Recommended by our staff

Recommended by our staff

Where to go today? Do you want to try something different – something local? The staff of Original Sokos Hotel Kaarle will update their own hints of what to do and where to go, the unofficial ones, which are hard to learn about elsewhere. Read more!

Walk along Keskuspuisto to Mustakari

Step out of Kaarle's door and walk a mere 100 metres to Kokkola's central park and the shore of Sunti (the Sound). Sunti is a narrow waterway running through the centre of Kokkola. It's great for walking or biking along its shores to the summer restaurant Mustakari to enjoy the sunset, sailing boats and some good food.  

Meripuisto is a MUST!

Walking along Sunti, you also reach Meripuisto (the Seaside Park) which is the locals' favourite spot on Vanhansatamanlahti (the Old Harbour Bay). It's perfect for games, activities and swimming. It's also great for sun bathing or taking a stroll in the nearby Housing Fair 2011 area. The big park and its beaches and lawns provide a lovely setting for picnics!

Neristan – the old town

The old town of Kokkola, called Neristan, is located just opposite Kaarle, across the Market Square and Sunti. Take a peek into the carefully preserved and tended wooden houses and discover secret gardens, summer cafés and unique boutiques. In the boathouse located in Englanninpuisto (the English Park) next to Neristan, you can admire an English gunboat captured in the Skirmish of Halkokari.


The evening market on Wednesdays

On summer Wednesdays, the evening market in the Market Square next to Kaarle is a sure hit. Week after week, thousands of people come to the market: local performers, dozens of vendors selling anything from second-hand goods and handicrafts to seasonal vegetables, fish delicacies and flowers.

Take a tour to Tankar

Located 15 km from Meripuisto, the historical lighthouse island of Tankar has a regular boat service in the summer with the m/s Jenny. In addition to the wonderful maritime nature and the lighthouse on the island, there is a museum and a church, as well as Café Tankar, which serves genuine local delicacies. Tankar is an excellent and accessible destination for visitors of all ages, and is also suitable for persons with limited mobility.

Kaustinen folk music festival

Located 45 km from Kokkola, Kaustinen gives folk music festival every summer for the whole family. The versatile programme consists of a myriad of amateur folk musicians, best professional folk musicians in the country, highly interesting international world music names and singer-songwriters from the top of the radio waves. Read more here During the Festival, there will be the festival bus services between our hotel and Kaustinen