Naantali - Finland's most adorable small town
FOR SOME IT’S SELF-EVIDENT, WHILST OTHERS MIGHT NOT EVEN KNOW IT YET. BUT EVERYTHING IN THIS SUPER SWEET CITY DRAWS SIGHS OF DELIGHT - AND RIGHTLY SO.
Naantali is probably one of the best known destinations in Finland for both Finns and foreigners. Guaranteed, one of the reasons is Moominworld but even more significant is the atmosphere of Naantali itself, a distinctive place not found anywhere else in the world.
What is Naantali really all about? The Old Town with its small boutiques, restaurants flanking the marina inlet, the charming imperfections of the beautiful wooden homes, the narrow cobblestone streets and the snug little bars, all embraced by the famous Naantali sunshine.
For some, Naantali is a must-visit summer destination. In addition to evening strolls, the restaurants, concerts and theatres of Naantali are just as enticing. In addition to the town’s expanding choice of restaurants, accommodation in Naantali includes a selection of quaint options in the heart of the old town, as well as the regular variety of vacation rentals.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Finland is also close at hand. The Kultaranta Gardens is a famous part of the President’s summer residence. During opening hours, pop in independently or have someone lead you round on a guided tour, where, for example, details from the lives of former presidents and eventful visits from heads of state are revealed.
If we give one tip when visiting Naantali, it must be this. As you leave the marina and look left, you’ll soon reach one end of Rakkaudenpolku – the ‘Path of Love’. The sandy path climbs steeply up the slope and winds along the Kuparivuori cliffs. Also popular amongst the locals, the cliffs overlook Kultaranta, Moominworld and Naantali’s old town, so get the camera ready.
Text Juuso Suominen. Video Kim Allen-Mersh.
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