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One-day tour of the romantic Haapsalu
14. April 2021
In the romantic town of Haapsalu, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the locals, who’ll surprise you for their sincerity and their interest in history and culture. You can come and stroll along its romantic streets, lined with quaint wooden houses and admire the play of the sun’s rays on the Haapsalu Promenade just as world-famous composer Tchaikovsky did in his day. The promenade starts at the exotically named Africa Beach. There is a children’s playground in the beginning of the route and the town’s only birdwatching tower, but the tower unfortunately is not pram- or wheelchair-accessible. Near the end of the promenade, there is a wheelchair skills training park and an accessible outdoor gym. There is a special playground that is wheelchair-accessible and adapted to children with special needs. The promenade is paved, spacious, accessible, and a popular place for fishing among local wheelchair users.
In the heart of Haapsalu is also a small lake called Väike Viik. The beautiful surrounding bay and the picturesque sunsets there offer a fairytale-like experience. The lake is also home to various birds, like swans, geese, and ducks. A pedestrian path goes along the shore and is easily accessible. Most of the route is paved with asphalt, but there are a few unpaved stretches. There is also a small beach area and an accessible swimming spot with a special bridge going into the water. In summer, the water is rather warm. Not far from the Väike Viik is a 2 km long route from Paralepa beach to Õhtu kallas street. The city route stars at the Paralepa beach parking lot. Paralepa beach has always been a sandy beach with one of the warmest water temperatures in Estonia. To access the water front by wheelchair, one might need assistance when going through the sandy shoreline. At the start of the route, there is an accessible toilet. From the parking lot, a wooden walking path leads to the beach and over a small bridge to a paved pedestrian road. The whole route is wheelchair-accessible, but there is one uneven stretch. The last section of the path has many benches for a nice rest stop with a scenic view and sea breeze. Overlooking the bay, one may spot many birds, such as geese, swans, ducks, etc. The trail is pram- and wheelchair-accessible for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.
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