The islands of Saaremaa and Muhu in Estonia are the perfect destinations for a truly resplendent and unique Baltic holiday. With dolomite cliffs, juniper forests, rustic farms, medieval towns and rolling meadows dotted with old windmills, these islands are seemingly lost in time and their isolated nature means visitors will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
There’s plenty to see and do on the islands other than just relaxing. Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, is home to one of the finest preserved medieval fortresses in the Baltics and is a great place to get a feel of Estonia’s fascinating history. While the mythologised Kaali, where a meteorite fell nearly 3000 years ago to form nine craters, is a calming, almost eerie, experience. Muhu offers a similar a variety of captivating sights; explore the early-gothic beauty of the 13th-century St Catharine’s Church before setting foot inside an abandoned Soviet missile base.