To many outside Sweden this is secret Scandinavia, and long may
that last- it's an area made special by its wide open spaces
inhabited by a small population, the downright beautiful scenery
and the range of wholesome activities on offer. Add in enough
culinary highlights to sate the appetite of the most demanding of
gastronauts and this is perfect Big Short Break country.
The elegant and friendly city of Gothenburg is the gateway to
the region and worth at least a day's exploration, either on foot
or by bike. By night the place has a fun atmosphere as this is a
big student town, and there's the chance to eat at one of four
Michelin-starred restaurants and many other excellent eateries.
There are increasingly regular flights from the UK so the city
is a plausible weekend break in it's own right but we would
definitely recommend extending the holiday a couple of days in
order to explore the islands and inlets of the Bohuslän coastal
There are several excellent boutique properties in the tiny and
colourful clapboard communities hugging the shoreline, and this is
the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors, either on walks or
on the water messing about in boats or by kayak. The coastal waters
are warm in summer, and with no strong currents and no tidal
waters, this really is the perfect place to paddle.
Even better, the culinary exploration continues beyond
Gothenburg, and the tourist board has created Taste of West Sweden
a list of the 25 best places to eat (and sometimes stay) in the
region, many of which are far from the city. The west coast's
shellfish, such as lobster and oysters, are among the best in the
world, and we can arrange hands-on experiences such as seafood
We can arrange lobster safaris where you sail along the stunning
coast with a skipper, helping to haul up and reset the pots; learn
how to prepare and cook lobsters and then sample the catch, perhaps
after enjoying a drink in the outdoor hot tub. Crayfish is a
particular speciality in August before lobster season starts in
late September when the weather should still be pretty nice.