Sights in Rymättylä village in Otava island in Naantali are worth seeing and exploring. The interesting history of the place tells stories about traditional archipelago lifestyle.
Rymättylä allows you to enjoy the beauty of the archipelago by car, bicycle, motorbike and boat. You can also admire the scenery from the lookout tower on Karhuvuori in Aasla. Shops and other services are found in the centre of the village. The central market square hosts a market on summer Saturdays. Take a dip in the sea at Kirkkolahti beach, which also has a playground with climbing frames.
Rymättylä loves its traditional foods so much that it opened a Herring Tradition Centre in 2010. The museum pays homage to old herring preparation techniques, describing the entire process from the making the catch to salting.
Sillitie 2, 21150 Röölä
tel. +358 400 638 349
Open during summer time Tuesday-Sunday klo 12-18.00, Mondays and Midsummer closed (check for updates on Röölä webpage)
Entrance to “Myllymuseo” (Old mill) museum is free.
Ask for guided tours for groups from Visit Naantali.
Rymättylä Church is dedicated to the memory of St. Jacob the Elder, Apostle. The oldest part of the church is the vestry, which dates from the early 14th century – when the church itself was made of wood. The stone church was built in the late 1300s or the early 1400s.
There are three sculptures depicting St. Jacob’s pilgrimage in the church. The oldest sculpture, preserved with original colours, is a fine wood carving from the 1350s known as “Smiling Jacob from Rymättylä”. The paintings date from the 1520s and are the last ones to have been made in the Medieval period in Finland.
The granite Church of St. Jacob is right in the centre of the village, close to the sculpture of the seine-fisher.
In summer the church operates as a road church and is open from June to July after church service until 1pm.
(Address: Kirjalan kirkkotie 2)