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Island life

14.7.2016 Text: Helsinki This Week
Pihlajasaari Beach

Ask anyone about the best thing in Helsinki in summertime, and they’ll probably say: Sea. Islands. Archipelago.

Helsinki has a shoreline of around 100 kilometres and over 300 islands of which many are accessible for recreational use.

Pihlajasaari is a good example of those summer islands being one of the most popular summer oases for Helsinki residents. The island can be reached by a commuter boat from Kaivopuisto and Ruoholahti every hour. Pihlajasaari consists of two separate islands connected by a small bridge. On the eastern island there is a camping area and a unisex nudist beach. The nudist beach is actually bare cliffs and very little sand.

The western island offers large sandy beaches and a café-restaurant called (obviously) restaurant Pihlajasaari. The restaurant serves customers in a 130-year-old wooden villa, originally Villa Hällebo. Also remember that the restaurant serves food from the lunch hours till the evening. Its seaside terrace is a great place to enjoy drinks and admire the view.

More info of the island and the restaurant
Timetables for boats 

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