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This is ideal place for nature lovers and just one hour drive from Tallinn. Lahemaa is the oldest and largest national park in Estonia representing the nature and cultural heritage, typical of North Estonia. Established in 1971, covering an area of 72,500 ha. Lahemaa forests offer good habitats for large mammals, including large predators — permanent communities of bear, wolf, elks, wild boars, and lynx live here and at least 200 species of birds.
You will start cycling from Palmse – the heart of Lahemaa National Park. Palmse is worth knowing not only its natural beauty but also for its history. Your route takes you to Sagadi. The history of Sagadi manor dates back for 500 years.
Continue cycling to Altja fishing village. Altja was first mentioned in written records in 1465 and is a typical seaside village, with all its houses stretching along one street. In the 17th century there were 6 farmsteads in Altja. The main income came from fishing that was also traded against grain and clothing. In Altja you can see the fishing net sheds which were reconstructed based on old photographs and the memories of the villagers.
Next you will continue cycling to Võsu. Võsu has a beautiful 3 km long beach area with a belt of dunes behind it. Traditionally the Võsu beach belonged to Palmse manor state. In mid-19th century it was still a small fishing village with 11 farmsteads and 2 peasants holding, a watermill and a brickyard. Nowadays Võsu is primarily a seasonal town with the number of residents multiplying in summer. Continue cycling to Käsmu. It is steeped in maritime history and known in Estonia as the “Captains Village”. Was first mentioned in 1453. The main income came from fishing, but the families also traded salt, matches, logs, and bricks to Finland. The houses in the village were built before the First World War when seafaring had brought wealth and knowledge. Käsmu will not only appeal to lovers of maritime history but also to those people who enjoy deserted sandy beaches, where swans swim off the coast in boulder-strewn waters and the forest edges right up to the shore. Lunch at local restaurant in Lahemaa.
We bike for about 35 km.
Rejoin the coach and drive back to Tallinn.
The tour takes place in any weather and with at least 10 participants.