Saaremaa: go kiting in the amazing Estonian Island.


If you happen to find yourself wandering around the Baltic Republics with your kitesurfing gear, this island is worth a visit.



Both in old Scandinavian language as in Estonian, the island’s name means “Island Land”. Saaremaa seems like a little independent world itself, with Villages, agricultural settlements, beautiful beaches, steep cliffs, traditional windmills scattered all around the territory, a beautiful medieval castle, and even meteorite craters.

 

Saarema island

 

The variety of points of interest here is amazing and it could justify a visit just for that but we are interested in kitesurfing and for that, the island has a lot to offer.

 

Stone towers beach on south west peninsula

 

Being in the center of the Baltic Sea, the island is in the crossing point of winds coming both from north and to south, making it a place where conditions to go kiting with good windy days happen regularly throughout spring, summer, and autumn.

This is pretty clear when you will encounter around the island, so many traditional wooden windmills. In ancient times they could rotate adjusting to the daily wind direction.

 

Saaremaa Wind Mills

 

The fact that Saaremaa is an island guarantees also the possibility to access different kitesurf spots depending on the wind condition and directions, basically offering kiting on 100% of windy days.

In our 5 days stay, we were lucky enough to try three different kitesurfing spots with 3 different wind conditions. Probably many more can be discovered along with the coastline.

 

Saaremaa Kite Spots

 

1. North Wind Kite Spot

In a day with the north wind, the best idea is to head up to the northwestern peninsula of Kiipsaare Lighthouse, to reach it you need to drive to the Harilaiu Matkarada hiking area, where you have to drop the car and then walk straight north for less than 1 km.

 

Kiipsaare kitesurfing spot

 

There you will find a large sandy beach with plenty of space to set your kitesurfing gear and enjoy your session.

 

Kipsaare kitesurfing spot

 

2. South Wind Kite Spot

With South winds, Saaremaa's kite paradise is  Mandjala Beach, very close to the capital of the island, Kuressaare: a gorgeous 6 km long and wide sandy beach where you can even find occasional sandbanks which protect small flat-water ponds. On this beach, you can find a local surf club which offers activities in no wind moments as wakeboarding.

 

Mandjala Beach kitesurf

 

The access to this beach is very easy and close to the local road that goes parallel for all its length. Just pick your parking spot, walk 5 min through the beautiful pine tree bush and you’ll find this amazing kitesurfing place. Plenty of space to set up your gear on the wide sandy beach.  A really cool spot!
 

Mandjala Kitesurf spot

 

3. West Wind Kite Spot

The west wind is not good for Mandjala beach because it turns out to become offshore and very gusty due to the already mentioned forest behind it. A great spot in these conditions can be found on a small beach directly on the dirt road of Lomala-Kaugatoma. Since there is no better description, geo coordinates can help to find it way faster: LAT 58°08'44.1"N LON 22°13'05.6"E.

 

Saaremaa west kite spot

 

The small pebble beach is directly visible from the road and gives access to a protected lagoon of rather shallow water. Apart from the narrow beach entrance, the kite spot is very easy since it presents shallow water and almost no waves.

 

Saarema west wind kitesurfing spot

 

Shoes though are recommended due to the entrance in the water, which has stones and rocky areas.

 

West wind kitesurf spot Saaremaa

 

It appears clear that the geographical position of the island grants great kitesurfing conditions and makes it a quite attractive kite destination if you are in the Baltic Republics' area. But Saaremaa offers a lot just as simple tourists in no wind days.

 

Saaremaa Kuressaree castle sunset

 

Kuressaare, the capital, with its majestic castle and a nice old town full of restaurants, it is the place worth to stay as a base to tack the island discovery. There are several SPAs in town if you would need any beauty or relaxation treatment.

 

Kuressare old toen

 

You can also visit other beaches like the very popular Tuhkana on the north coast (probably a nice kite spot with a northwest wind, but we didn’t try it).

 

Tuhkana beach Saaremaa

 

Further West from Tuhkana,  Panga Cliff dominates the panorama and the Baltic sea view towards the neighbor island of Hiiumaa.

 

Panga cliff

 

On the way back to Kuressaare, you can stop in one of the several local restaurants on the road, often cozy and picturesque.



saaremaa tavern
 

In the center of the island, you can visit the Kaali site where you can see the remaining craters of 9 meteorites which impacted here between 3000 and 5000 BCE. The place is magical and during the centuries it has been the location of numerous legends from the local tribes.

 

Kaali meteorite craters

 

In sum, Saaremaa is an amazing island that combines very good kitesurfing conditions to great sightseen, relaxation, and interesting local food traditions.

it is very easily reached with a 30' fast and comfortable connection by ferry from the coastal port of Virstu.

A not to miss spot if you hang in the area.


Aug 18, 2020 by Kitesurf Culture

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