Beautiful Muhu – more than just a stopover
Muhu comes third in the “size ranking” of the Estonian islands. It is about 200 square kilometres in size. The island is situated approximately 10 kilometres off the west coast of the mainland and lies in north eastern direction from Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa.
Nevertheless, the island of Muhu should not only be considered a transition point to the larger island. Muhu is also a “fixed” component of a nature reserve consisting of the islands of Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Vormsi, with the total area of around 15,000 square kilometres.
The reason for this is quite obvious: Muhu is beautiful, even gorgeous – this summarizes the impressions in one or two words. Large woods, coast lines overgrown with juniper and moss and the huge amount of boulders, which seem to be almost everywhere, are characteristic of the island. Furthermore, there are some isolated settlements which integrate perfectly into the lovely landscape – only around 2,200 people live on the island.
This is why the locals are calm and serene about the fact that the number of visitors is constantly growing on the island of Muhu. Tourism has already superseded the fishing industry as the most important source of income. But tranquillity and natural origin still remain perceptible all over the place. Some riding farmyards scattered around the island and farmhouses transformed into guesthouses are very popular with tourists.
Another sight of the island lies in the west. It is the historic village of Koguva, which today serves as a kind of inhabited open-air museum. The settlement that dates back to the 16th century stretches idyllically on an elevation above the sea.
A maze of tiny streets as well as granges consisting mostly of several buildings and thick walls of natural stone suggest that time has stopped in Koguva. The is a good reason for the former post office and ferry station to have been declared protected national heritage 1968.
- Next island: Vormsi