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travel42 Port Guide: Saaremaa

Saaremaa travel42 Port of Call Guide

Estonia includes more than 1,500 offshore islands. The largest, Saaremaa, is about 80 mi/130 km southwest of Tallinn and was off-limits to visitors for more than 50 years. That had the unintended effect of preserving much of the island's old way of life—except for fishing. The Soviets worried the islands would be an easy escape point to the West, so they restricted travel to them and even made boat ownership by locals illegal.

As a result of such restriction, Saaremaa remains the most indelib...

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