What shall we do today?
Of course we want you to spend time here; swim, saunter around and just enjoy camping life. Gather the neighbours for a spontaneous game of rounders and simply feel good. That’s what we’re here for. But we also hope you take the opportunity to explore all the fantastic things there are to do in the area. It’s hard to believe, we know – but you can actually get tired of lying on the beach. And then all the other stuff is right next door or a short journey away. Here’s some of “all the other stuff” we think you should do. Near and far. Think we’ve forgotten something? Of course we have – there isn’t room for it all here.
Visiting Äskhult is like going back in time. Discover what it was like to live in a farming village before the land reforms in the 1800s. The oldest buildings are from the beginning of the 1600s but the first inhabitants of the area arrived as far back as 2700 years ago. Hear the stories of the people who once lived here. Round off the trip with a fika in Bengt’s coffee shop.
Näsbokrok is where the sea meets Halland’s rocky shoreline. The landscapes here were formed by the ice sheets, and nestled between the rocks are little coastal meadows and heather heaths. Many rare plants grow here, like green strawberry, sea wormwood and lesser water-plantain. History lovers can explore the Bronze Age cairn. The just under 1.5 km circular walk round part of Näsbokrok is easy to get along and suitable for prams or anyone who has difficulty walking. Take a picnic and enjoy the sea view!
Right between Gothenburg and Varberg. Close to both. And to stunningly beautiful landscapes heading inland just a few kilometres away. With the E6 motorway that gets you quickly and easily along the whole of the west coast. Åsa is perfect for day trips; you’ll fit in prawns on Smögen’s boardwalk, a walk round Marstrand and still be back in time for an evening dip. Or go south and take a day trip to Helsingør and Louisana in Denmark if you want. Nearer to home have breakfast at cosy Idala farm bakery, shop all day at Ullared and then pack a picnic basket and cycle to Näsbokrok to see the sun go down behind Nidingen. Magical. Or a real adventure outing with the kids; first the Ice Age at Fjärås Bräcka, then watch the 65 metre Ramhultafallet waterfall flow down into Lake Lygnern and finally let your imagination go wild at Borrås Skåra.
It’s not a question of what to do but whether you’ve booked enough nights to do it all.
Foto: Nina Magnusson
In the middle of Kungsbacka you’ll find Kungsmässan, with 90 shops, cafes and restaurants. A shopping centre that has been awarded Sweden’s Best City Mall for four years in a row. Generous opening times, convenient parking and if you don’t want to take the car, just 150m from Kungsbacka station, easily reached by both train or bus.
Varberg is much more than a fortress. If you’ve been to see the Bocksten Bog Man we definitely think you should head out to Bocksten Bog and look at where he was found. Creepy and fascinating at the same time. While you’re in the Åkulla Beech Forest, admire the fantastic view from Hiaklitten, and then you’re not far from Öströö Sheep Farm, with lamb safaris, farm shop and lovely cafe. If it’s lunch time we suggest Joels Brygga in Läjet, or to give it its proper name that no one here uses, Träslövsläge. On the way back stop at Apelviken and try and get a table at Brittas Strandveranda – it’s often full – and drink in the atmosphere and the surf culture. Have a stroll around, in the harbour, round Sociéten, and swing by the square. It’s always full of people who, like you, are happy to take the evening as it comes.
Possibly Sweden’s most unusual castle. In 1904 this lavish Art Nouveau building was completed. However its owner, Dickson, died during its construction and never got to see his fairy tale castle finished. His wife Blanche, who completed the building work, also had a little village with workers’ cottages and its own chapel built around the castle. Walk around the castle gardens or do a spot of geocaching.
Halland is packed with exciting, well stocked farm shops, and there’s a wide choice around Åsa. How about horseradish from the Marieberg farm shop in Fjärås, or lamb and pork from Hamra Gård? If sweet things like ice cream or marzipan are your cup of tea head to Bräutigams in Fjärås.
The bräcka, as we’ve said, is a huge moraine ridge which rises 60 metres over Halland’s coastal plain. For a long time, the ridge was the only passable route between north and south Halland, like a land bridge between Lake Lygnern on the one side and the sea on the other. The ridge itself is part of the Kungsleden, which was until the middle ages the main route between Copenhagen and Kristiania (which is now called Oslo). The ridge is an impressive experience for all ages. On the western slope lies the Li burial ground, with over one hundred standing stones from the Viking era. And we haven’t even mentioned the view or the Naturum visitor centre yet.