5 reasons to visit Prangli Island
Thanks to satellites we have discovered that Estonia has 2222 islands. Therefore, there are great many islands which have their own uniqueness. If you wish to visit Estonian islands, we recommend to start with Prangli. Here are 5 reasons to visit Prangli island.
1) Prangli Island is the closest island to Tallinn that has maintained its native population and culture
People have inhabited the island for over 600 consecutive years, which makes Prangli the only Northern Estonian island with native settlement based on year-round inhabitants. There’s an old saying that Prangli is located behind God’s back. It’s situated between Finland and Estonia. During Soviet times, even at the border of the Iron Curtain, the island has retained its local dialect, traditions and the culture of coastal people.
2) Prangli is untouched by mass tourism
Prangli is a rather tiny island, yet it has surprisingly diverse and untouched nature. Pine forests, coastal meadows, juniper fields, long sunsets on lonely sand beaches offer enjoyment to nature lovers. With each year, the mysterious, timeless aura and unique fishing villages of Prangli delight equally Estonians and tourists who are visiting Tallinn.
3) The weather is better than on the mainland
In summer, there is usually less rain and more sunny days on Prangli island than in the mainland of Estonia. Go figure but it’s true…
4) The islanders drive old soviet cars
Riding in an old open-top soviet truck or a jeep is definitely an adventure on its own. This kind of transportation is only allowed on some Estonian islands due to the special “small island law”. Therefore, it’s impossible to find these kind of cars on the mainland. Have a chance to try it out on the Prangli Island Day Trip from Tallinn. See for yourself how fun it is.
5) Traditional food is still held in esteem
The islanders have very strong fishing traditions. Therefore it’s possible to taste the local fish dishes. Smoked flounder and eel are still one of the favourites on the island. There is also “prägeldis” (impossible to translate) that every now and then locals munch on. It’s a traditional dish only found on Prangli island. It’s basically a hotchpotch of all the week’s leftover food. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it!
The most convenient way to visit this unique Estonian Island is by joining the day trip to Prangli Island from Tallinn City Centre or do the self-guided tour on the island.
Get to know the traditions, hear the stories and legends, enjoy the nature and experience the island aura!