Destination of the week: Västervik
The Local · 7 Jul 2008, 16:48
Published: 07 Jul 2008 16:48 GMT+02:00
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Västervik lies in the south east of Sweden, on the coast of Kalmar county. Widening the frame of reference somewhat, it's in Småland.
The quick pitch
With over 5,000 islands in its archipelago, Västervik hosts one of Sweden's larger, but least exploited, island groups. It's an idyll for boat-lovers, from one day kayakers to hardcore sailors, with seven serviced guest harbours and numerous natural mooring points.
Where there are sailors there is food and drink, and Västervik is no exception: the coastline and islands are dotted with bars and restaurants serving fresh local produce.
The area also boasts Lysingsbadet, Sweden's largest purpose-built holiday complex.
In their own words
According to the local tourist office:
"If you have seen Astrid Lindgren’s stories on TV then you have seen Västervik. Fantastic Småland nature with leafy, green meadows and grazing cows. A small-town idyll."
And to cap it all, Västervik is one of the sunniest spots in Sweden.
If you're there on July 21st don't miss the arrival of the Brig Tre Kronor af Stockholm, a classic two-masted vessel based on an original 19th century navy cargo vessel.
By train with SJ (depending on connections and time of travel)
4-5 hours from Stockholm
6-7 hours from Gothenburg
5-6 hours from Malmö