Spoiler alert – Estonia’s cute and compact capital Tallinn isn’t the country’s only cultural metropolis. Enter second city Tartu, the southern university city, so long under the northern counterpart’s shadow. As Tartu prepares to enter 2024 as a European Capital of Culture, with a packed program of edgy and eye-catching events, it’s an excellent time to immerse yourself in the fascinating southern Estonian region.
The natural bounty from the cold-water seas, rivers and forests has fed the people of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for centuries. Realising the best way to keep food miles low is to embrace the cooking techniques and traditional ingredients of their ancestors, innovative farm-to-table restaurants have cropped up in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, creating a sustainable food scene akin to Scandinavia’s New Nordic movement.
Once The Baltics by Electric Car trip is complete, embark on another unforgettable rail journey, the low-carbon way, from Tallinn, Estonia through the heart of Europe as we end our Sustainable Journeys adventure from The Baltics, stopping in Hamburg, and Brussels before arriving in London.
While Tallinn and its picture-perfect old town hog the tourism limelight it’s in the outlying rural areas where Estonia’s enduring appeal can be found, contends Karl Cushing. With everything from onion soup and onion pie to onion vodka making it onto my menu by midday, I could only be in one place – touring Estonia’s epic Onion Route.
Sustainable Journeys are delighted to share why we partner with Travel Addicts Club our local representative in The Baltics. Our collaboration and the Journeys we have created together align seamlessly with our ethos in travel.
It has to be said that the Baltic states aren’t the place to head if you’re looking for cuisine largely sourced from imported ingredients, high-end shopping with products manufactured in distant sweatshops, and stays in hotels owned by huge chains. However, if you’re wanting a holiday full of outdoor adventure where sustainability is very much the focus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are ideal.