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Experience The Beautiful Finnish Archipelago by Bike from Naantali to Velkua

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This route takes you to the beautiful Archipelago of Naantali and Velkua. 

The way is quite variable with up and down hills, level is relatively easy to moderate, with two ferries and sea views. 

The distance is about 35 km and it takes 2-3 hours. There are two ferries in the end of journey. At least on that point you will feel the archipelago’s atmosphere if didn’t already catch it along the way. There are many highlights on the way before arriving to Vaihela.

  • Naantali old town and convent church
  • Ukkopekka bridges
  • Kultaranta Resort
  • The grill of Särkkä island (Särkänsalmi bridge)
  • Merimasku village centre and church
  • Teersalo beach front at Velkua
  • Palva island and church

Archipelago Hotel Vaihela has comfortbale and cozy double rooms with terraces. There is a chance to rent a sauna and go for a swim. Hiking paths start right from hotel’s yard and take you to the beautiful spots with spectacular views. Wines introduction is also possible. Restaurant serves you all day.

Price: 195 €/person (in shared twin room)

Including:Bike rental for 2 days, accommodation in twin room with breakfast + halfboard and short wine cellar introduction (incl. dinner with either starter or dessert). Tasted wines extra cost.

Optional: Accommodation at Vaihela’s outbuilding 110 €/1-2 persons with breakfast, + bike for 2 days 45€/person.

Route description

This beautiful biking way shows you thrilling views of seaside Naantali. Route is 35km long one way with various up and down hills. It starts from Visit Naantali’s office located in the old town, where you pick up the bikes. First the route goes via Rantakatu which you continue until left (and almost immediately right) turn to Rakkaudenpolku (Path of love, goes uphill). In Rantakatu you can admire the seaside Naantali with old wooden houses along the beach front. You follow Rakkaudenpolku until you come to Kuparivuorentie where you turn right and continue towards Ukkopekka bridge. You can also go to the Kuparivuori rocks and catch the unbelievable views towards Kultaranta Presidential Garden. This is also a good place to have a picnic if you have time, not forgetting the sunsets.

After the bridge you go about 200 metres and turn right to Luonnonmaantie, you follow that until you come to crossroad. You cross the road and street name changes to Särkänsalmentie. You continue the way 1,8km and arrive to Kultaranta Golf Resort. You can look at the green fields and views while you enjoy coffee or refreshments at the Heineken House’s terrace. From Kultaranta Resort you continue the way forward until it takes you to Rymättyläntie (road 189), (in the beginning of the Särkänsalmi bridge, steep uphill leading to this point). You cross the bridge and turn right (in a small island). There is a kiosk where you can also have snacks and refreshments. You can leave bikes there and take a walk to the rocks (there is a path starting from kiosk). It’s beautiful sceneries from between the rocks and trees. When continuing again from the island you go few hundred meters and turn right to Merimaskuntie (road 1930, 27km to go from this point).

When you continue there is a food market ahead if you need something, elementary school of Merimasku on the left side two km’s ahead, after that you arrive to Kirkonsalmi bridge. Just before the bridge the road turns left to Merimasku village centre and to church (sixth oldest wooden church still in use in Finland, open from 20th of June, Wed to Sun 12pm-4pm). There are also two restaurants at the beach front. When you continue to bridge direction, you continue (the road name changes to Rauduistentie, number stays same 1930) until you arrive to crossroad with road 1931. There you turn left towards Velkua, (road 1931, 17km to go). You go forward this road until you arrive to Teersalo. There is one small bridge on the way. Some up and down hills. Beuatiful farming fields cover the land in most places along the way. In Teersalo there is a restaurant and a shop just next to the ferry. The ferry from Teersalo to Palva island goes every half an hour (even and half hours), so you might have to wait a little bit, but enjoying the views pays the wait.

After you have gotten yourself to Palva island you cycle through it (road: Palvantie). It is recommendable to stop and visit Palva St. Henrik’s church, built 1793. Inside the church you can get only by request. Distance to the second ferry is about 2km. This ferry also goes every half an hour (quarter past and quarter to). When you arrive to Velkuanmaa island, you still need to go about 2km until you come to Archipelago Hotel Vaihela (reddish wooden buildings). After you have made yourself comfortable you have many options what to do next. You can go to sauna and swim, have wine tasting, dinner, go for little hike to beautiful rocks and trees path with an unbelievable view, or just chill out at the restaurant terrace.

Bookings

Visit Naantali info@visitnaantali.com tel. +358 (0)2 435 9800

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Public transport

Buses from Turku to Naantali

You can reach Naantali direct from the Turku market square on: timetables for lines 6 and 7 at www.foli.fi/en. On the same website you will also find timetables for buses N2 from Naantali to Merimasku and N4 from Naantali to Rymättylä. 

Taxi, tel. +358 2 10 041

Turku Airport, tel. +358 20 708 4717

When travelling locally, bus number 1 runs from the airport to Turku market square, where you can catch  buses  6 and 7 to Naantali. Timetables for bus line 1 are available at www.foli.fi/en.

Turku railway station

Turku is easily accessible by train. Train timetables and ticket prices: tel. +358 600 41 900 (EUR 1.99 per answered call + local network rates), www.vr.fi  

Arriving by sea

Finnlines operates a direct line from Kappellskär in Sweden and Långnäs in Åland to the Port of Naantali.

You can travel to the Port of Turku from Sweden on ships operated by Viking Line and Tallink Silja. When travelling locally, bus number 1 runs from the harbour to Turku market square, where you can catch buses 6 and 7 to Naantali.

In summer, Steamship s/s Ukkopekka runs between Turku-Naantali-Turku twice daily.

Getting there

Naantali is just a thirty minute drive away from Turku. If you're coming by car take the E-18 road from Helsinki, highway 9 from Tampere and highway 8 from Pori, which all have exits to Naantali. Or first make your way to Turku by air, sea, train or bus and continue from there to Naantali.

Parking

Especially in summer Naantali is alive with visitors, meaning the streets will be filled with thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as well as motorists searching for parking spaces.

The most important daytime parking areas are marked on the map: https://www.visitnaantali.com/en/parking-naantali-0.

Naantali's old town is a mixed-use zone with no public parking.

Times when parking fees apply are shown on additional signs. If no parking fee times are displayed, then fees are in force at all times. Once paid, the parking permit is to be clearly displayed in the inside of the windscreen or a side window, in such a way that the whole of the front of the permit can be read from outside the vehicle.

Parking in the town centre is limited by a parking disc. Time of arrival (starting from the next hour or half hour) in your parking disc shows when parking began. The parking disc should be placed in a clearly visible spot on the inside of the windscreen, so it can be read from outside the vehicle (and not, for instance, on the car seat).  

Parking regulation

When looking for a parking space, you should remember that parking in Naantali is strictly regulated during the summer.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Visit Naantali

Nunnakatu 2
21100 Naantali
Phone +358 2 435 9800
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Updated: May 05, 2020
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