See and experience Salo x 6

It’s no wonder that everyone wants to be in Salo. In the Teijo National Park your soul can rest, whilst the Coastal Route is a dream come true for cyclists. Local tourism at its best!

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1Bar Bizarre

The sunshade on the bar’s terrace reminds you of tropical beaches, giving a strong indication of Bizarre’s funky style. The view that opens out inside in the bar, you could more easily imagine in the Caribbean rather than Salo. Bizarre is nicely international but with a touch of Salo comfort. The décor is a fun combination of colourful art, ethnic style and recycling.

The restaurant’s mood moves easily from one continent to another, with tastes of Italy on the menu and African photos adorning the walls. The clientele are as bubbly as the venue, a place where you can hang out, relax and have some fun.

2Boutique Bizarre

Bizarre is an engagingly distinctive and colourfully bubbly little retail store in Salo. From the boutique you’ll find unique treasures, from beautiful Finnish soaps to African dresses. The basaar-style atmosphere is its trump card, with a selection so broad you’ll have great fun browsing.

Bizarre works in cooperation with the Salo Taidelainaamo, whose works of art you can rent to take home. Nice idea! However, if you make a transformational art discover, don’t worry, you can still buy one of your very own. After a memorable shopping excursion you can pop in downstairs to Bar Bizarre and continue to enjoy the ethnic spirit with a drink.

3Mathildedal

In the embrace of Teijo National Park there’s a unique a surprise – a quaint, picturesque village, famed for its alpacas and locally brewed beer. In Mathildedal, discover red ochre houses, ironworks buildings, rich history and unique taste sensations, from handmade chocolate to sourdough bread. 

Visit the old ironworks village and time travel to the skills and crafts of a bygone world. An artisan phenomenon is developing in Mathildedal, with this new era for the village community driven by those escaping from the urban life of Helsinki – and with fantastic results! 

4Salo Night Markets

Every Thursday from June to the end of August, Salo’s Night Markets fill the marketplace with hundreds of flee-markets and traders, thousands of people and plenty of cheerful chatter. Suddenly Salo is the place to be! Local residents are joined by neighbours and those from the summer cottages. Shops and stalls swarm with people, filling cafés and flee-markets.

Safe to say, that with the range of market stales on offer, whatever you can’t get from Salo’s Night Markets, you really don’t need. The evenings culminate with a free performance by a well-known music artist. The Night Markets are organised by the Suvisalo Assoc.

5Teijo National Park

When faced with the beauty of Teijo National Park, the frantic city life drifts away. On Matildajärvi lake, glide along in a rowing boat as the children play on a nearby beach. With such peaceful and enchanting places in Finland, why travel anywhere else?

Year-round hiking in Teijo has been made smooth and easy, with a well-designed environment. Paths are comfortable and well signed, with several places for camping and building fires. It’s easiest to arrive by car, with the distance from Salo 20 kilometres and 80 kilometres from Turku.

6Salo’s Coastal Route

Be a patron of Finnish nature by enjoying it firsthand from the back of the bike. Start from the centre of Salo, and take the multifaceted Coastal Route to the Teijo National Park and the three ironworks villages, passing through forest, archipelago and seaside landscapes.

For more enthusiastic cyclists, there is the 170-kilometre trip, as well as a shorter day trip with still plenty to see. When your thighs cry out for a break, stop in one of the delightful ironworks villages or seaside towns, refill our energy tanks at the locally food outlets, or take a refreshing dip in the natural waters. 

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