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Kotka: Perfect day


Ashlee Beard,

9am
Take an early morning stroll around Finland’s award-winning Sapokka Water Garden, a peaceful oasis near downtown Kotka

10am
Grab a coffee or hot chocolate and check out Finland’s diverse aquatic life at the Maretarium aquarium on Sapokankatu

11am
Wander through the herb garden of the 18th-century fortress Redoubt Kotka and follow the path to the Haukkavuori lookout tower, which stands on the highest rock on the island

1pm

Kotka has a strong maritime heritage, recognised by Wanha Fiskari restaurant on Ruotsinsalmenkatu with its nautically themed decor and dishes made from delicious, locally caught fish

2.30pm
Visit Kotkan Valokuvakeskus (Kotka Photographic Centre) on Vuorelankulma, Finland’s second-largest space dedicated to photographic art from Finnish and international artists

3.30pm
Check out the latest exhibition at the Maritime Centre Vellamo on Tornatorintie; the award-winning building, opened in 2008, is as impressive as the exhibitions within

4.30pm
Head to the Pasaati shopping centre on Keskuskatu, where you’ll find a large selection of Scandinavia’s leading brands

8pm
Discover the local night life at Amarillo in Sokos Hotel Seurahuone on Keskuskatu; the Tex-Mex menu complements the fun atmosphere

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