Finland’s West Coast is scattered with cities, villages and islands that come to life in the summer. Coastal lifestyle, wooden old towns and countless events charm both locals and visitors. Tour the west coast for festivals, sun, sandy beaches, lighthouse islands and a whole lot more.
Turku: Ruisrock 6th – 8th July
Held since 1970, Ruisrock is a modern classic taking place in the beautiful Ruissalo area of Turku. Beach, park, and good times with around 60 Finnish and international artists taking the stage.
More in Turku: Walk the banks of the river Aura and try its numerous floating restaurants and bars.
Rauma: Lace Week 21st – 27th July
THE happening in Rauma. Originally a celebration of handicrafts and lace-making, Lace Week today is a week-long festival with a range of family friendly cultural events for all tastes. However, don’t bring your kids to the Night of Black Lace, which results in a bar crawl by the end of the night.
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More in Rauma: Old Rauma is the largest unified wooden town in the Nordic countries and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Some buildings date back to the 17th century. Definitely worth a visit.
Naantali: Moominworld 9th June – 26th August
Meet the beloved Moomin characters on their very own island Moominworld. Built almost 20 years ago, it has become a staple among summer destinations in Finland.
More in Naantali: Naantali is a summer town if there ever was one. A wooden Old Town, beautiful gardens, cafés and boutiques make it truly idyllic. Not convinced? Check with the Finnish president, whose official summer house Kultaranta (Gold Shore) is in Naantali. Visit the garden that is open for visitors.
Pori: Pori Jazz, Pori, 14th – 22nd July
Finland’s premier jazz festival sees its 47th edition this year. Performers include D’Angelo and Jools Holland among others. Pori Jazz Kids is in full swing 14th – 18th July.
More in Pori: Yyteri is located just outside Pori, and is famous for its long sandy beach, nearby Reposaari wooden house district, Kallo lighthouse island, and more.
Tips along the way:
- Kylmäpihlaja Lighthouse outside Rauma is now a hotel and restaurant
- Tour the archipelago on a bicycle in Kemiö, an hour’s drive from Turku
- Cruise the archipelago from Turku to Naantali
- Tour the West Coast by car. Distances are short and the scenery is lovely. See the following for car rental options:
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