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4 Days in Naantali

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A June 2007 trip to Finland by Joy S

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Quote: We spent four days in the beautiful Finnish holiday resort of Naantali - relaxing and exploring this pretty town and surroundings.

4 Days in Naantali

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Overview

Finnish flags flying in Naantali Photo, Finland, Europe
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Finland is one of the world's most northernmost countries and is the last frontier of Western Europe. Technically not part of Scandinavia, it is in spirit, reflected in its architecture and high standard of living. It is geographically remote but easily accessible. It does not attract the same number of visitors that go to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway; a shame as Finland has much to offer in summer and winter. It has been described as the most underrated tourist destination in Europe. Having had winter and summer holidays there, I totally agree with this.Finland has 188,000 lakes and 180,000 islands. The weather is relatively mild in spring and autumn and the summers are brief and warm....Read More

Apartment Masen

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Hotel

Dining/kitchen area of the apartment Photo, Finland, Europe
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We stayed in the Apartment Masen, right in the picturesque main street of the old town of Naantali. It is above a small art gallery and only a couple of minutes from the marina and all the bars and restaurants.We booked through their website - www.storlakari.dinstudio.se - 4 nights rental cost 640 euros. You have to transfer the money into the owners' bank account - a very nice couple who live in Sweden.The apartment was wonderful - large, airy and bright. It had two spacious bedrooms - one with double bed and lots of wardrobe space, the other with bunk beds. The living/dining area was open-plan and the kitchen had all convenien...Read More

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Moominworld

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Attraction

A Moomin Photo, Finland, Europe
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Naantali is where Moominworld is located; a theme park really for young children but we all enjoyed our day out here. We visited on a Saturday; if you can, try and go on a weekday. It is fairly quiet during the week but at weekends is packed with families. We had to queue for 45 minutes just to buy the entrance tickets.The Moomins, based on the Moomin books by Tove Jansson live on their own island and look like big white hippos without noses. They are really popular in Finland and Japan. Our son had never heard of a Moomin before, but loved it here nonetheless.Moominworld is on an island just a few minutes' walk from Naantali marina. It is a beautiful location with pine fores...Read More

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Naantali - Things to do

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Attraction

Naantali Harbour Photo, Finland, Europe
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Finland does not begin and end in Helsinki. Take a short trip to Naantali for inspiration. It is a really pretty little town on the west coast and is known as the holiday capital of Finland. It is 15km from Turku, 180km from Helsinki, and we thought it was the perfect place to chill out.Naantali is right by the sea and has a reputation as a spa town. It also has the summer residence of the Finnish President; "Kultaranta", literally "Gold Coast" is the President's summer home. Guided tours of the gardens are available but you have to book in advance.Naantali is small, you can explore everywhere easily on foot. There is also a little tourist train that takes you around the town....Read More

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Turku - Things to Do

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Attraction

Turku Cathedral Photo, Finland, Europe
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Turku is only about 15-20 minutes drive from Naantali. The roads are well signposted and driving is hassle-free. In Turku, although we had no map, we found the river fairly easily and used this to orient ourselves. We parked free of charge on a street close to the cathedral. All the main sites here are found near the river.Turku was the old capital of Finland. It is 600 years old and was the capital of the country until 1812. A fire in 1827 destroyed nearly all of the original wooden buildings in the town, but the remaining few in an area called Luostarinmaki have been transformed into a museum.Turku Cathedral, found at one end of the River Aurajoki is a national shrine. It is dedicate...Read More

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About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom