Gothenburg and West Sweden
Island-hop Gothenburg's archipelago for swims and catching rays and be back in time to freshen up, put on your glad rags and hit the clubs and pubs of the Avenyn district? Only in Gothenburg. Worship fish and shellfish? Do it in Gothenburg’s Fish Church, or Feskekyrka food market and restaurant. Gothenburg is Sweden’s culinary capital and is jam-packed with fine eateries that don't cost the earth (literally). But if you prefer to spend your cash on a weekend rock-out, blow them on a ticket to the Way Out West music fest in the middle of August. Otherwise, the fantastic cafés, or the Swedish design and fashion boutiques of the cobblestoned Haga quarter would be delighted if you paid them a visit.
The Bohuslän coast and islands stretches from just outside Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast, all the way up to the Norwegian border. CNN Travel rightly named it as 'one of the ten great wilderness areas left in the world' particularly as a kayaking destination and let's just say that its mix of deserted islands and pretty coastal villages make it unique in Europe. You should go here for the lobster, oyster and other shellfish delights of the villages of Grebbestad, Fjällbacka and Lysekil, as well as safe kayaking among the sheltered isles.