In the heart of modern Rauma, Vanha Rauma (the Old Town) remains a living centre, with cosy cafes, shops and a few artisans working in small studios; try to visit between Tuesday and Saturday, when everything is open and the town hums with life.

There are more than 600 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings here, each with its own name – look for small oval nameplates near the door. For a detailed history, pick up a free copy of A Walking Tour in the Old Town from the tourist office.