Spring in Gothenburg and West Sweden
The latest selection of inspirational new holiday ideas, travel news and events in Gothenburg and West Sweden – including a coastal Easter getaway, a city & countryside weekend escape, new biking and hiking packages, exciting new spring Shellfish Journeys and an overview of exciting news and events for the rest of 2015.
Easter escape idea
No Påsk – or Easter – celebration would be complete in Sweden without dramatic bonfires on the West Coast, fireworks, witches and egg-painting, topped off with a seriously-good spread of local cuisine: pickled herring, cured salmon, Jansson’s Temptation (a traditional potato and fish bake) and spiced schnapps. Mark the occasion, Swedish-style, with this coastal break, perfect for the family:
Traditional Swedish Easter on the West Coast – from £98 pp at Strandflickorna, Lysekil
Experience Sweden’s Easter traditions for yourself by staying in the charming coastal town of Lysekil, where the Strandflickorna Hotel offers a special Easter family deal? Two nights’ B&B with Easter eggs and goodies on arrival, a three-course dinner at Brygghuset restaurant on the first night, entry to Havets Hus aquarium and Easter activities for the kids costs from £98 pp (1,240 SEK), two sharing. Available for stays between 27 March and 11 April. Call Strandflickorna on +46 523 79750 (www.strandflickorna.se).
Spring holiday ideas
City & Countryside weekend escape
I f you only have time for a weekend to explore West Sweden this spring, here’s the perfect combo, including both city and countryside. The trip commences in Fjällbacka – known for its quaint boathouses and stunning coastal villas – where you’ll stay at the charming Stora Hotellet Bryggan. The next day, you’ll experience a three-hour crayfish safari out at sea to blow away the cobwebs and then head to the bustling city of Gothenburg. Staying at the stylish Gothia Towers, enjoy half a day in this walking city, visiting the sights and enjoying the cultural, café and restaurant vibe. The weekend trip costs from £252 pp (3,200 SEK), two sharing, including two nights’ B&B, a crayfish safari, a light lunch and two dinners. Flights extra. Call Stora Hotellet Bryggan on +46 525 31003 (www.storahotelletbryggan.se).
Witness 10,000 dancing cranes
Witness the breathtaking display of 10,000 cranes dancing around Lake Hornborga (from mid-March to mid-April). The birds dance as part of their mating ritual, flying in from Spain to their traditional breeding grounds. Stay nearby in Hotel Andrum’s tree-houses, Seventh Heaven and Andrum, with private balconies for star-gazing and breakfast with sparkling wine hoisted up in a large basket every morning. A one-night stay costs from £59 pp (750 SEK), two sharing. Call +46 10 2245010(www.hornborga.com)
…and why not combine this with a tasting of delicious local cheeses?
Falbygdens Osteria combines a tour of Lake Hornborga’s dancing cranes with a tour of the renowned cheese region of Falbygden in Västergötland. For more than five generations, Falbygdens Osteria has been passionate about good quality cheese. After both tours, the restaurant will serve a delicious cheese buffet, and a ‘Cheese Host’ will also be at hand to teach guests all there is to know about the local cheeses, as well as cheeses from other parts of the world. The package costs from £31 pp (395 SEK) and includes guided tours, all transport, tasting sessions and the cheese buffet. Available for stays between 21 March and 19 April. Call +46 515 717230(www.falbygdensosteria.se).
A short break in Gothenburg and her archipelago – from £758 pp with Sunvil Discovery
There are few cities in the world enjoying a natural island playground on their doorstep. Gothenburg is one of the lucky ones, boasting an archipelago of some 8,000 islands, the closest within just 20 minutes of the city centre. This five-night itinerary offers time to experience the cultural attractions and shopping opportunities of Gothenburg, staying at the stylish Hotel Vanilla in the heart of the city. Then set off by tram to the charming Styrsö Skäret Guest House on the scenic island of Styrsö, to experience the region’s woodland, rocky granite coastline, pretty fishing villages and sailing harbours. Five nights’ B&B cost from £804 pp (10,223 SEK), two sharing, including flights (Heathrow), private transfers and a 48-hour Gothenburg Pass. Call Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk/discovery).
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