Having lived together in Turku for several years, it dawned upon Jacky and me that we had in fact never been to the town of Rauma together. Rauma, located about 90 km North of Turku, is best known for its Old Town, Vanha Rauma, its distinct local dialect and its high quality lace.
We arrived on a weekday morning and immediately proceeded to the Old Town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frankly, Rauma being a town of only 40,000 people, we hadn’t expected much, but the charm of the brightly coloured wooden houses and cobble-stoned streets won us over.
If you come in by bus, we recommend that you follow the signs toward the free parking lot called “Vanha Rauma”. On the way you will pass the Church of the Holy Cross, built in the late 15th century and the principal church of the town today.
From here you can enter Vanha Rauma over a quaint little wooden bridge, which makes a rather good location for one or more snapshots 😉
Be enchanted, stepping into Vanha Rauma is like travelling back in time. You will find yourself lost in the narrow winding alleys, peeking around the next corner and hunting for the perfect shot of the colourful facades and beautifully decorated gates.
If you’re feeling jaded, make sure to visit one of the numerous cafés found concentrated mostly on Kuninkaankatu. We happened to stumble upon Kontion Kahvila, which is thoughtfully decorated with teddy bears and has very reasonably priced coffee and cake. You can then continue on to explore the many craft boutiques and design shops found throughout the whole area. Make sure to take a look at the locally produced lace, or even better, come and visit during Lace Week, in the end of July. We are almost a little heart-broken we couldn’t make it this year.
Our final verdict: Rauma is best enjoyed in 1-2 hours!
Now, what do you think? Is there anything we have missed? Do you have tips on what else to see or do in Rauma? What was your favourite sight? Share your thoughts and pictures with us. Let’s stay in touch!