A Day in Marstrand | The Gothenburg Archipelago

Two weeks ago, I told you how much I loved Gothenburg and how much the city suprised me. I actually only had 24 hours to explore the city as I spend my second day out in the Gothenburg archipelago, namely in Marstrand. If you ever happen to be in the Gothenburg area, you just HAVE to head over to the archipelago too. I even go as far as to say that the Gothenburg archipelago is even more beautiful than the Stockholm archipelago but that's just my opinion.

Anyway, Marstrand is a beautiful old town situated on two islands. It was founded in the 12th century and has become a popular seaside and sailing resort since then. It's kind of the hotspot of the rich and pretty but in the summer it's crowded by visiting tourists so I actually didn't feel as out of place as I did in some parts of Oslo. Its most important sight is Karlstens Fästning, the castle and former prison, which is located right in the middle of the island on a hill. It's a great starting point for walks throughtout the island and offers you some amazing views on the archipelago. Marstrand also is a great place for a beach holiday and after I walked around the island a bit, I searched for and found a nice spot at the beach. I just regret not having brought my bikini as the weather forecast said something of 22 degrees and clouds but in reality it felt like 30 degrees and there was no cloud at all....

Anyway, I had a great time at the beach even though I wasn't able to cool off in the ocean. Before heading back to Gothenburg (by bus by the way which takes about an hour) I had some fish&chips but if you're into fancy food, you can find lots of expensive restaurants along the waterside. Also if you're into tacky souvenirs, you'll find something there.

Fun Facts: - you have to take the ferry to get to the main island of Marstrand - about 1000 people live there, though most of them only in summer - every year the sailing competition Match Cup Sweden is held in Marstrand - ABBA filmed their video for "The Winner Takes It All" there - Marstrand once was part of Norway

West coast or east coast? What's your favourite archipelago in Sweden?

And if you haven't been there yet, would you want to visit Marstrand?