Parnu, Estonia – Things to do in 24 hours

Parnu Estonia in 48 hours

After visiting Riga, I decided to go to Parnu in Estonia.  I had heard about what a great beach resort town it is and despite the temperature dropping considerably to around 14 degrees celsius, I decided it was still a good idea to go.

I left Riga at lunchtime and got the bus to Parnu, it’s about a 2 hour 30 mins journey and this time I travelled with Ecolines at a cost of 10 euro.  When I arrived into the station I got my bag and walked the couple of blocks to my hostel.  I stayed at the Hommiku Hostel (there are only 2 hostels in Parnu) as it had the best rating but it is more like a self catering room with bunk beds in it, the rooms themselves are clean with a kitchen but outside the room there is no common area to meet other guests and as it was out of season I had the room to myself, a real luxury that I did enjoy!!

Parnu itself is a very popular summer coastal town in Estonia.  It has beautiful white sandy beaches with lots of activities such as kayaking, water skiing, yachting and bars and restaurants along the beach too.  These are open from 1 June to 31 August.  I unfortunately was there on the 18-20th September so everything was closed, despite the beach being very busy.

When I first arrived I checked into the hostel and then decided to go for a walk down to the beach.  It’s about a 15 minute walk from the main town and despite the cold the beach was quite busy, though not with people sunbathing as it was about 14 degrees celsius.  I was hoping to get something to eat down at the beach but nothing in the area is open, though there were a few hotel restaurants not too far away.

The beach itself is nice and I can imagine is a lovely place to spend a summers day, the water is very shallow so ideal for families.  There are lots of benches on the beach and climbing frames and swings for the kids.

Parnu Beach Estonia

I walked along the beach looking for a place to eat until I got to the Parnu Beach Meadow, it’s a nature reserve with lots of cows grazing there.  It has a boardwalk to walk around and an observation tower, a great place for bird watchers.

Parnu Beach Meadow Estonia

It was a nice sunny day and the views were great.  I then walked along the promenade and back to the hostel to get on the internet and find somewhere for dinner.

After a quick look on tripadvisor I decided on Pizza Restaurant Steffani and I can say that the pizza is really good and the prices were good too.  It was actually the only restaurant I ate at while I was there, as I was limited for options being out of season!!

After a nice sleep in the next day I decided to get up and explore the town, it’s not very big and does not take long to walk around.

Tallin Gate Parnu Estonia

My first stop was Tallin Gate, it is the only surviving 17th century gate in the baltic region. It is the only part of the fortification left in Parnu as the rest was removed in the 19th century.  In the old moat there is the highest fountain in Estonia and you can walk along the path around the moat and across a bridge which leads back towards the beach. There are lots of benches and a cafe that opens in summer.

Parnu Estonia

From here I walked along the river and back to the beach and to the jetty.  This is another nice path through the nature reserve.

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From there I walked back along the beach, through the ladies only section (though not sure I would of been in that section had I been there in summer!!)

Parnu Estonia

I then went back to the hostel to warm up past the Spa and through a beautiful park.

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I decided in the evening to go back to the beach to watch sunset, I am so glad I persuaded myself to go as despite the cold it’s one of the best sunsets I have ever seen.  Just so beautiful and worth freezing on a beach for 30 minutes.

Parnu Beach Estonia Parnu Beach Estonia Parnu Beach Estonia

It was then back to the pizza place to warm up before returning to the hostel.  The next morning I had another nice sleep in before catching the bus to Tartu in eastern Estonia.

If you visit Parnu out of season then really you only need a maximum of 24 hours to see everything, but go down to the beach and catch sunset it really is amazing.

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Parnu Estonia Things to do in 24 hours

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21 thoughts on “Parnu, Estonia – Things to do in 24 hours

  1. Looks like a lovely place, the beaches and architecture are both beautiful. Would love to properly tour Estonia at some point. Tallinn has been intriguing me for some time now but now there’s more on my list!

  2. That beach looks beautiful even on a grey day. It must be packed in summer! We have a ladies beach here too, however, you’re NOT allowed to be naked lol! I thought it was the same there until I saw the picture properly.

  3. The Tallin Gate is a beaut! So are the beaches. I wonder what the ladies only beach looks like in the summer lol not sure if I’d wanna walk past that either!

  4. It looks amazing especially the sunset photos! I am intrigued by the Ladies Beach. This is my first time to hear of it. Thanks for pointing out that it can be seen in 1 day and to prioritize the beach and the sunset! 🙂

  5. Parnu looks gorgeous. I mean, look at those sunset photos! I’ve only ever been to Tallinn in Estonia, and I’ve been to Riga in Latvia. Shame I didn’t know about this place back then. Would’ve loved to relax on that beach 🙂

  6. Looks like a really gorgeous part of the world and some great tips on how to spend a day there. Not quite so sure Parnu would be quite so pleasant at this time of the year however, might just have to leave it until it warms up a little bit. Nevertheless, a great find and somewhere that I imagine goes a little unexplored

  7. I didn’t know Estonia had a beach – I’m sure it must be great to sunbathe there during the hotter Summer months. I would also skip the Ladies’ Beach though…lol! Eastern Europe is at the top of my travel list and when I go I’ll make sure to visit Estonia. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for the tip. Parnu looks lovely. I sometimes love visiting these types of places out of the tourist season as there are less ‘tourists’.
    I agree well worth the cold for the sunset. Thanks for putting Parnu on my radar.

    • Estonia is a beautiful country with so much to see and despite Parnu being a summer town it was nice for a short visit out of season 🙂

  9. I’ve never been to Estonia, but your photos have piqued my interest! The Tallinn Gate, with its pink color, looks beautiful. The pink color even reminds me a bit of the pink sand beaches in Bermuda! Will have to check out Parnu when I’m back over in Europe.

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