They have this nice church at Naantali which I suppose you can visit but which was obviously closed by the time we arrived there.... this is a view of that church from a little tower there is by the shore where you can climb to have a view of the coastal area from above.
In the other pictures you can see different views of the church and its tower.
In this small town exists the home of famous Moomins. It is situated on an island, and you may visit there even in the winter time, although the Moomins are resting in winter sleep that time. The Moomin season is in summer, from June to August.
Moomintroll was created long ago by the artist Tove Jansson. The Moomin stories soon became immensely popular, and Tove wrote another book about them...and then another...and then some cartoons and more books. In time, the adventures of the Moomins came to occupy not only Tove herself but also her younger brother Lars, who started drawing the cartoons while Tove concentrated on her writing. This is how a set of wonderful Moomin books as well as picture books and comics were created.
In Moominworld, you will of course become acquainted with the entire Finn Family Moomintroll and their friends. Moominmamma invites you to visit the blueberry-blue Moominhouse and explore Moomintroll´s attic and Moominmama´s jam cellar. Nearby are the yellow house of Hemulen and Moominpapa´s boat. It's a wilder ride on the nature path circling the valley. Along the path, you will even discover the secret of the Hattifatteners. You should reserve at least one whole day for the visit, allowing you the time to visit Snufkin's campsite, encounter the witch at her cabin, and see Theatre Emma's Moomin-plays.Theatre Emma shows seven plays a day, both in Finnish and Swedish.
one-day ticket 17 Euro
two-days ticket 26 Euro
10 June - 20 August
daily from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Moomin World is what most people who go to Naantali in summer have come to see. Yet despite all families on the small Moomin island, it is surprisingly calm. It all has to do with being on an archipelago island in the north and the feeling that Moomins create around them seems to have almost spread to this world too. Nothing is done in a traditional "theme park way" but has been kept fairly low key as far as development is concerned. Still, there is the huge, blue Moomin house and all the characters walking around, with Stinky being my favourite doing mischievious things all over the island :))) See more in the travelogue.
Naantali old town is well preserved area of old wooden buildings that have been carefully renovated and are currently hosting several restaurants, cafés, art galleries and specialty shops. The official Moomin shop can be found here, too.
The old town is still small enough to be covered by foot.
Note that most of the restaurants and shops have limited hours outside summer months. The place will be heavily crowded on First of May, please reserve tables in advance.
Naantali church is an old monastery church built on 1462. The bell tower is built much later on 1794-1797. The church is located on a hill between the Naantali city and the sea. Views to both directions are magnificent. There is a small view tower on the cliff near the sea and you can see both Moomin World and presidential mansion from there.
The church is open seldomly, so you might not be able to check its interiors. They have been renovated in 60's, so there are no murals or anything spectacular.
The graveyard behind the church is also a fascinating place to visit.
Another view you can enjoy on Naantali.
Nature in Finland is really gorgeous, and wandering is a very pleasant thing to do in this country... You always discover peaceful places, everywhere. And taking the time to appreciate them is so great...
Naantali also homes the summer residence of the President of Finland. You can get a glimpse of it if you click the picture (in the distance on the left). But we didn’t walk that far, it was on the other side of Naantali’s shore. The gardens of this little granite castle, along with its statues, are said to be beautiful.
You can check if the President is there when the flag of Finland flies on top of the tower.
Surrounded by the sea, glittering under the shining autumn sun, the view that stretches in front of you is stunning. Nature is once again so beautiful and captivating… nothing left to do but sit on a bench and contemplate…
Such an idyllic place !
Naantali is also very famous with the little ones, as it houses the Moomin World. Moomins are famous comics and fairy tales characters created by the Finnish writer Tove Jansson. The park is situated on a little island in front of the harbour, that you can reach by crossing a wooden bridge, but it was closed when we visited.
The Convent Church was build between 1443 and 1462, it is as old as the 550-year-old Naantali. Today, it is all that remains from the medieval St Bridget’s Convent. In the Middle Ages, the Brigittine Convent and its church became a significant place of pilgrimage, and thus a great benefit for the town. The ceremonial crown used when the nuns took their vows and the Gothic tabernacle remind you of the convent time.
The baroque belfry can be seen from almost everywhere in town as it stands on top of the hill near the harbour.
Open 12-3pm on sundays only during winter.
Neat little spot, that must be quite animated in the summer. During the winter, all you’ll find is a peaceful quiet place…which is also nice :-) Unfortunately almost all the restaurants and cafés are closed... or at least they were the day we visited, except for one, hotelli Ravintola (Tullikatu, 6), where we had a feast buffet of local specialties!!!
That is the old church on Naantali. You can see it almost from everywhere in the city as it is at the top of the hill just at the edge of the old city near by the sea. Down bellow the church is the nice sandy beach of Naantali.
Naantali was famous for its medieval St Bridget's convent, but today the church is the only thing left, as most other buildings have been torn down and the stone used in walls and other town buildings. The church was built in 1443-62 and is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. It's baroque belfry can be seen from many places in town and is easy to recognise.
The President of Finland has summer cottage here among others. The place is called Kultaranta, and there is a castle with large garden. You may visit the garden at summer time.