IF YOU’RE ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH TURKU, THEN GET YOURSELF TO KAARINA!NEVER HIDING IN THE SHADOWS OF ITS BIG BROTHER, THIS VIBRANTCULTURAL CITY IS AN ACTIVE HUB OF AMATEUR THEATRE, CHOIRS, CHARMINGNATURE AND PLACES SO PICTURESQUE THEY DESERVE A MEDAL.
One of the most well-known places in Kaarina is the historic Kuusisto Castle Ruins, a spot that rates very high on the instagrammability charts.
Kuusisto Castle was once erected on the shore of Piikkiönlahti Bay as a refuge for bishops of the Catholic Church in the 13th and 14th centuries. Nowadays, only the remnants of the ground floor remain but by no means should this dissuade you from visiting, as the robust ruins are perfect for summer excursions and provide a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
There’s also plenty surrounding the ruins, including a campfire site, swimming pier and summer kiosk. Also, if you’re keen on a little hiking, the nature trails are just three kilometres from the castle ridge, leading up to the lookout on Kappelinmäki hill, offering magnificent views of the sea.
The city’s newest attraction is Kaarin-talo, prominently situated in the city centre. Kaarina-talo was completed in 2017 and fulfils a multitude of different functions, with an information centre as well as shopping and entertainment for Kaarina residents. The building hosts numerous concerts, lectures and events throughout the year. In addition, the premises contain the Kaarina main library, the Fiskari service desk and a delightful lunch café. So pop in to Kaarina, there's just so much to do.
Text Stina Frimodig. Video Kim Allen-Mersh.
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