Porvoo (c) by CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK
Sometimes living in or visiting a large city can be overwhelming. Helsinki residents and tourists can visit nearby Porvoo to escape from the hectic pace of modern life. Porvoo seamlessly blends the past with the present and attracts visitors from around the world.
Porvoo was first settled in the 13th century, making it Finland’s second-oldest city. One of the town’s most unique features is the fact that the town is bilingual, with many residents speaking both Swedish and Finnish.
Porvoo is well-known for its historical section, Old Porvoo. Old Porvoo was almost destroyed when the city was revamped in the 1800s but was saved by popular demand. Some of the buildings in Old Porvoo, such as the Porvoo Cathedral, can be dated back as far as the 1300s. The ancient cobbled streets of Old Porvoo also lead visitors to quaint homes and a museum.
There are many unique boutiques and intimate shops in Porvoo, along with modern shopping centers. When visitors get hungry, they can dine in any of the numerous restaurants, cafes and bakeries in town. After spending a day shopping and sightseeing, travelers can relax in a nightclubs and pubs, head back to Helsinki or rent a room in a local hotel.
How to get there
There are many ways to travel to Porvoo from Helsinki. Travelers can drive themselves or take a bus at any time of year. Porvoo is also accessible by boat, train, bicycle and motorcycle during the summer. Many tour companies organize boat trips from the Market Square to Porvoo, and that is a lovely way to spend a nice summer day. The journey from Helsinki to Porvoo will take approximately an hour by road or a little over three hours by water.
Porvoo on the map
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