Since regaining independence in 1991, Estonia has turned to face firmly westward, joining the EU in 2004. It remains a fascinating mixture of east and west. Paldiski is a deserted Soviet army base near the capital, Tallinn. Saaremaa, a large island off the west coast, is a wonderful place to roam, remote and wild with lovely small towns, bluffs and in winter even an ice road across the Baltic Sea to its neighbour, Hiiumaa.

Tallinn itself is wonderfully preserved and has excellent nightlife. Your biggest decision is whether to visit in winter or summer. A visit to Helsinki across the Baltic Sea takes only 2 hours on a ferry.


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Why you should go:

Go before it changes too much.

Why you shouldn't:

You want to avoid the hordes stepping off cheap flights.

Map of Estonia