Alternating beach views
Northern Estonia invites visitors to explore the many different beaches of the region.
Northern Estonia’s tallest limestone cliff is located in Ontika in Eastern Estonia. The main sight around the town of Paldiski is the Pakri lighthouse, which sits on a cliff of the same name. Located about 35 km from Tallinn, the Türisalu viewing platform is a little over 30 metres above sea level. From there you can enjoy the view over the stunning beach at Vääna-Jõesuu.
The sandy beaches are an excellent contrast to the seaside cliffs. The longest of them, located 12 km from the city, makes up a major part of the Narva-Jõesuu area. Tallinn’s best-known beach is in Pirita and moving west, in addition to the stunning beach at Vääna-Jõesuu, there is also Lohusalu and Kloogarand.
The beaches at Lahemaa National Park have more granite. Käsmu is quite rocky, but at the end of August you can enjoy the annual Viru Folk concert. n
How to get there?
Trains leave three time daily from Tallinn to Jõhvi and Narva. The journey to Narva lasts about 2.5 hours. There are more bus connections, starting early in the morning and continuing into the evening. The journey to Narva lasts about three hours.
A local train connects Paldiski via Keila 15 times daily and Rapla even more frequently.
TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, IDA-VIRUMAA TURISM