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  • Battle of Tehumardi War Memorial

    Battle of Tehumardi War Memorial

  • Blacksmiths of Kuressaare

    Blacksmiths of Kuressaare

  • Cruise port of Saaremaa

    Cruise port of Saaremaa

  • Grey Seals of Saaremaa

    Grey Seals of Saaremaa

  • Ohessaare Geopark, Sõrve Peninsula

    Ohessaare Geopark, Sõrve Peninsula

  • Sõrve Lighthouse, Saaremaa

    Sõrve Lighthouse, Saaremaa

  • Saaremaa Cruise Port from above

    Saaremaa Cruise Port from above

  • Suur Tõll and Piret Statue, Kuressaare

    Suur Tõll and Piret Statue, Kuressaare

  • The Kaali Meteorite Craters

    The Kaali Meteorite Craters

  • The Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

    The Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

  • The Mihkli Farm Museum

    The Mihkli Farm Museum

  • Trestle Windmills of Angla

    Trestle Windmills of Angla

Saaremaa Port Info

Location:
58°32'12.4"N 22°14'11.6"E
On the Baltic Sea

Main cruise pier:
Saaremaa Harbour (2 berths)approx. 40 km from main town of Kuressaare.

Port webpage:
www.portoftallinn.com/saaremaa-harbour



Port of Saaremaa

About Saaremaa: Located at the important seaways, Saaremaa has been familiar to seafarers from times immemorial. Saaremaa was a land in its own right, in some historians’ opinion the center of a prehistoric maritime state, which has an important role to play in the interaction between the West and East. Anyone who sailed from London to Novgorod, saw the largest Baltic island on the horizon. Both in Scandinavian Sagas and in the Chronicle of Henry the Livonian numerous references have been made to Osilian piracy. Most romantic landscape dotted with windmills, thatched cottages and sleepy fishing villages. A great place to go to unwind and have fun and a perfect vacation. Although small, Saaremaa offers various pleasant possibilities to try something untried, something exciting and magical.

Sights to see: Kuressaare is the largest town on Saaremaa. Compared to modern cities a tiny one. Nearly 16 thousand people in Kuressaare, actually the only town of Saaremaa. That does not mean the rest of the island is not inhabited.

Small in size, Kuressaare is perfect for a walking tour. The Town Hall, located in the main square, completed in 1670 is currently housing an exhibition gallery as well as a tourist information office. The old Weigh Station standing at the central square, just opposite the Town Hall. Built in 1666 to keep the public scales in there, while the central square served as the market place. Kuressaare Episcopal Castle from the 13th century, the only medieval fortress in the Baltics that has retained its original appearance and has preserved almost intact without any major reconstruction. In contrast to big cities, Kuressaare is a quiet and cosy town with an unpolluted environment. There is no black smoke from industries and the streets are not overcrowded with traffic. Germans cruising on the Baltic Sea last summer considered Saaremaa the greatest place to call during that itinerary.

Besides Kuressaare, one should also drop to Kaali craters and stand next to a post mill. The Kaali meteorite craters, a must for each serious sightseer. The most extraordinary geological marvel on Saaremaa. The only craters in the world that is so easily accessible.

It is estimated that the meteor fell in the year 700 B.C. A terrifying natural phenomenon, the rumble of which sounded far and wide. A source of folk songs, sagas, fairy-tales, etc. A place that Phyteas considered to be Ultima Thule of Sun going to bed. Or the grave of Phaethon (can you recall the Vergilius mediated myth about Phaeton, the son of the God of Sun?). Saaremaa has a wide variety of rare wildlife species - ranging from insects to seals. The smallest protected wildlife species include Cloude Apolle butterflies and Roman snails.

The coastal areas of Saaremaa are famous seal habitats. The gray seal which is common here can be found in three large permanent resting areas on the islets off the coast in the western and southern parts of Saaremaa. For about hundred years Angla Windmill Park can be characterized by four wind-operated grinding mills with turnable tower. One of the four windmill - Vilido windmill was reconstructed in 2009 and uses the wind power for grinding flour. There is also a Dutch windmill with turnable tower. In summer 2010 an exposition introducing the local history and agriculture will be presented in the mill. Each person visiting the windmill can taste caraway and herb tea, pan bread or meat bread, very common to the island.

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