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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