Öland, Sweden
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One of the most obvious reasons to visit Sweden, except attractive Stockholm, is the variety of destinations, equally interesting and exciting, which are close to the capital city. Therefore, some alternative to overwhelming city sightseeing is easy to find, while touring to this Scandinavian land. Öland, once a resort adored by Swedish royalty, is in very deed an exceptional choice, which at present is ranked among top family travel destinations in Sweden.

One of the key attractions of the area is long-stretching coastline. There are many scenic and pristine beaches, where white sands contrast with the dark waters of the Baltic Sea. The total length of the beach areas is 280 km. Certainly, there a variety of traditional beach activities are presented, from volleyball to jumping from the towers and banana boat. The peculiar leisure activity among locals is surfing, as the wind and coastal waves are the best friends of the sport.

Marine landscapes are perfectly supplemented by charming nature around. Green and dense vegetation, pierced with vast wetlands, cannot but provide great opportunities for hiking and backpacking excursions into the wild. An important thing to note is that local flower fields are an amazing sighting to get impressed with; in Öland’s southern part there is plain called Stora Alvaret, which is native to more than 30 species of orchids, sand lilies, primroses, bloodroots and violets. The view is pretty much stunning! The north, on the contrary, is the land of mighty and sometimes creepy-looking pinetrees, often compared to monsters from fairy tales. Apparently, this is the very reason of why local Swedes nicknamed this area The Trolls’ Wood!

As one could guess, Öland was also subjected to historical events, probably, as most of Swedish territory. A number of tourist attractions are concentrated in the local capital of Borgholm. Here you can see the ruins of the castle, which burned down in 1806, and has not been ever since. Near the capital there is also the royal residence, where every summer Swedish monarchs paid a visit to. This palace was built by Queen Victoria is a solid Italian style, with a beautiful park set around, as well as organized reserve on the site, which was used as royal hunting grounds.

Borgholm, and the rest of Öland, welcomes guests annually, as fests’ period starts out. In practice, it is associated with Midsummer celebrations, or St. John's Day. Main activities are organized in the southern part of the island, near the same-named lighthouse. In late September, Öland residents and guests from all over Sweden celebrate holidays of a big harvest. Within a few days festivities continue with competitions, fairs and festivals, while the traditional entertainment at this time is the "Night of Art" and weighing the biggest pumpkin from the local harvest.


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