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With a reputation for being at the heart of Finland's booming technology sector, you might expect Oulu to be as modern as the products it produces. However, it has plenty of charming and traditional touches, and this clean and friendly area makes for a cosmopolitan city break. Sitting on the shores of the Baltic sea, there are also plenty of ways to get some fresh air and enjoy the clear waters all year round.

Things to see

Oulu Beach has miles of golden sands surrounded by thick palm trees, with choppy clear waters where you'll often see locals taking a dip in even the coldest of weather. There are plenty of bike trails and hiking routes where you can take in the shimmering Baltic scenery, and enjoy this peaceful and isolated area. Towering over the city's skyline is the Oulu Cathedral with its bright exterior and impressive belfry. Take a look inside and you'll find light and airy spaces decorated with intricate carving and colorful stained glass framing the walls. Oulu Market Square is surrounded by converted warehouses that have been turned into stylish restaurants and bars, and on market day there are dozens of colorful stalls displaying local delicacies, as well as a cavernous hall where you'll find fresh meat and fish for sale. No trip to Finland would be complete without seeing a fast-paced and thrilling ice hockey game, and by visiting Oulun Energia Areena you can see Oulun Kärpät the local team take on their rivals.

Hotels in Oulu

The city is full of stylish, cosmopolitan hotels with plenty of Oulu hotel deals available for those on a budget. The majority of hotels are 3 to 4 star, so you can expect plenty of practical features such as free WiFi, restaurants and bars, fitness facilities, free breakfast, tours and ticket assistance, conference rooms, and event catering services. Rooms are also full of amenities to help you relax, and these could include flat screen televisions, bathtubs or showers, hair dryers, hypo-allergenic bedding, blackout drapes, and makeup mirrors. Those traveling with children will often find family rooms available, and can arrange for cribs or rollaway beds to be added to the room.

Where to stay

Oulu's city center is a pleasant mix of old and new, with many charming Finnish features giving the city a traditional atmosphere. During the day you'll see many residents rolling down the paved streets on their bicycles, with various degrees of eccentric clothing on display. The city is particularly charming during the winter months when there's a light dusting of snow on the ground, and the lit-up buildings give the area a cozy feel. Oulunsalo is a popular area with business travelers thanks to its close proximity to the airport, and the area also has plenty of isolated spots overlooking the Baltic sea.

How to get to Oulu

Oulu Airport is less than 7 miles from the city center and is the second biggest airport in Finland. From here you'll find flights arriving from major cities across Northern Europe, with quick connections to Stockholm and Finland. There are regular buses departing from outside the terminal and taking you into the city in 15 minutes or so, and there are also plenty of cabs and hire cars available. Oulu Railway Station is conveniently placed in the center of the city, with several Finnish Railways services to major cities across the country.

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