The guided tour in Naantali old town
The old town of Naantali is famous in Finland. It is known for its picturesque milieu, old wooden houses, winding streets and enchanting stories. History, romantic setting and local specialities create a unique destination worth the visit!
Naantali’s special characteristic is its setting by the sea. The story of Naantali began already in 1443 when a convent was decided to be built at the site. Nowadays only the convent church remains from those times and it is one of the most well-known landmarks in Naantali. The old town spreads next to the church and is cradled by the sea. A visit to the Naantali old town is like stepping back in time.
Stories from the past
When the convent was founded it created a small village called Vallis Gratiae “Valley of Mercy”. The name in the ancient Swedish was Nadhendaal (nowadays Nådendal) and in Finnish it was formed as Naantali. This was the beginning of the story of the colourful small town. During the guided walk in the old town one will hear about the famous “Sun of Naantali”, the times of the health spring and clay spa, the peculiar inhabitants of the past, special ginger bread cookies and historical person “Tokka-Lotta”.
Come along and explore the almost 600 years of history. The guided walking tour in the Naantali old town starts on 23rd June to 11th August on Tuesdays at 4 pm. The guiding is in Finnish and is summarized in Swedish and English along the way. The guided tour in the old town takes one hour.
This tour is a great choice for those who are interested in the history of Finland and Naantali. During the tour one will hear interesting facts from the convent time all the way today’s Naantali. One can easily combine a guided tour in Kultaranta Garden with the tour in the old town. The guided tour in the Kultaranta garden is held at 2.15 – 3.00 pm.