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Gothenburg - Göteborg - on Sweden's west coast is the country's largest port and arrival
point for hordes of tourist vehicles, but also an attractive,
spacious, canal-crossed city with grand buildings from varied eras,
fine cultural offerings including an opera house and museums as well as Liseberg, a high quality amusement park
will give the kiddies a break from culture overdose. The road
to Gothenburg from Stockholm is deadly dull but the coast north
of Gothenburg is rocky and appealing.
Outside Stockholm Sweden's list of things to do shrinks quite rapidly. Gothenburg, Uppsala university town and lovely walled Visby are the best urban attractions. Kalmar a southeasterly island, connected to Oland island is
another charming medieval town with a huge history and a fantastic
Gotland, a southeasterly island in the Baltic Sea, 90km off Sweden's east coast, provides
some of Sweden's best landscapes, sailing, relatively good weather,
sandy beaches and the spectacular medieval walled town of Visby,
with its 100 ancient churches and 3km city wall. A car is unnecessary,
tourists can easily travel there by train and ferry.
Iddefjord dividing Norway (on the left) from Sweden; a typical green landscape in the northwest.
Dalarna and Värmland Provinces in the northwest,
adjacent to Norway and north of Göteborg, offers the best of traditional Swedish countryside, unspoilt forests, vast crystal lakes - especially Lake Siljan - and ancient villages retaining Swedish folk customs.
Orbaden beach, Halsingland. Getting to Halsingland beaches.
Top Sweden Beaches:
- Near Stockholm city centre are two popular beaches, Langholmsbadet and Smedsuddsbadet, both with good facilities including food and recreational areas. Busy in the summer of course. Ask your hotel reception how to get there.
- Varamon beach in south Sweden is reputed to get more sun than any other beach so is a favourite destination for both locals. The beach offers plenty of soft sand, varied facilities and marine activities. To get there travel to the city of Motala and follow signs from there.
- Another excellent beach in southern Sweden is Boda on the island of Oland, connected to the Swedish mainland via Road 137 from Kalmar to Oland. Boda beach is long with fine sand, good facilities, camping and activities available, including golf.
- Sudersand is one of Sweden's most popular beaches on the Baltic Sea, with boat rentals, marine activities, accommodation and food all available. It's on the small island of Faro in Gotland, about 200 km (125 mi) south of Stockholm. You can get there from Stockholm via the Nynashamn - Visby ferry followed by the Farosund - Faro ferry.
- Skane region, also in the south and sometimes known as the Swedish Riviera, is famous for its variety of expansive beaches. They are easy to reach from Denmark across the Oresund Bridge.
Reindeer in search of Santa.
A happy hiker in Lapland, north Sweden.
And then there's winter. But that's another story...
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