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2 weeks ago I went to Naantali, which is only 14km away from Turku to visit it’s old wooden houses in Mannerheimintie and along the guest harbour with it’s nice restaurants and a great view towards the church and kultaranta – the summer residence of the President of Finland. There is also the observation tower which is one of the remaining old buildings from the old spa in Naantali. I would say Naantali is definitely one of the best places to visit at the baltic sea if you are interested in cities and culture.

Naantali - one of the best places to visit at the Baltic Sea nearby Turku

The Naantali Church from 1462.

Naantali Visit Tourism Travel sightseeing church

As in most other churches around the baltic sea in Sweden and Finland I was also able to spot a small model ship hanging from the ceiling of the church. There has been also some paintings on the wall from the medival ages which have been covered by another layer of paint. Only a small part of it was made visible by removing the paint. At least that’s my theory.

Naantali Visit Tourism Travel sightseeing church

In Mannerheimintie which leads to the harbour with it’s restaurant there were plenty of ‘symbols’ attached to each house. Most of the houses also had a name.

Naantali Visit Tourism Travel sightseeing hotel architecture

naantali house signs

I really liked this window with it’s model sailing ships in it.

Naantali window sailing ship boat

More name tags on top of the entrances of the houses.

Lotila Naantali house names

naantali house name pusa

This nice signpost nearby the harbor shows you the way to all attractions in Naantali.

Naantali tourism travel city center signpost

At the Naantalie museum in Maanerheiminkatu you can see how people lived in old times in Naantali.

Naantali City museum

Naantali is definitely worth a visit because of it’s location next to the sea, the old buildings and it’s history and of course the restaurants which are located at the harbour with their magnificent view towards the sea and kultaranta – the summer residence of the President of Finland which I am going to visit in August once I am back from our hiking adventure in Northern Sweden. There is also something for kids called Muumin World in case you want to travel to Naanatali with your whole family.