and Öland are Sweden’s largest islands,
located off the southeast coast in the Baltic Sea. There is more
sunshine here than elsewhere, making it a favourite summer holiday
spot with the Swedes, so as a result, the beaches are quite crowded.
The islands are of particular interest to botanists
and ornithologists and there is a wealth of historic sites, there
are Bronze, Stone and Iron Age sites on both islands.
Many ferries serve both islands and daily coach trips are available
to Öland over one of Europe’s longest bridges, which
starts just outside Kalmar on the mainland. Bicycles can be hired
on the islands.
Gotland contains the Lummelunda Caves with their
spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and a conserved medieval
town at Kattlundsgård. Visby is the main town of Gotland.
The royal summer residence at Solliden, Borgholm Castle exists on
Öland, which is a restored medieval church at Gärdslösa,
a recently excavated equipped village at Eketorp, and many Viking
stones and local windmills. Borgholm is the main town of Öland.