Coastal Finland offers a bucolic, gorgeous landscape made of old wooden towns, lighthouses, stone churches and large national parks stretching over land and sea. The Archipelago Sea is one of the beauties of the Finnish coast. It contains the largest archipelago in the world by number of islands, many of them small and tightly clustered. The Åland Islands are an autonomous region within Finland, consisting of more than 6,500 islands including the largest of the region. All these make the Archipelago Sea an important tourist destination, especially in the summer months, when coastal towns are more lively.