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Going To Estonia On Vacation

Mar 23, 2008
Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union since 1991 and it borders Latvia and Russia and is one of the small Baltic States lying on the Gulf of Finland.

Many tourists visit Tallinn, the capital city and stay in self catering holiday apartments. It is popular with the tourists for its shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries. Tallinn is home to one of the best-preserved old towns in Europe, where twisty cobblestone alleyways that give the area a mysterious otherworldly feel connect beautiful buildings dating back to 14th and 15th centuries.

Although relatively new to the tourist trade it is still possible to rent holiday villas direct from their owners. There are also some charming old stone farmhouses that are also available to rent.

There are plenty of bars that serve the local beers, and the unusual local liqueur Vana Tallinn is popular with people on vacation. They must however be careful as it is very sweet and also very strong.

Self catering holiday apartments are mainly situated in the centre of the city. Many of these holiday apartments and villas have been built in the last ten years since independence. As a result these newer buildings are on the whole airy and pleasant places to stay.

Away from the city, the biggest tourist draw in Estonia is the Lahemaa National Park, which is roughly an hour by bus to the East of Tallinn. This National Park features some astonishing waterfalls and picturesque scenery and manor houses. The park is populated by a wide variety of animals including brown bears and lynxes, so trekkers need to take appropriate precautions when they are there.

Some tourists choose to head offshore to the beautiful island of Hiiumaa, and stay in holiday apartments and villas. Estonia is a fascinating country with a strong sense of national pride and some amazing countryside. Almost half of Estonia is still covered by woodland and marshes, rivers, lakes, islands and coastal environments make up much of the rest of the country.

Many tourists come to Estonia to experience the culture of an old Eastern Block country. It is not yet up to Western standards, but what it lacks in class it more than makes up for in character. Tourist numbers are growing year on year and holiday apartments and cottages are being made available to cope with this increase in demand. The locals are extremely friendly and visitors to Estonia are guaranteed an interesting holiday.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It is one of the fastest growing on line holiday home rentals websites. To see an example of why Direct Holiday Bookings is growing so rapidly have a look at Holiday homes in Estonia
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