Vanha Rauma

Lonely Planet review

The World Heritage–listed Old Town in the heart of modern Rauma remains a living centre, with low-key cafes, shops, residences and a few artisans and lace-makers working in small studios. The biggest pleasure is wandering and browsing, so try to get here Tuesday to Friday when everything is open and the town thrums with life.

The area boasts over 600 wooden buildings, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and each introduces itself by name – look for the small oval nameplate near the door. The two main streets are Kuninkaankatu and Kauppakatu, but meander away from them and you’ll find several serendipitous spots. For a detailed history, pick up a copy of A Walking Tour in the Old Town from the tourist office.

As with much of Finland, the kauppatori is the heart of old Rauma. Although there was recently a controversy about creating a covered area of the market, it remains a lively market square.