Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit 1095 , 9 Days

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Estonia visit: A complete guide to the hidden gem of Northern Europe

Estonia is a hidden gem of Northern Europe, often overlooked by travelers. However, this small Baltic nation has a lot to offer, from its rich history and culture to its unspoiled nature and modern cities. In this guide, we'll take a closer look at why you should visit Estonia and what to expect when you're there.

General Facts about Estonia
- Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and Latvia to the south.
- The official language is Estonian, which is closely related to Finnish.
- The currency is the euro.
- Estonia is known for its advanced digital infrastructure and e-government, with a high level of internet access and online services.
- The climate in Estonia is mostly humid continental, with warm summers and cold winters.

Highlights of Estonia
- Tallinn: The capital city of Estonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a well-preserved medieval old town, cobbled streets, and historic architecture. Don't miss the Town Hall Square, Toompea Castle, and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
- Lahemaa National Park: This is the largest national park in Estonia, located on the northern coast. It has a diverse landscape, with forests, bogs, lakes, and the Baltic Sea. You can go hiking, cycling, and wildlife watching here.
- Saaremaa Island: This is the largest island in Estonia, located in the Baltic Sea. It's a popular summer destination, with sandy beaches, spa resorts, and historic sites such as Kuressaare Castle.
- Pärnu: This is a seaside resort town on the western coast of Estonia, known for its long sandy beach and numerous spa hotels. It's a popular destination for families and wellness enthusiasts.

Food in Estonia
Estonian cuisine is influenced by its history and location, with a mix of Baltic, German, Russian, and Scandinavian flavors. Traditional dishes include black bread, smoked fish, sauerkraut, blood sausage, and potato dishes. Some popular restaurants to try Estonian cuisine include NOA, Ö, and Leib Resto ja Aed in Tallinn, and Pädaste Manor on Saaremaa Island.

Visa Requirements for Estonia
Citizens of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Estonia for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a Schengen visa or an Estonian visa, depending on their nationality and the purpose of their visit. It's recommended to check the latest visa requirements and regulations before booking a trip to Estonia. 

With its charming cities, unspoiled nature, and unique culture, Estonia is a destination worth adding to your travel bucket list. Whether you're interested in history, food, or outdoor activities, there's something for everyone in this hidden gem of Northern Europe.

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