Every summer, one week at the end of July
Saaremaa Opera Days - unparalleled atmosphere, touching music, heartbreaking opera tragedies
|Saaremaa - seawise island|
People have always been inspired by the mystery and remoteness of islands. It's true that the more inaccessible a place, the more you want to go there. One of the reasons why islands continue to attract people is probably the opportunity to feel like an explorer discovering new land.
Estonia has 1,521 offshore islands. Saaremaa, the biggest island, can be reached by ferries or by regular flights. The feeling of remoteness still remains, since ferry and plane traffic would stop at sunset.
This is where the mystery of islands begins - you believe you are independent, but actually you are not.
Being surrounded by the sea, it has taught the Islanders some wisdom: firstly, they have learned to be patient waiting to get to the island and secondly, they have learned to look into the distance, while walking on the shore. The Islanders have realised that they are not the centre of the world, since there are many other lands across the sea, which they and their ancestors have visited. And the Islanders have also realised that it is unwise to brave the stormy weather and the wild sea. These pieces of wisdom seem to have made the Islanders stick together, and whenever one Islander meets another, they always feel the bond between them.