This year summer arrived early to Finland. May has been exceptionally sunny and warm, and to celebrate it I pulled on my rollerblades for the very first time this year. My original plan was to combine rollerblading with giving a shot for a completely new hobby, geocatching. As usually, my day didn’t quite go as planned.
I didn’t start a new hobby, at least not yet. Instead I ended up creating a scenic route for rollerblading in Rauma – just for you!
You can find my home town Rauma on the South-West coast of Finland. Rauma is one of the most beautiful and interesting summer destinations in the whole of Finland, especially thanks to its’ old town, Old Rauma, that is one of Finland’s 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (actually, Rauma is the only Finnish town with 2 World Heritage Sites!) and its’ convenient coastal location.
The best way to explore Rauma in summer is definitely cycling. Thanks to short distances, you can get anywhere by bicycle and in town it’s way more faster and easier way to move than a car.
Rollerblading is a different story. Old Rauma is a good example; you don’t want to go on the cobblestone streets by rollerblades at all! Rollerblading is sometimes difficult also outside the old town; for some weird reason, many of the streets in the centre are ripped open every single summer, which is rather annoying. If you’re biking, a little road work won’t bother you much, but with rollerblades it’s sometimes difficult.
And this is why I’m now presenting you a great suggestion for a scenic route in central Rauma with sea views and a couple nice summer terraces as well!
Below you can find a screenshot of the route I created on Google Maps for you. Even if it’s a screenshot, by clicking it you’ll be directed to Google Maps for a closer look and you can make your own adjustments to it if needed.
This route is 10 km long, and it’s created for chilling summer day blading rather than real exercise. For a starting point I chose a big supermarket called Prisma, mostly because when entering the town, you can not miss it even if you tried. As it’s a supermarket, there is also a large and free parking place where to leave your car while you’re rollerblading around the town.
Actually, all parking spots in Rauma are completely free of charge, that’s another great feature in this town. But in the central area it might sometimes be difficult to find a free parking place, and they are often time limited.
The actual route starts from the other side of the street. After a roundabout you should start following the street called Tallikedonkatu. When doing that, the old town and also our beautiful church, ‘The Church of The Holy Cross’, will stay on your left side. In case you want to have a quick peek, you can easily go by the church by rollerblades. Wouldn’t recommend going in though, unless you are carrying shoes with you.
If you want to skip the church, just keep skating straight over the first crossing and pass the bus station that will stay on your right-hand side. Right after the bus station turn left; at least in May this route was still free from road works.
Again, skate straight from the first crossing, and after that turn left. Soon you will come to a bridge, where you can take a moment to admire the the views along the river on both ways. The town centre is on your left-hand side. Once you’ve had your break, take the right turning and follow the cycle path along the river. This path is in good shape – and also the view is great! The photo below is taken along that path facing the town centre.
Once you reach the end of the cycle path, take the right turning and you’ll see a bridge and a railway on your right. That’s the direction you want to take – wait a bit, you’ll soon see why!
After crossing the railway turn left to uphill. The harbour of Rauma will stay on your left-hand side. At the time of my rollerblading adventure the big sailing ship Kathrina was still resting at the harbour, as you might be able to see from the picture below (look at the left side of the photo). Soon it will be transferred to Poroholma Camping, where it will stay for the whole summer. We will stop in Poroholma Camping as well during this trip, don’t worry!
To get over the railway you need to face a small uphill – but also a downhill, feel the speed! We are getting closer and closer to the sea and Poroholma Camping, which is just around the corner. There you can enjoy a refreshing drink on the scenic summer terrace. Let’s face it, you are feeling a bit thirsty after the uphill, right?
Here you can choose between several streets (look at the map and you’ll understand). I chose the one called Pidesluodonkatu, and thanks to the smooth surface also my rollerblades were thanking me for a good choice.
The next moment you’ll realize you’re already at the gate of Poroholma Camping. Now it’s time for that refreshing summer drink by the sea! You should roll around a little moment even if you didn’t fancy a drink; the whole area is paved and you can go around it easily with rollerblades. But remember to be careful, there might be a lot of pedestrians walking around. In May Poroholma was still quiet.
On the next part of the route we need to be a little patient, but trust me, the view is worth it. After leaving Poroholma Camping we want to turn left and continue Suvitie along the sea. The start bit of the street is nice and smooth, but soon it will change dramatically! There are short sections where the asphalt is absolutely a-w-f-u-l! But we can handle it. What wouldn’t we be willing to suffer for a nice sea view, right? In case you’re biking instead of rollerblading, you won’t even notice a little damage on the cycle path.
Otanlahti beach will stay on your left-hand side. If you’re a little bit extreme, you might want to have a little ride on the cable ski there, Poroholma Wakepark. You might even remember when I was having a little go with it last summer when it had just arrived.
Very soon we’ll arrive to Syvärauma harbour, which is a guest harbour for small boats. Maybe you have one? You can park it here!
There we have our second summer terrace by the sea, Suvitien Merijakamo, which you can see in the middle of the picture below. To reach the deck you need to go across a sandy bit, so in case you have those shoes in your backpack, you might want to take them out. After all, it’s nice to have a little break and walk along the decks. There’s also a viewing tower, Kiikartorni, where you can climb for views whenever it’s open.
At the end of the street you can choose whether to continue a little bit with the scenic route (turn left) or head directly back to town centre (turn right). The left turn is highly recommended! After going over the bridge turn immediately right to Kappelinsalmentie. This view and a smooth path will be good enough reasons:
Soon you will arrive to a roundabout, where a right turn takes you directly back to the centre. In case you want to have a little dash, then take one more left turning just before the railway. There is a quiet and smooth cycle path where you can go very fast, if you dare. When going along the path you’ll come to an underpass. Turn right and you’re right where we started!
Wow, that was a fast 10 km!
Oh yeah, there were a few geocatches along the route. I just forgot to look for them. Oh well, next time!
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