Estonia lies on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, south of Finland, bordering Russia to the east and Latvia to the south. It is a country of many facets with a rich history and diverse culture, rooted in centuries of tradition, much of which is still in evidence today. Despite its compact size each region of Estonia has its own distinctive character. Visitors will find fens and forests, virgin bogs, over 1,400 lakes, 3,794 kilometres of coastline marked by bays and straits. The country has around 1,500 islands and islets, numerous rivers and streams and an unspoilt landscape characterised by colourful cities, historic villages and towns, dotted with manor houses, castles and traditional thatched dwellings. Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is also Europe’s oldest capital and its Old Town is one of Europe’s best-preserved walled medieval cities. The northern coastline, on which Tallinn is located, is characterised by high limestone cliffs, spouting numerous waterfalls, and white sandy beaches nestled in dense pine forests. Tartu is the country’s second city, a university town located in southern Estonia. It is a pleasant place to visit, relaxing and with a unique spirit, bisected by a river, with leafy parks and streets lined with 19th century wooden houses. The countryside surrounding Tartu has distinctive rounded hills, undulating green countryside, river valleys, lakes, nature reserves, old manors and stately castles. Estonian’s eastern border is mainly marked by the vast shoreline of Lake Peipus (Europe’s fifth largest lake), studded with a string of villages known for their smoked fish, cucumbers and the best onions in the country. To the west is the juniper-clad coastline and the numerous islands of Estonia’s archipelago, characterised by wooden windmills and traditional log buildings with thatched roofs that practically brush the ground. Estonia’s best known seaside resort is its “summer capital” Pärnu on the south west coast, popular for its beautiful sandy beach, vibrant night-life and curative health spas.
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