Guest post: Maria from the popular Swedish interior design blog > www.inredningsvis.se
My name is Maria and I live in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second biggest city and also Sofia’s home town - Gothenburg has so much to offer, but my absolute favourite getaway is the archipelago.
It consists of some of Bohus county’s most beautiful islands, and is just far enough away to make it feel like a mini-holiday destination – if you’re visiting Gothenburg, I highly recommend a trip on the water – you won’t regret it
Each island has its own unique charm – here is a list of my absolute favorite summer getaways close to Gothenburg:
Styrsö – Where Time Stands Still
The first time I set foot on Styrsö it was love at first sight – when stepping off the ferry, the first thing you see is an adorable old-fashioned garden café – with beautiful white-washed villas from the turn of the 20th century lined up along the promenade.
There are two shops on the island, as well as a lovely place to go swimming called Utterviken – it’s an island with a hint of romance where time stands still.
Asperö – Picnic Perfect
Asperö is a recent discovery for me and a new favourite on my list – it is the island closest to the mainland – just 9 minutes from the port of Saltholmen.
Small, picturesque Summer cottages and newly built villas are huddled on a small land mass.
There is an ice-cream kiosk, and one shop on the island which is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Swedish country grocers.
If you walk towards the island’s sole swimming beach, you can take a short climb to a look-out – it has a stunning view over all Asperö and also parts of nearby Bränno.
Asperö is quite simply a perfect island for a Summer picnic with a Swedish sea view.
Brännö – For The Island Enthusiast
Brännö is one of the biggest of the islands with approximately 900 permanent residents – it is unique in that it is not a fishing island like the others, rather, agriculture is the biggest industry there.
The island has rich bird life and wonderful nature to walk in – you can also paddle sea kayaks from there.
There is a classic quay on the southwest side of the island called Brännö Husvik – every Summer, the classic Swedish “Dance at Brännö Quay” is held here and is a must for every true island enthusiast
Köpstadsö – The Hidden Gem
Köpstadsö is like a little sugar-sweet praline in a bag of island-candy.
There are only footpaths here – cars are not allowed on the island – you can see many of the 100 residents driving around on mopeds carrying tools on the narrow, winding roads.
There are many small picturesque houses and gardens. The genuine island feeling is made stronger by the fact that there is not one single shop on the island.
A tip is to take your own picnic with you to eat on the rocks, to the sound of the gently rolling waves and seagull serenade
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