The beach in Pärnu is famous, but I didn’t realise how fantastic it is until we went there. I’d be happy to go back!
I was impressed to read on a statue that already in the 19th century the head of the town had the foresight to start developing the beach area to make it a prime holiday destination. The beach is long and wide, it has small playareas, beach volleyball etc all over. There is also a big playground at one end, all for free.
As a proper beach resort Pärnu beach has a multitude of activities one plays separately for like pedal cars (a must for our son), miniature diggers, zorbing balls etc as well as small cafes. The fantastic Tervise Paradiis Spa, where we spent a rainy day, is at one end of the beach.
The old town offered us a lovely evening stroll even in rain and has many cute cafes, shops and restaurants. For a Finn all prices in Estonia are moderate. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures in the rain so you may fave to go and see for yourself!
We spent the first night in Pärnu in a tent just outside of the town. The location was beautiful and the playground had intriguing options for the kids. The hammocks were a hit and I admired how our kids played with Latvian kids happily almost without a common language. A tentsite there cost us 16e/night.
For the second night we quickly booked an apartment in Pärnu downtown as the rainfall was so heavy. A fully furnished two bedroom apartment on the main street cost 90e/night and that made this part of our trip much more pleasurable.
I think Pärnu is an affordable and fun destination for most travellers!