Turku is located on the Southwest coast of Finland and it was founded around the 13th century, which makes it the oldest Finnish city!
But why should you visit Turku?
Well, there are many reasons to visit Turku during summer:
Warm and light-filled summer – During the summer the sun shines past 10pm which makes the days longer and gives you time to practise a lot of different activities.
Breath-taking beauty – Finland is filled with unspoilt nature, magical trees and a lot of wildlife.
Tons of lakes and islands – Finland is also known as The Land of the Thousand Lakes. So much water offers a lot of opportunities to have a wonderful adventure.
Santa Claus – Nobody knows where Santa Claus hides during summer but if there is a place where you can find it out, that is in Finland, I dare you!
Meet people – If you want to get to know the Finnish, the summer is the best time to do so as after such a cold winter everyone seems to have the urge to go outside and enjoy every day doing a lot of different things.
Activities – It is one of the best places to enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking, sailing, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping...you name it!
Festivals – There are plenty of festivals in Turku during summer!
Food – Finnish food is not that well-known to the outsiders but everyone should come and have a taste! Its fresh vegetables, fresh fish and delicious bread are just the tip of the iceberg.
Tap water – Yes! In Finland you can drink from the tap water, it is clean and refreshing.
Green grass – A lot of green grass where you can just sit and enjoy the sunshine.
Peacefulness and quietness – Be it sitting or riding a boat, Turku offers a lot of places where you can just disconnect, enjoy sightseeing and relax with or without people around!
Pet friendly – Finland is one of the most pet-friendly countries
Enjoying Turku with your Pet
Finns love dogs and it reflects in its policies. Dogs are allowed to travel on the bus and on the train as long as they are well-behaved. You can go hiking or just walk around the city with your pet without any troubles. You will probably end up making friends just because of your beloved dog!
However let me warn you that for hygiene reasons dogs are not allowed inside most restaurants and café places unless you sit outside, and even then you will have to make sure by asking the owner of the place.