in Latvia.
Many of them were on a shore. Wouldn't say they were large but still. Thousands of them.
From this place till our home town Riga is about 350km by road or about 180km by sea.
After checking in at the hotel we decided to take a walk by the sea..
..since this was the only hotel there we were the only one's on the beach.
Enjoying a hot tea in the evening.
The next day we headed for the Panga cliffs on the other side of the island.
The Panga cliff is located on the northern shore of Saaremaa, at the end of the Kuressaare - Võhma road, close to Panga village.
The maximum height of the cliff is 21.3 m.
During bird migrations in the spring and fall, this half-circular lagoon is a favorite stopover point for storks on their long trip to and from Egypt, where most of them spend the winter. Sometimes there are well over a hundred storks, as well as other waterbirds, resting in the calm waters of the lagoon.
The cliff goes for about 2.5 km. Panga Cliff stands as a slate wall reaching up straight from the beach.
Interestingly, couple of hundred meters from the cliff in the sea there is a steep slope. The location of the slope becomes visible on stormy days as line of foamy waves.
Panga cliff, Saaremaa, Estonia.
Panga Cliff is the highest of all Saaremaa and Muhu northern coast cliffs.
Far far away on the other side of the Baltic sea is Sweden.
Of course we decided to climb down the cliff as well.
Beautiful stony beach.
My photo :)
We spent about an hour there before heading back to the port.
No handrails or anything.
Great place to think about purpose of life.
Time to go.
Nature on the island is amazing. You just drive by the sea on a great road. Sometimes feels like a road trip through Switzerland.
So many different bird species.
I wouldn't say that the names of Saaremaa cities are easy to understand or pronounce.
At the end just having some fun.comments powered by Disqus