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“Marvelous Pirita”
Review of Pirita

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Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and...
Ranked #35 of 314 things to do in Tallinn
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Only twenty minutes ride away from the Old Town, the Pirita District can seem a whole world away. Three kilometres of white sand, backed by windswept palms, make the Pirita beach the most popular in the region, and on a hot summer's day Estonians hit the resort en masse for sunbathing, volleyball and swimming as well as more adventurous watersports like windsurfing.

Thankfully Pirita offers many more charms besides sand, sea and sexy girls in bikinis. Between the long stretch of beach and the Mervivalje Tee highway lies a beautiful area of forested parkland: if it's a little too brisk for swimming in speedos, then the many woodland paths provide great opportunities for cycling, rollerblading or just good old fashion walking. The beachfront's most prominent building, the Olympic Yachting Centre (built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics in which Tallinn hosted the yachting regatta) offers a host of diversions.

Also ruins of St. Bridget's Convent are worth to see. Built in the first half of the 15th Century the convent came a cropper in the Livonian War against Ivan the Terrible in 1577. Since then it has been an impressive skeleton on the landscape.

Also worth checking out if you are flush for time are the Botanical Gardens and Tallinn Television Tower, about 2km inland. The Gardens are a horticulturalist's dream with around 8,000 species of plantlife, whilst the Soviet eyesore justifies it's exsistence with amazing vistas over Tallinn and its environs from an 170m high viewing platform. On a clear day you can even see Helsinki!

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

The marina is a convenient option to the expensive one downtown, The Kalev Yacht Club, serves excellent lunches and dinners and the beaches to the south of the harbor are marvelous.

Thank yogiacomo
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I wanted to see the ruins of the convent in Pirita so we made an effort to get there with the bus. It was interesting and there weren't many people there so it was nice and peaceful and we were able to walk among the ruins and appreciate the remaining structure. We went to have a look at Pirita beach as well which didn't look like much to be honest, a bit of a sad-looking beach with scatterings of people - perhaps it gets more happening during the weekends? We alighted from the bus back halfway through the journey and had a nice walk along the coast towards the Rusalka Memorial. It was a really pleasant stroll, with a nice view of Old Tallinn's skyline. I would recommend a trip out to Pirita to get away from the mad crowds and chillax!!

Thank doofvfood
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Being 700 kilometres from the sea, the Moscow Olympic commitee had to find a salt water yachting venue.
They choose Pirita Marina, and the 1980 Olympic site in Tallinn still proudly shows the games emblem for those controversial games.
This site is showing its age with paint peeling, and some concrete missing, but it is still a viable marina capable of berthing 750 yachts.
This was a nice interesting detour, but nothing more than that.

Thank cherriesfan_9
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Spent a couple of days on the beach at Pirita, the beach is lovely and quieter than most (though Sundays can be a different matter when the locals descend in numbers). And how often do you get to paddle in the Baltic?

Thank philr1911
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