Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, Helsinki

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At Pihlajasaari Recreational Park you can swim at sandy beaches or jog and hike through wooded areas. This island was once a villa resort with small cottages scattered throughout its forests and seafronts. Today the 26 hectare (64 acre) site attracts sun worshipers and active vacationers from all over the country. Visit the beach by boat and spend a day surrounded by diverse wildlife and colorful cottages, or swim in the clear sea. You can also camp at a designated area. If you're hungry, visit the restaurant inside a 19th-century wooden villa for some smoked Finnish salmon. To visit Pihlajasaari Recreational Park on your trip to Helsinki, use our Helsinki online holiday planner .
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  • We really liked Pihlajasaari. Natures peace and beautiful beaches right next to the city. It is easily accessed from Ruoholahti with the ferry taking 15 minutes. Restaurant served delicious creamy sal...  more »
  • Lots of nature and beautiful beach. Great places to have your own picnic or go to restaurants nearby. Highly recommend.  more »
  • Pihjalasaari is certainly a must see in Helsinki if you wish to experience an authentic beach instead of crowded Hietaniemi beach. Good facilities for picnic, grill and barbecue and of course swimming...  more »
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  • Really beautiful island so close to the city with a proper beach and view into the outer archipelago.
  • Excellent little island where is sandy and rocky beaches to swin and have sunbath. One restaurant to eat and drink. This bigger island is connected to smaller island with bridge where is nudist beach.
  • Very few tourists here, so you can enjoy nature in silence. There's a huge beach (with warnings about blue algae when we went there), a few bbq spots and a restaurant with few but delicious meals. I love it here.
  • Relaxed place. Several beaches, also a big nudist area.
  • beautiful views, infrequent ferries

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