A charming and lively archipelago community
Nagu is a charming and lively archipelago community, there lives about 1500 inhabitants all year round but during the summer this number increases a lot because of all the summer guests that come to Nagu. Nagu consists of two main islands, Storlandet and Lillandet, and of the unique archipelago with its 3000 islands, islets and skerries.
Farming and tourism is among the most important industries in Nagu. The products and services that are produced here are of high quality. Some of these products and services you can find in the guest harbour that lies north of Kyrkbacken. The guest harbour has a lot to offer, everything from designer clothing to smoked fish. Walking along the beach in the harbour towards Framnäs on a warm summer day can be compared to being on the Riviera because of all the boats, restaurants, cafés and shops.
If you are interested in culture Nagu has something for you too. The medieval greystone church with its unique Schwan organ from 1791 and Själö wooden church, from the time that Själö was a remote place of confinement for leapers and a mental asylum, is worth a visit. It is impossible to get enough of the nature in Nagu, with its leafy landscapes in the inner archipelago and the bare cliffs out in the outer archipelago. In Nagu you can live, work and feel good. Nagu is a lifestyle.
See and do in Nagu
Nagu guest harbour is one of the most visited harbours in Pargas' archipelago during summer. Here you find guest harbour service, plenty of restaurants, small shops and the tourist information. This is the centre of the Small Archipelago Trail and the connecting boat that goes between Nagu and Rimito starts from here. During summer you can for for instance travel to Seili and Turku from here.
Nagu greystone church is located at Kyckbacken in Nagu, close to the guest harbour. The church is built in the 1500s, even though the construction year is unknown. The church is sacred for S:t Olav and outside of the church is a milestone for the hikers on the S:t Olav waterway.
Next to the guest harbour is Framnäs headland. There is a beach and volleyball nets. Next to the beach you'll find cliffs to sit on and a dock. It's a perfect place to enjoy a beautiful summer day.
The 2,5 km long nature path starts at the South harbour in Nagu and continues on the south side of the Archipelago route on Ernholm. The path leads up to Jitukastberget which is located 42 meters over the sea and has a nice view. This path was dedicated to the artist and landscape painter Victor Westerholm, whom spent his youth here.
On the opposite side of the guest harbour you can find the South harbour. Many people have their small boats here and you can also find restaurants, cafés and grocery stores. The South harbour has a big market square that attracts many salesmen and visitors during the Harvest Festival in September.
Seili is an island north of Nagu, which is known for its dark history. Here the amazing nature meets an interesting history; Seili operated as a place where people with leprosy and mental illnesses ended up in. You can get here by boat from Nagu harbour (or Turku if you choose M/S Norrskär) and you can also stay here overnight.
Time tables for the boats: M/S Östern and M/S Norrskär
Gullkrona island in the outer archipelago is located south of Nagu. On Gullkrona you can take part in a guided tour and get to know the island in a couple of hours, before the boat departures. If you want to take a longer boat trip over the day you can travel by boat from Turku and go Turku-Själö-Gullkrona. If you want to go from Nagu you will first have to take M/S Östern to Själö, since M/S Norrskär does not stay in Nagu the days they go to Gullkrona.
Timetables for the boats: M/S Östern and M/S Norrskär (NB! Only Wednesdays and Saturdays)