In addition to hiking trails and observation towers you can have an active vacation by wondering around from Matsi beach to Marimetsa bog trail.
Boat trips to the Matsalu reeds start from the Suitsu bridge. At the beginning of the 20th century, the men of Kirikuküla built a number of fishermen huts on the banks of the Suitsu River, some of which have been preserved and restored.
One of the most interesting historical object is Kasari bridge, which was built in 1904. The 308 m long and 7 m wide bridge was the longest reinforced concrete bridge in Europe at that time. The bridge was renovated in 2000 and can now be used only by pedestrians. During flood season the bridge surrounding gives spectacular experience.
Boulders from the Ice Age often occur here. The best known of them are Jaagu-Mihkli Hiiekivi in the village of Ridase and Näärikivid on the southern shore of Matsalu Bay.
Salevere Salumägi marks the past coastline – the outcrop was carved out from a limestone plateau and polished by the sea, that last reached here 4000 years ago. Stairs and a boardwalk take the visitors down the limestone cliff to the Silmaallika spring. Under the outcrop grows the klint forest, on top of the cliff there is a species-rich forest. References to ancient settlement and remnants of the rampart have also been found here.
Several wooded meadows have been preserved in Western Estonia. The best known of them is one of the richest in species in Europe – Laelatu wooded meadow and the largest restored wooded meadow in Estonia – Nedrema (80 ha). Wooded meadows are known primarily as an orchid habitat. The Allika and Viita wooded meadows in Kirikuküla are also significant.
Most of the old oaks have been preserved in the Mihkli-Koonga area, the most famous of which is the Mihkli oakwood, which is worth visiting during the spring.
The pearl of the nature of Western Estonia is the Puhtu forest, a broad-leaved forest on the peninsula near Virtsu. The forest can be visited all year around, in addition to the native trees and the luxuriant spring flowers, you can enjoy bird voices and bird migration.
Marshes and bogs make up a good third of the local landscape. They have arisen due to the swamping of lower basins, but also due to the overgrowth of coastal lakes. Unfortunately, most of the Estonian swamps have been drained and cultivated into fields. One exception is the Tuhu mire, where a large part of the swamps are still untouched by human activity. The Nehatu mire, which is covered by a rare sword grass filed in Estonia, is also botanically interesting, but difficult to access.
The Marimetsa bog, which is located further off the coast, differs from the other bogs in Western Estonia in terms of its extensive bog pools.
To the south of Varbla, both the vegetation and the landscape change. The rocky limestone openings are replaced by sand dunes and light-filled pine forests.
- Penijõe hiking trail
- Penijõe-Aegviidu-Kauksi hiking route
- Salevere hiking trail
- Suitsu hiking trail
- Tuhu hiking trail
- Puhtulaiu nature trail
- Kurese nature trail
- Nedrema wooded meadow campfire site
- Kolga nature study trail
- Lagleranna hiking trail
- Kiideva-Puise hiking trail ja Nurga rest stop
- Marimetsa hiking trail
- Baltic Coastal hiking trail