People have inhabited Värska for about 5000 years. It has been an important port, as it is located in a deep bay. Up until the WW II, most of the cargo transit was done with vessels, and Värska was one of the key ports for traders from Pskov.
Värska is the center of the Setomaa rural municipality, with about 500 inhabitants. It is a great place to live: there are bright pine forests, golden chanterelles and deep primeval valleys. Värska offers a great variety of activities for all ages. The local people love orienteering and skiing, as well as handicraft and Seto leelo, the traditional singing tradition. The Värska sanatorium, which makes a smart use of the local resources such as lake mud and mineral water, is a well-known place for all Estonians.
This is like the backbone or axis of Setomaa, to which are fastened villages, churches, cafes, museums, and the like. One end of the Külavüü is at Võõpsu, Setomaa's northern gateway, and it winds through Värska and Saatse to Obinitsa and Meremäe, making knots through neighboring places -- like Tsiistre in Võrumaa -- and then ending at the Luhamaa border crossing. This imaginary line could also move forward through the historic heart of Setomaa, which is currently part of the Russian Federation.