Pihlajasaari, a holiday island formerly filled with private villas, is nowadays a recreational area in which the people of Helsinki can engage in a variety of outdoor pursuits. In fact there are two islands, a western and an eastern one, joined by a pedestrian bridge. The island is located offshore from Kaivopuisto, some three kilometres from the city centre, and there is a boat connection from both the sea harbour in Kaivopuisto in Ullanlinna and Ruoholahti.
A handful of old villas are still in existence and the island’s habitats consist of rocky outcrops, small tracts of forest, herbrich stands, and rocky and sandy shores. The surface area of this island is approx 26 hectares.
Sunbathers are especially attracted to Pihlajasaari’s lovely sandy beaches. The diversity of habitats, good location and efficient services have made Pihlajasaari Helsinki’s most popular summer island.