Öland is joined to the Swedish mainland by the 6 km-long Ölandsbron (road bridge) from the city of Kalmar in the south of the country.
Öland is a favourite summer holiday destination for Swedish families who rent cottages or stay at one of the 25 well-run campsites or holiday villages on the island. There is also a good choice of holiday cabins, cottages and chalets.
Expect sun, sea, long white sandy beaches and bundles of family activities. In fact the Swedish Royal Family holiday here every summer, and stay at Solliden. You should pay this white Italian country house-style palace a visit too.
Standout attractions on Öland include Borgholms Castle, a beautiful castle ruin with loads of kid’s activities June- August. For hands-on activities go to Eketorp Fortress, a rebuilt ancient fort, and do some forging and pole pillow fighting. In the south of the island you can go ancient at the Gettlinge burial ground, or visit UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Stora Alvaret’ - a giant limestone plateau with a unique biodiversity and pre-history. If giant limestone plateaus don’t do it for you try Ölands Animal and Amusement Park for 160 species of animal, a corking amusement park and features a water park and ‘Pirate Park’.