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Borgholm Castle, Öland
Borgholm Castle dates back to the 17th century and is a popular tourist destination with a museum, art exhibitions, guided tours and even concerts.
Photo credit: Magnus Franzén/Ölands Turismorganisation

Öland

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’.

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Biking on Öland

Sweden is great for biking as there are plenty of car free bike trails all over the country, and it is an excellent way to get close to nature. The long winding country roads on the island of Öland are any bikers dream. Travel through lush greenery, by long beaches or between the many historical landmarks.

Photo: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se

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Biking on Öland

Photo: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se

Byrums raukar, Öland

Photo: Alexander Hall/Ölands Turismorgainsation

The World Heritage of Öland

Photo: Alexander Hall/Destination Småland

Byrums raukar, Öland

Photo: Alexander Hall/Ölands Turismorganisation

Borgholm Castle, Öland

Photo: Borgholms slott

Windmills in Öland

Photo: Öland Turistbyrå

Kroppkaka

Photo: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se