KuressaareKuressaare is the capital of Saaremaa, the largest of Estonia's islands.
The earliest records of Kuressaare is a document written in 1381 that mentions that the town housed the fortified residency of a local Catholic bishop and that it was the main center for the islands of western Estonia. Kuressaare used to be known as Arensburg, and it received city status in 1563. The town has a population of around 13,000 (2018).
Tourist Information Centrephone: +372 45 33 766address: Tallinna 2
By busSeveral buses run daily between Kuressaare and Tallinn's main bus station. The trip takes 4 hours and traverses the strait between the mainland and the islands by means of a 30-minute ferry.
Bus schedules are easily available online – read more under Estonia#Get around.
Saaremaa Museum / CastleThe fortress is well preserved and located in the city center.
- Health spas. The city has a large number of spas.
There are several malls around town as well as some smaller shops in the town centre.
- Saaremaa Kaubamaja, Raekoja 1. Has a sports shop, a department store and several other smaller shops.
- Auriga Center, Tallinna 88. The biggest mall in Kuressaare, located at the edge of the town. Offers clothes shops, restaurants and a cinema.
- In the city center, next to the tourist office, is a brown building. There are some clothes shops, a bookstore and a kiosk.
phone: +372 453 6910address: Lossi 3Italian restaurant.
address: Tallinna 16
address: Tallinna 88, Kudjape, Lääne-Saaremaa valdFinnish fast food chain
phone: +327 453 9749address: Lossipark 1Only open in summer.
address: Tallinna 11
address: Raekoja 8
address: Tallinna 10a
Server Backpackersphone: +372 5050409address: Tolli 7
Guesthouse Lauritsphone: +372 56499227address: Kauba 5Excellent ratings.
Mid-range and splurge
phone: +372 452 4700address: Lossi 15
phone: +372 45 50 000, +372 45 50 101address: Tori 2
phone: +372 666 7000address: Tallinna 15
phone: +372 45 40000address: Kauba 13
phone: +372 45 31 888address: Lasteaia 7
Saaremaa Spa Hotels: Meri, Ruutli & Saaremaa ValssThree spa hotels in the town.