Saaremaa has preserved its uniqueness thanks to its geographical location – its insulation from the rest territory of Estonia. You can still find stone fences and thatched roofs in the villages. Dolomite, juniper woods, the Kaali meteorite crater, and the famous Saaremaa beer are the symbols of Saaremaa.
Saaremaa has an only city which is also the capital of the island – Kuressaare, which used to be a historically important trading place. You can find the Bishop Castle in the city park – the only preserved medieval fortress in the Baltics. Currently, it operates as a museum, where you can see various history exhibitions, medieval interior, visit cellars and torture chambers!
The first health resort opened in Kuressaare in 1840, since then Saaremaa has been known as a resort place. There are interesting culture events taking place in Kuressaare every year – Opera Day, Sea Festival, Kuressaare Castle Day and other. Those interested in sports are welcomed to take part in a cycling competition in June or Saaremaa Rally in October.