Surroundings of Narva

On the coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 12 kilometres from Narva is the small and cosy resort town Narva-Jõesuu, which has been for ages one of the most beautiful places for summer holidays in Estonia. People came here from St. Petersburg, Moscow, the Crimea and the Caucasus. Among the celebrities of Narva-Jõesuu were the famous painters Repin and Shishkin, writers Leskov and Mamin-Sibirjak, the poet Severjanin. The beach and the forest parks bordering it have been nicely preserved in their natural state.
The excellent balneological climate, pine woods, long stretches of beach with fine-grained golden sand extending for 13 kilometres, the cool and clean water of the Baltic Sea – all of this makes Narva-Jõesuu particularly attractive to visitors.



It is thought that this is precisely the spot where the Russian painter Ivan Shishkin loved to work. The pine tree is also called the Pine of Kisses. People believe that when young people kiss for the first time under this pine tree, they will love each other forever.

Laagna Holiday Inn hotel is one of the cheap hotels among the best western hotels located on the interstate highways in European Union. A magic town, situated on the shore of a picturesque lake appears right in front of your eyes if you turn off the Narva - Tallinn motorway 12 km away from Narva and drive for about 800 meters. The hotel Laagna was built in 1994 and renovated in 2000. It consists of several separate buildings and has got 30 double rooms, a restaurant, a disco bar, a conference hall, saunas, sport grounds and a small Aqua park for 60 persons. In 2002 the hotel was given a purse awarded by the President of the Estonian Republic for the Beautiful Land Improvement. A guarded car parking area allows placing about 60 caravans and a lot of tents. There is a sandy sea beach 3 km away from the hotel and there is a foot and bicycle path to it.


Sinimäe in Vaivara represents three chained to each other hills, which stretch from the east to the west. Their total length is up to 3.4 km. Their northern slope is 35 metres high above the sea level. The total height of the mountains: Tornmägi ("Tower mountain") - 69.9 metres, Põrguhauamägi ("Hell mountain") - 82.3 metres and Pargimägi ("Park mountain") - 84.6 metres. In different periods of time during wars these mountains served as a natural fortification belt.

Sillamäe town has been closed for a long time for visitors and kept secret because of its military industrial function. After closing down the highly secret industry, the town, which was built at the seaside based on a compact plan and filled with well-styled architecture, is finally opened, for both visitors and new ideas. Sillamäe, is a “bridge” between the European Union and the Russian Federation, where a free trade zone, a harbour, and working industrial enterprises have been established, along with other developments.


There is every reason to visit the village of Toila - the pearl of the Gulf of Finland.
The beach at Toila is uniquely marvellous. On the coast there are dolomite plates polished by the waves of the sea. In some places they form banks along the coast, in others they are heaped on top of each other.
But the real adornment of Toila is the Oru park. The Toila-Oru park was established at the end of the last century and various tree species were added gradually. Lime trees were planted along the central avenue. There is an abundance of maple trees and silvery poplars in the park, In all 270 different species of bushes and trees have been counted here. SThe saplings were brought from Europe, North-America and the Far-East.
The St. Petersburg millionaire Grigory Jeliseev built a villa on the right side of the valley with a view over the Gulf of Finland. This trader had also villas at the Mediterranean, in Byelorussia and in the Crimea. Nevertheless he regarded Toila as the most beautiful of all these places. „The Crimea in the miniature“ – that is how his contemporaries characterised the Oru park.
Regardless of the great destruction wrought during the World War II, the Toila-Oru park has retained its beauty to these days. The park has a varied landscape, a network of ponds, rosaries and alpinariums being restored, the Song Festival grounds where open-air song festivals are held annually.


The Pühtitsa Stavropigic Convent of the Dormancy of the Blessed Virgin is the only functioning Orthodox monastery in Estonia. There is a beautiful legend about the story of its founding. In the 15th century local shepherds saw for a few times the Blessed Virgin on the mountain. Soon an icon of the Dormancy of the Blessed Virgin was found at the foot of an oak tree. In honour of this event the local people built a bell tower on top of the Pühtitsa hill, which was later named the Hill of the Mother of God. The Russian Orthodox Church regarded the spot as holy and in 1891 started the construction of the Uspenski convent there.
The architectural ensemble of the convent includes the church of the convent with five green domes, wooden houses for nuns, and a school, a home for the elderly and a hospital, accommodation for pilgrims, cemetery and a holy spring, which is believed to have a therapeutic effect. All tours are finished with bathing in the waters of this spring, regardless of the season. All works in the convent are done by the nuns. They paint icons, bind books, embroider, grow vegetables, and keep bees.