Sörve cape and lighthouse, Saaremaa islandSörve cape and lighthouse, Saaremaa island

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  • Off the path Explo
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    This cape is quite famous in the region, but still it has a really "off the path" aspect! Cool work!
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      Nice description and tips!
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      Useful informations and you added a plan!
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      Yes, 4 pics!
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      Yes!
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      Yep, you write about a few different spots in your article, but still ok.
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A nice cape at the extrem end of the Saaremaa island.

My experience, Explo description: 

South from the Sõrve Peninsula lies Irbe Strait, the main entrance to the Gulf of Riga of the Baltic Sea.

Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the sea route to Riga.

In the first half of the 20th century strong coastal batteries were installed on it by Imperial Russia up to 1917 and then by the Soviet Union after 1940. In the course of World War II, the peninsula saw major fighting between Soviet and German forces, first in 1941 with the Germans attacking and the Soviets defending, and again in 1944 with the roles reversed.

But the Sõrve peninsula is also a wonderful natural attractions, with many rare species of birds, flowers and insects can be found throughout Sõrve. Have a look at the cape. For sure it is a bit touristic, but you really like at the end of the world!

The Sõrve säär lighthouse is a round concrete building. It was built in 1960 to replace a square stone lighthouse built in 1770. This former lighthouse was destroyed during WW2. In 1945 a temporary wooden lighthouse was built to serve during the period between two permanent lighthouses.

One more interesting piece of History dealing with the area: on the peninsula, about 400 people live there throughout the year, but most of the people are retired. Before the war, Sõrve was the most densely inhabited rural area in Estonia...

My personal recommendations: 

If you are looking for more information about the local nature life, you can also visit the small private museum called "Sorve Loodusmuuseum" (Sorve Nature Museum) from 10am to 20pm. Tel: +372 51 309 21 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +372 51 309 21      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (ask for Tonu).

How getting there: 

The cape is accessible by car. It is located about 40km from Kuressaare.

A tip to eat: 

There is a little bar close to the car park.

A tip to sleep: 

No place to sleep there!

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long!

Visit duration: 

1 hour.

Entry fees: 

Free!

Access security: 

Due to the war, even now, more than 60 years after the war it is dangerous to walk in undeveloped forest areas around because many land mines still remain.