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A blue sky dotted with white clouds watches over the Kuusisto Bishop's Castle Ruins, the remains of a once grand building.

Roughly a 15-minute drive from Turku, Kaarina is the first stop on the famous Archipelago Trail. Speckled with unspoiled forests and pristine parklands, the city is also just a hop, skip, and a jump from the seaside. Kaarina has a colorful history and there are plenty of manors, memorials, and even archaeological remains that bring this past to life. Among the historic sights are the ruins of a grand castle that belonged to the bishops of the Finnish Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. Well-serviced by the local bus network, Kaarina is also a great place to explore on two wheels.

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