Ah, February in Estonia
Last month, Estonia made the travel press once again, making it onto The Guardian’s 20 best bargain holidays in Europe for 2013, AFAR’s Top 13 Places to go in 2013, and Feminist First’s 8 Must-visit destinations for 2013. Estonia was praised for its art, food, and architecture, as well as “fairly cheap prices and lack of mainstream commercialisation.” What struck me about these articles was, the authors are trying to get you to visit in summer, but what’s wrong with February in Estonia?
Ah, February in Estonia, the days are longer, the temperatures keep getting colder, and there is not a sign of spring. But February is in fact a great month! Cross-country ski season is in full swing, and the anticipation of the Tartu Marathon is building. If you want to see thousands of men and women in tight lycra, this is the event for you! But seriously, what a sight!The 42 kilometre race kicks off at 9 am, the temperature may be -15C, but skiers are warming up, literally trying to stay warm before they have to lose their coats. There is a fine line between too many and too little clothes. Too little, you will be cold, too many and you will sweat and then be cold. But this race attracts people from all over Europe and it’s an event not to be missed.
If you’re more like me though, and enjoy sports from the comfort of your own home, then you might want to familiarise yourself with the spas in Estonia. And it just so happens that in this month’s guide we tell you all about the spas in Tallinn, so you won’t even have to travel outside of the city.
You might also notice that we have a new format. Our pages are slightly smaller, but still packed full of all the latest information about travel in Estonia.
Happy travels, and keep warm!