Yyteri Is One of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Finland And The Hotel Welcomes Dogs, Too

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It was the closest thing to cloud-walking. On a hot summer day in mid-July, my feet sank into the very fine sand on the beach of Yyteri. The powdery sand was unlike anything I’ve experienced in Finland. Everywhere I looked there was sand. Sand for kilometers and kilometers, dotted with people worshiping the sun and carrying surfboards. The sea was pounding upon the shore as the gusting wind pushed the surfers back and forth with their big sails blowing in the breeze in one of the windiest waters in the country.

Yyteri is a beach and district on the coast of Pori, not far from the city center. Pori itself is a historical city up on the west coast, located about 240 kilometers from Helsinki; it was founded by Duke John in 1558 who later became the king of Sweden. Yyteri beach is “one of the finest stretches of sand in northern Europe,” said The Guardian in their article of 10 of the best beaches in Europe for families.

We had accommodated the spa hotel, Yyteri Hotel & Spa, located only a few hundred meters away from the beach. It stood above the surrounding pine trees, shaped like a box and carried by gigantic pillars. The arching facade finished off the surreal look. If the futuristic look was any indication, this mother ship wouldn’t be your ordinary inn.

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According to the history books, Mother Nature created Yyteri sands in the beginning of the 19th century when the sand floor of the ocean became visible after the water had withdrawn from the area. The strong wind took care of the rest. Where the drifting sand landed, a dune piled. Like snow, but not melting. The nature of Yyteri is a unique biotope in Finland, and justly some of the dunes are carrying magnificent names like the “Emperor’s Sandbank.”

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At the beach, the smell of hamburgers, fries and fish loafed in the air from the new beach restaurant Helmi. I climbed on the second floor, which was uncovered, resembling the deck of a boat, and I walked to the edge and watched the wind creating white horses in the sea. At the tables, patrons were sipping red wine and eating fish. My long hair was waving in the air, and I felt like Mick Jagger watching the audience in the summer of ’65.

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Yyteri beach on the coast of Pori in Finland is really wonderful & Beautiful indeed . – Basant Kumar, Dehradun, India

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