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Once a powerful seaside trading port, Tallinn has a vast stretch of coastline and a rich maritime past, making it an increasingly popular choice for great-value city breaks. In summertime, visitors can stroll, cycle and even roller blade along the Pirita promenade or sunbathe on the sandy beaches with the picture-perfect city as a backdrop.
From medieval roots to Danish and Tsarist occupation, the city's rich culture has been shaped by its coveted trading position on the shores of gulf of Finland. Why not time your Tallinn holiday to coincide with the numerous festivals that run throughout the year? From Tallinn Medieval Days, when Town Hall Square is filled with traditional market stalls, fair damsels and knights in shining armour, to the Night of Ancient Lights, celebrating the end of summer - there's a host of activities in celebration of its colourful history that will keep kids entertained during a family break.
Short Tallinn city breaks are perfect for culture lovers who can explore the enchanting Old Town, with its winding cobbled streets, stone turrets and secret courtyards dotted with craft shops selling Estonian folk-patterned jumpers, felt hats, carved beer mugs and hand-painted marzipan. In winter, the area is transformed into a magical wonderland, with a world-famous Christmas market and outdoor ice-rink.
With direct flights from Dublin to Tallinn and a variety of accommodation options , you can soon immerse yourself in this fairytale setting. Visit Tallinn and view the gabled rooftops from the cold-war era TV tower, gaze at the onion-domed splendour of the St Alexander Nevksy Cathedral or pay a visit to the Town Hall Pharmacy, where mummy juice, snakeskin potion and powdered unicorn horn were once purportedly sold.