The story of the Postal road
The old Tartu-Võru road, otherwise known as the Postal Road, has been called the most beautiful paved road in Estonia. Many drivers say that if they have time to spare, they choose the old stretch of road to drive from Tartu to Põlva or Võru. The road begins at the Liiva intersection, passes through Ihamaru, Karilatsi, Tilleoru and Puskaru, from where you can drive to Põlva, Kanepi, Võru, or even Latvia!
The road, which has followed the same route for centuries, is lined with beautiful views, trees and hedges and hiking trails; Tilleorg and Palojärv with its popular recreational area. Road markings, inn sites and old bridges tell a tale of the rich history of the road.
The Postal Road is a trading route and warpath with a dignified and exciting history. Over many centuries, it has connected Tartu, Kirumpää, Vastseliina and Pskov, and along the road the horses of Swedish, Russian and Polish rulers have galloped. From the mid-19th century the road was ridden by stage coaches and a network of post stations was established along it, which is why it is called the historic ‘Postitee’.
Two local museums, the Estonian Road Museum and the Põlva Peasant Museum, display the history. And a suitable place for a rest can be found by both a smaller group of travellers or for a larger gathering. You can find many exciting, educational and fascinating activities, on the ground or up in the air! If you wish to grab a bite to eat, visit the Varbuse Teemaja or Pizza Olive. Booking in advance is highly reccommended in most rural places.
But first and foremost the Postal Road is a comfortable, clean and peaceful living environment where people, animals and wildlife in general have room to breathe and to be. People with an open heart and mind are always welcome here!