Without a doubt, a bicycle is the most convenient way to get around in summertime Pärnu. There are more than 45 kilometres of bikeways and shared-use paths in Pärnu allowing you to tour the entire city. The bicycle provides an easy access to your favourite dining place, concert venue, or the beach. It is also the most convenient way to explore the parks in the city centre or the Jaanson Trail running along the river bank. Pedalling through the city allows you to take in the mood of the day and absorb aromas, voices, and impressions.
Many cycling paths take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the County of Pärnu. The countryside is perfect for a ride, as the landscape is gentle and the roads run down the coastline dotted with observation towers, or between beautiful forests.
The unique Kihnu Island is a perfect place to explore on bike; you can rent a bike from the island’s harbour. Routes of different lengths take you to explore the local life, architecture, and wildlife. You may encounter local traders on the roadsides selling honey, smoked fish or handicraft; it is always a good idea to carry some cash in your pocket.
Guided tours allow you to see the main sights of the city, hear exciting facts about the history of Pärnu, and ask questions about the way people used to live in the old Hanseatic town – or about their life today. In addition to the traditional guided tours, there are also thematic ones, such as ghost tours, history of the Pärnu resort, and churches and religion in the history of Pärnu. There are single-person tours and tours for larger groups. A guided walking tour of Pärnu lasts about 1 h, but if you want to explore the history of the resort and beach area, you will need about 2.5–3 hours. It is also possible to book a guided tour of Pärnu County.