Perched on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Estonia is home to the best-preserved medieval city in Europe – the capital of Tallinn. With over 1,500 islands, you’ll also encounter unusually rustic beaches which are best enjoyed during the short summer period between mid-June and late August. A stroll through the fairy-tale Old Town of Tallinn will make you feel as if you’ve time travelled back to the Middle Ages. Lined with medieval manor houses and ancient churches, the city is still largely enclosed by its 13th-century walls. The stunning town square hosts a historic market place as well as open-air concerts, cafés and medieval festivals. Lahemaa National Park can be reached within an hour from Tallinn and offers hikes through dense forests and pretty villages. To soak up Estonia’s island vibe, take a jaunt out to Saaremaa – the country’s largest island and home to the famous Bishop’s Castle. Tallinn has hotels galore, but if you’re after something a little different then you can also book a stay in historic manors and cosy woodland cabins.