Favorite thing: http://www.maisa.fi/ - official tourist information, located in Promenadikeskus, Yrjönkatu 17, 28100 PORI
http://www.porinlinjat.fi/ - bus information, they also have a service desk in Promenadikeskus
Walk around in the centre...
Favorite thing: Walk around the centre admiring old buildings and the old wooden houses.
I took this photo when Pori Jazz festival was on and there are a lot of stalls on the riverbak. The tower you see in the pic, belongs to the Old Courthouse designed by architect C.L. Engel, and was completed in 1841. The building nowadays houses Pori Regional Development Centre, Pori City Tourist Office as well as a charming restaurant called the Old Courthouse Cellar Restaurant.
Address: Hallituskatu 9A, located in the centre of Pori.
39th Pori Jazz Festival...
Favorite thing: The 39th Pori Jazz Festival will be on 17th - 25th July 2004.
That's when Pori wakes up and tourists rush in :) And suddenly after Jazz Festival closes, all Pori residents seem to take off to their summer cottages and the whole place feels so empty once again, haha!
The festival program emphasizes jazz, but this summer offers also rhythm & blues, soul, hip-hop and jazz fusion. The big open-air concerts (22-25 July) are held in the beautiful Kirjurinluoto concert park on the Kokemäki riverside. The celebrations centre on the scenic banks of the Kokemäki river, with its parklands, Jazzstreet and evening venues which vary between intimate clubs and large factory-type concert halls. Welcome :)
Pori Jazz office, Pohjoisranta 11 D, 28100 Pori, Finland
Tel. +358-2-6262 200, fax +358-2-6262 225, ticket sales +358-2-6262 215 http://www.porijazz.fi
- Arts and Culture
MEDIEVAL CHURCH IN ULVILA....
Favorite thing: With its' 12379 inhabitants Ulvila is a decent sized town only 9 km southeast from Pori. Ulvila's roots go further in history as Pori's, since it was founded in 14th century (Pori on 16th cent.).
Ulvila's most valuable historical sight is the medieval church built in 1332 and still in use. It's really beautiful so in case you're nearby, do drop by :)
Nice place to walk around in the summer.
Favorite thing: Pori has few nice churches and also few art museum that worth a visit. In the summer it has also the great quality of relaxing place where you can dine & drink outside in one of many bars & restaurants.
Of course, the premium time of Pori is during the jazz festival stated annually in the end of July.
Fondest memory: Pori Jazz of 2000.
- Museum Visits
REPOSAARI CHURCH --...
Favorite thing: REPOSAARI CHURCH -- NORWEGIAN-STYLE FJELD CHURCH
Its construction was financed by the contributions of a moneyraising campaign initiated by a group of Norwegian seamen. The church was completed in 1876. In summertime the church is open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.
THE MARITIME FISHERMEN'S...
Favorite thing: THE MARITIME FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE OF PORI
Reposaari is located at the outlet of the River Kokemäenjoki 32 km from centre, by the same road as Yyteri Sands. It lies by the ancient sea route leading from the Baltic Sea to the trading centres of the west coast area of Ostrobothnia. The island is about three kilometres long and a half kilometre wide.
At first the island was used by fishermen and summer pasture for livestock. As early as the 17th century the people of Pori began to use the natural harbour of the island as a port loading for the biggest ships. Reposaari was a major port long afterwards, until the construction of a port and a railway in the neighbouring village of Mäntyluoto (now a part of Pori as well) gave the fatal blow to Reposaari as a port of exportation.
To holidaymakers Reposaari has to offer magnificient maritime scenery and places of interest. The island´s wooden houses of individual character and the beatiful park close to harbour add a picturesque touch to the island´s enchanting athmosphere. Traditions are respected in Reposaari - an example of this is the one-hour siesta at noon: all shops close and people disappear from the streets :)
Pictured sea as seen from Reposaari.
Walk around the Kokemäenjoki...
Favorite thing: Walk around the Kokemäenjoki River bank. Kokemäenjoki river runs through Pori's centre and offers scenic views especially in summertime. Located in the river is Kirjurinluoto island, a lovely park connected to centre with a not-too-long bridge (not for motor vehicles). There is a lot of ponds with swans and other birds, also peacocks. There's a summer theatre, a small beach right in the centre (!), not to forget arena for Jazz Festival and other concerts.
In the picture behind me on the left Pori's centre and in the right begins Kirjurinluoto island.
VISIT old LEINEPERI ironworks...
Favorite thing: VISIT old LEINEPERI ironworks at Kullaa (1700 inh.), 20 km from Pori. Leineperi ironworks was built in 1771 on Kullaa riverbank. It has been well restored and the area now houses several little businesses.
Pictured blast furnace and dam. (Masuuni ja pato)
Favorite thing: FISHERMAN´S HARBOUR --REPOSAARI
The most modern of its kind in Finland. It is the home port of some twenty trawlers (expect in winter when their number may increase manyfold).
In Reposaari there are also windmills (see picture from marina). Pori's wind power plant consists of 8 windmills and in July 2002 there will be several more when it'll be the biggest wind power plant in Finland.
When visitors come to Pori,...
Favorite thing: When visitors come to Pori, they must absolutely visit our beutiful park, Kirjurinluoto. Kirjurinluoto is situated by the river Kokemäenjoki. There are all sorts of birds by the summertime in Kirjurinluoto, for example swans, ducks, gees and also little baby coats. You should come to Pori in the middle of july because the Pori Jazz festival takes place at that time. You should also visit our famous beach, Yyteri, that is known as the best beach in Skandinavia.
Fondest memory: For me as I have lived in Pori my whole life, it has become a little too small. But still I consider it as one the most nicest place in the world and I could never leave it completely.
There is a park for kids,...
Favorite thing: There is a park for kids, called Pelle Hermannin leikkipuisto. Pelle Hermanni is a Finnish fairytale character (a clown). The park is not an amusement park, it is more for playing; swings and climbing frames.
Visit the 'One For the Road '...
Favorite thing: Visit the 'One For the Road ' football team. Pori is a small place and you will have no problem in finding this irish bar. Whats amazing is that the bar is owned by an Irish guy called Sean from Limerick , nice guy too. Great to go to an Irish bar which looks as ***e as the ones back home, no wooden floors here mate. Anyway Sean decided to get a football team together to play against other bars in pori. I remember being in there on a Friday night with the team. Quite an interesting group of chaps , anyway in a typical Finnish way things started quite soberly and then after a couple of hours the winger and the striker are about to strangle each other, something to do with formation. Looking at these guys formation would'nt have made much of a difference , about as relevant as tactics in a female mud-wrestling match. I'd reckon of the 11 people on the team 10 were chronic alchoholics , can't comment on the other chap cause he was'nt there.
Favorite thing: Pori official web site including tourist information available also in Swedish & English.
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