PORVOO, A MEDIEVAL PARADISE IN FINLAND THAT FEW VISIT
Porvoo is a spectacular coastal city founded almost 800 years ago, it is the second oldest city in Finland , and in it you can see and feel the history that encircle its streets. For many centuries Porvoo has been the home and source of inspiration for many Finnish artists. It is not the most visited places by travelers, although it is worth going there. Here we tell you why you should visit Porvoo.
Reasons to Visit Porvoo
Porvoo is located about 50 kilometers from Helsinki , and in summer it is possible to travel from the capital to this beautiful city by steamboat. Its medieval old town is possibly the most picturesque and beautiful of the country.
This is not a coastal town exactly, it is linked to the Gulf of Finland by the river Porvoo, this river flows through the city and passes by the best known landmarks, their red houses on the coast. Originally the houses of the coast were painted red in honor to the arrival of Gustavo III, king of Sweden. These houses are the most emblematic symbol of the city.
Historically Porvoo has been a major commercial center, and the coastal houses were formerly used to store produce and food, such as exotic delicacies from distant lands. Porvoo is now an ideal city for those who love excursions and small cruises, as well as for those who love history and nature, it is a real treasure in a beautiful country like Finland . In this beautiful and picturesque city you can find many tourist sites that will undoubtedly be of your interest and total pleasure, here we will give you a short list of the sites that you can know when visiting it.
10 Things You Must Do in Porvoo
Visit the Holm House
In the center of Porvoo you can find the Holm House, which hosts temporary exhibitions and boasts an impressive garden of flowers that will surely fascinate you.
Visit the Old Train Station
The Old Train Station is an interesting combination of the new and the old. The old building now houses a hardware store, upholsterers, an art gallery and a summer cafe, so you should not miss it.
In the warehouse next to the Old Train Station, there is a gift shop where you can find your souvenirs, local crafts, as well as food and organic scones, there is something for everyone.
Visit restaurants, bars and cafes
When it comes to delicacies, Porvoo is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in southern Finland. From the 19th century to the present, people travel from far away places such as Helsinki to visit their cafes, bars and restaurants, and taste the wonderful food and desserts that these places offer.
Visit their chocolate shops
You should definitely visit these beautiful and picturesque chocolate factories where you can try their delicious delicacies. The beautiful Pieni Suklaatehdes (Small Chocolate Factory), this is a small and beautiful place, where its size makes it absolutely charming, since whoever visits it witnesses how the delicacies that are sold there are made, since its kitchen it extends to the store.
Another famous chocolatier in this city of Porvoo and also to visit is Brunberg’s Chocolate Factory , a shop full of exquisite chocolates that is located in the old town.
You must visit the Cathedral of Porvoo
The Porvoo Cathedral is located in the heart of the old town, it is one of the oldest and most famous buildings. It was built at the beginning of the 11th century, the exceptional history of the Cathedral has seen it burn five times, the most recent was in 2006 because of a fire. After being devastated its restoration lasted two years, and finally reopened its doors to the public in the year 2.008. One of its attractions is its majestic tower.
Visit to the Town Hall Square
The Town Hall Square of the old town is in the center of the city. In your market you can find products of the season and in your cafeteria you will find something rich to eat, in addition you will see its inhabitants drinking a rich coffee and catching up as good neighbors.
Visit to the Old Town of Porvoo
Built in the 18th century, the residential area of Porvoo is an idyllic and picturesque neighborhood, situated on a hill next to Porvoonjoki. These houses were built according to medieval town planning regulations, and for architectural history they are extremely important and unique.
You can visit the Historical Center
For a few years, the old town of Porvoo is included in the list of places that choose to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known as Vanha Porvoo and consists of a series of narrow cobbled alleys surrounded by typical wooden houses and striking colors.
Visit the Runeberg Gallery
JL Runeberg is the great national poet of Finland par excellence. For many years he lived here, and for that reason his house was fitted out as his museum. This museum has been operating since 1888, twelve years after the poet died. In it you can see personal objects, memories, documents, books, etc. In Porvoo you have a special affection.
You can visit the Museum of Dolls and Toys
This is one of the best museums of its kind in northern Europe. Its collection includes more than a thousand dolls and toys that date from the 19th century to the present day. Group visits can be made with prior reservation, open from Monday to Sunday only in the morning.
How can you get to Porvoo?
To get to Porvoo you can take a boat from Helsinki if it is summer. You can also get there by car and by bus. In addition there are other options to reach it and know its most important sites, one of these options is offered by companies in Finland dedicated to guided tours . These tours offer comfort and tranquility when you get to know the city, in addition, listen to the history of the city in the voice of qualified guides and in your own language.
Finally I can tell you that when traveling to this beautiful Finnish city you can realize that Porvoo is a perfect example that the elegance of the old can be merged with the new , always preserving its unique atmosphere, you can also fully enjoy a beautiful site , picturesque, serene and unique, that will make your holiday a true paradise, so please do not miss this wonderful opportunity, you will be very lucky to know this perfect treasure in Finnish lands, and will surely become your favorite site in the future.