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Naantali is one of the oldest cities in Finland, small but important as a tourist centre. It lies 14 kilometres from Turku and is a part of Turku City Region. The main, but not the only attraction in Naantali - is "The Moomins World".


In 1443, Swedish king Christopher granted the lands for a Brigittine Convent, and that date is considered as the beginning of Naantali. The name of the convent was Vallis Gratiae - The Valley of Marcy, in medieval Swedish – Nadhendaal. Till nowadays remain only the church, consecrated in 1462, which still dominate over the harbour. 
After period of lesser importance, in 17th century the healthy spring was discovered, and Naantali started career as a SPA resort. In 1920s it served 2,000 customers.
The south-western part of the city is a Vanhakaupunki – charming old city with small wooden houses separated by narrow, cable stone streets. For those interested more in active holidays, the Naantali Archipelago can offer many sports, from fishing to golf courses.
Families visiting Naantali cannot miss the Moomin World – theme park where one can meet the Moomin Family – nice creatures from famous Tove Jansson's children books.
Muumimaailma – The Moomin World

Moomin World is the theme park based on a characters from Tove Jansson's children books. It is located on island Kailo, near the Naantali old town.
Opened in 1970s, is considered as the best children park in Finland. Little adventurers can visit round, blue Moomin's house, watch theatre performance in Moomin Theatre Emma or got lost in Witch's Labyrinth. Somewhere on the island hide also scary Groke and strange Hattifatteners. As a guides there are whole Moomin Family, together with other creatures – Little My, Snufkin and Sniff.
Although the Moomin World is not an amusement park with rides and roller coasters, it provide entertainment for whole families for long hours.





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