Today we grabbed the dogs for a quick visit at Tammisaari, less than an hour away from where we live. Mom had some errands to run, and I was smart enough to pick up my camera, knowing this picturesque Scandinavian scenery waited ahead.
From what I know, Tammisaari might be the most “Scandinavian” of Finnish towns. It’s colorful, it’s cheery and it’s filled with cute cafés and restaurants. The centre is tiny, but one can spend hours wandering between the colorful, adorable homes, occasionally stopping for a coffee, tea or hot chocolate, especially in Autumn, like we did. Unfortunately, having two dogs in the car didn’t allow us to stop for a quick bite, but definitely next time 😉
The centre ends to a beautiful port, where I can imagine a lot of people go for walks and picnics during the summer. One can also enjoy the shopping opportunities, and especially, if you have a car, a few kilometres from the centre there is a shopping area with fleamarkets and a few cheap stores for exceptional bargain-hunting 😉
Tammisaari is roughly translated as Oak Island, and is mainly a Finland-Swedish town. So for me communicating would be a little tricky, since my Swedish is very rusty, but I’m sure they speak Finnish in there, too 😉
If you’re travelling around the South of Finland, the Nyland- area. I definitely recommend making a pitstop here, or even spending the night. There are a few hotels, e.g. The City Hotel (Kaupunginhotelli), that charges 70€ for a night. Even with breakfast included, it can be quite daunting, but luckily there are plenty more affordable choices available nearby as well (: And there’s always AirBnB 😉
Oh, and the military brigade is literally right next to the centre, so if you care to see how the Finnish Army operates (within respectful distance), or just spotting some cute army boys, there’s your chance 😉
What are your favorite towns in your country?