Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland and evidence of its long history can still be seen and felt as you walk its charming streets. It is only one hour drive away from Helsinki – and now that I have friends living there, I have visited the city quite often. It is also possible to travel from the capital to Porvoo by steamboat in the summer.
Porvoo’s most well-known symbol and attraction are the lovely red shore houses. They were once used to store merchandise and exotic delicacies from distant lands.
PS. If you love chocolate Porvoo is the perfect place for you. Check out Pieni Suklaatehdas and Brunberg’s Chocolate Factory.