Spa town in Finland
Naantali is a town near Turku in Western Finland. It is a popular tourist destination in the summer. The municipality now includes much of the northern Archipelago Sea (former municipalities Merimasku, Rymättylä and Velkua).
Naantali originated as a Bridgettine convent 1443. After the Lutheran reformation, the convent was laid down and the town had a hard time. The church was repaired by Per Brahe in 1660. In the mid-18th century, the town got a customs chamber and new vitality. In the late 19th century Naantali became a spa resort.
Naantali has a busy freight port and heavy industry, but you have to stray away quite a bit from the tourist areas to notice that.
This interesting divide between urban and rural is perhaps one reason as to why the city has been named the most popular tourist centre in the country in numerous surveys. Another factor affecting this is the proximity of both Turku, the region's administrative centre and largest city, and of the archipelago.
There are some important points of interest in the city, such as the Moomin World theme park on the island of Kailo.
Naantali Spa Hotel, the largest spa in Scandinavia, and the Naantali’s medieval convent stone church. The city's popularity as a tourist venue is highlighted by the fact that the official summer residence of the President of Finland, the Kultaranta estate, is located on Luonnonmaa.
The archipelago sea boat traffic is handled by S/S Ukkopekka. Old steamship cruise Naantali-Turku-Naantali.
Naantali hosts an international music festival every June, and the traditional Sleepyhead Day carnival in July.