Finland's former capital
When you fly to Turku with SAS, you're visiting a city that combines a fascinating past with modern creativity.
Turku began life as a settlement on the River Aura by the Archipelago Sea. It was along the banks of the river that Turku grew into a powerful city that was the capital of Finland until 1812.
The signs of this former status are everywhere. Turku is a major seaport, home to the oldest university in Finland, founded in 1640, and boasts an impressive cathedral rebuilt after the Great Fire of Turku in 1827.
However, the most important piece of historical architecture is the magnificent Turku Castle. It dates from around 1280 and is the oldest medieval building in Finland. Don't forget to include it on your itinerary and give yourself time to browse the museum.
Although Turku has a full range of modern shops, the past is never far away even in the retail sector. The city has excellent art and antique shops and in July, it hosts a medieval market at Vanha Suurtori in the city centre.
If you're in Turku during this time of year, don't let the chance to see the market pass you by. As well as medieval style handicrafts, there are exhibitions to browse and open-air performances to watch.
Things to do
For examples of contemporary handicrafts, visit the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. If you also want to see some fine examples of modern art, take trips to the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in central Turku and the Turku Art Museum.
Because the River Aura and the sea are so important to Turku's development, why not join an excursion by boat? There are river cruises, a cruise around the local shipyards and a visit to the island of Uto, the residence of lighthouse keepers and sea pilots.
You can even continue this water-based theme in the summer evenings by relaxing in one of the numerous boat bars moored in the centre of Turku.
Book with SAS now and explore this entrancing city yourself.
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