Prangli Island Tourist Attractions and Info
Prangli (6.44km2) is the closest island to Tallinn that has retained its native population and culture for more than 600 years.
Believe it or not, permanent residents (70) have their own dialect of Estonian, ride their own type of boat and have very strong fishing traditions. Prangli is untouched by mass tourism, and has wonderful sandy beaches, pine forests and old fishermens villages.
There are a number of cosy and authentic local tourist farms offering accommodation, catering and transport on the island.
From June to August, the local seaside restaurant is open for everybody. In summer time, one can enjoy different concerts, sport events and theme parties on Prangli Island. Transport to the island is offered daily from Leppneeme port in Viimsi. Prangli Travel organizes daytrips to Prangli Island from Tallinn City Centre.
What to see on Prangli Island?
1. Fishing villages
In its three small villages Prangli has managed to preserve the traditional fishing village atmosphere from the last century, mixed with some Soviet influences, and the narrow streets are bordered with dry-stone walls.
2. Memorial of the ship “Eesti Rand”
The “Eesti Rand” was one of the last ships taking deportees from Estonia to Russia in 1941. The captain, who steered the ship to the coast of Prangli after it had been bombed, saved more than 2700 Estonians from drowning and from being deported to the gulags in Russia.
3. Prangli Museum
A small private museum provides an introduction to the history and traditions of Prangli and Aksi Islands. Traditional seal-hunting and fishing equipment are included in its exhibits.
4. Prangli Church
There has been a church in Prangli Island for more than 400 years. It has been rebuilt 4 times, the Saint Lawrence church we see here today, was built in 1848.
5. Erratic boulders
Estonia is considered to be a classical distribution area for erratic boulders. Prangli is has many of these boulders. These large stones have provided an inexhaustible source for local folklore since ancient times and various legends and beliefs relate to them. Prangli Island is home to one of the 120 of Estonia’s giant boulders called Red Stone.
6. Beaches and forests
Prangli is untouched by mass tourism and it’s a wonderful place to admire Estonian nature. The island is rich in sandy beaches, and its many pine forests are filled with mushrooms and berries. None of the beaches on the island have lifeguards but all of the islanders and Estonians visitors still enjoy swimming here.
7. Natural-gas grill
In the 1900s gas was discovered on Prangli and on its tiny neighbouring island, Keri. For a while in the beginning of 20th century, Keri boasted the only natural gas fuelled lighthouse in the world. To this day, tourists can visit the public “natural gas grill”; located on Prangli Island.