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Picturesque Porvoo, just beyond Helsinki

Finland has an array of towns and cities you must visit, with Porvoo, located just beyond Helsinki, being one of these gems.

Porvoo is the second-oldest town in Finland, charming visitors with its historic gems, designer shops and fine dining.

Located just a hour from Helsinki, Porvoo is a great day-trip destination.

As soon as you arrive in Porvoo, the town’s principal landmark is clearly visible – Saint Mary’s Cathedral. The cathedral, with origins dating back to the 13th century, is rich in history.

There is an aroma of tar that still hangs in the air, in and around the cathedral, a reminder that it has been bombed, burgled and burned many times over however each time it has been restored to its former glory.

The cathedral is surrounded by a charming old town, with some quaint houses being over 100 years old.

From the Town Hall Square, you will enter a neighbourhood of delightful boutiques – antique stores, handicraft shops, toy shops and more, giving you the most original selection of items in Finland.

And you cannot leave Porvoo without trying its famous chocolate. The Brunberg Chocolate Factory, which was founded in 1871, still sells its truffles with its competitor, Pieni Suklaatehdas, having a storefront near the cathedral. We honestly couldn't tell you which one has the best chocolate, we recommend that you visit both to decide for yourself!