Porvoo’s land area is 655 km², water area is 1114 km² and the population density is 70 person/km². The town is divided in the centre area, bigger suburbs such as Kevätkumpu, Huhtinen, Näsi, Peippola and Gammelbacka, smaller urban areas and a wide rural- and archipelago area.
The Old Town provides one of Porvoos most colourful sights and tourist attractions. Old Porvoo is famous for its narrow lanes and brick-coloured riverside warehouses.
In the Empire-style part of the town, the low wooden houses belong to the classical town plan where the streets form squares. It is here that the home of Finland's greatest poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, provides one of Porvoo's most popular tourist attractions.
Downtown Porvoo is full of life
The Market Square is the heart of the city, surrounded by City Hall, the bus station (Matkahuolto), specialty boutiques and services (including those at Lundi Shopping Center). The range of products at the marketplace varies by season. The market café is one place locals meet with their friends and neighbours.
The guest marina and ferry dock at Jokiranta are pulsing with life, especially in summer. The bridge at Aleksanterinkatu, completed in autumn 2004, and the newly restored Jokiranta area now encourage locals to take an evening walk and enjoy the latest improvements to the downtown area. Flower beds, fountains, cafés and sundecks have turned the shore into an attractive gathering place.
The West Bank of the future
On the opposite bank, the Porvoo of the future is rising. The wooden town district has been influenced by Old Porvoo: the town plan is equally dense and the colour scheme similar. The houses along the river bank conduct a subtle dialogue with the waterfront storehouses.
Porvoon Kuninkaanportti is a business area near the western highway ramp designed to accommodate stores that require a lot of space.