The town is famed for its many wooden buildings, picturesquely perched by the Porvoo River (Finnish Porvoonjoki, Swedish Borgå å). These are concentrated in the old city (Fin: Vanha Porvoo, Swedish Borgå), a few hundred meters northwest of the modern city centre, and on a fine summer day a stroll around them is very delightful indeed. For the best view of the iconic red warehouses, cross the river and walk along the park on the other side.
The local team Porvoon Akilles, or just Akilles, plays in the highest bandy division and has become Finnish champions twice. Sami Hyypiä,a football player for the Finnish national team is the main sports pride of Porvoo