Where urban meets archipelago, the perfect blend of city life and island adventures.
The first urban area after you've left the mainland
The centre of Pargas is the first urban area you will meet on your journey along the Archipelago Trail. You will travel over four sea bridges to get here. The shops are located in Nya Malmen, just a stone's throw away from the charming channel that flows through the city. During summer, the pedestrian street teems with locals and travellers. On the pedestrian street, you can experience an atmosphere similar to that of a small southern European town, and eat well in one of the many restaurants. Gamla Malmen, on the other side of the channel, is a historic wooden house area. It's highly recommended to take a walking tour here (with an ice cream in one hand and a camera in the other, of course). We also recommend that you get to know Finland's largest limestone mine, a gigantic open-pit mine in the middle of the town, that you can get to admire from the vantage point.
Walking along the river Sundet in Pargas is a serene and beautiful experience. The river flows gently through the town, surrounded by greenery and a peaceful atmosphere.
There are many local shops and boutiques that offer a unique and personalized shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for clothing, accessories or home decor, Pargas has something for you. The town also has a supermarket and a few convenience stores for everyday needs.
Picnics and nature
Pargas is a great place for a picnic, with several beautiful parks to choose from. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Finnish archipelago. Don't forget to take a stroll along the river Sundet or visit one of the many beaches near the city centre.
Sea views and hikes
Pargas offers a unique opportunity for tourists to experience the Finnish archipelago's stunning natural beauty through its nature trails. With well-marked trails and breathtaking views, Pargas is the perfect destination for nature lovers looking to escape into the great outdoors.
The first urban area on the Archipelago Trail, accessible via four sea bridges. The shops are located on Malmen, close to the charming channel flowing through the city. Gamla Malmen is a historic wooden house area that is worth visiting for a walking tour. Don't forget to see Finland's largest limestone mine, which can be viewed from a vantage point.
Nagu serves as a link between the outer archipelago and mainland, offering an archipelago idyll while still being easily accessible from the mainland. The area offers a variety of activities such as restaurant, port, events, beaches, forest, nature trails and sea.
Korpo offers many activities and sights such as restaurants, shopping, nature trails, and places to visit like the gray stone church and archipelago museum. Korpo is known for its rich art and cultural life, including Korpo Sea Jazz and artist residencies.
Houtskär is known for its tranquility, beautiful nature, unique Swedish-speaking culture and dialect, small community and ferry connections between islands. The area offers a unique boutique hotels and delicious burgers at the guest harbor during summer.
Iniö is an isolated part of the Finnish mainland’s archipelago, on the border of Åland. It can be reached in the summer by ferry from Houtskär in the south and year-round by ferry from Kustavi in the north. Iniö is known for its idyllic architecture, small old village communities, scenic dirt roads and boathouses. The area offers a wide range of services and the beach is never far away.