The archipelago scenery really picks up once you reach Nagu (Finnish: Nauvo) – an idyllic island nestled between Pargas and Korpo. Its lively Swedish-style guest harbour has a string of shore-side huts selling souvenirs, designer sailor-wear and smoked salmon. Pleasant walking trails fan out around the harbour, leading to an atmospheric old church, a lively farmers market and several inviting beaches. One trail follows the shore of the Kyrkviken, the swampy inlet on the south side of the island, which is excellent for spotting wading birds.
Nagu is a highlight of the Turku Archipelago: it's a mandatory stop if you're riding the Archipelago Trail, but it's also an ideal place to spend a few days relaxing and relishing fresh seafood, frigid dips and glorious sunsets. This is archipelago living at its best.