SWEDISH AR­CHI­PEL­AGO HOLDS THE KEYS

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The clus­ter of car-free is­lands that make up Gothen­burg’s south­ern ar­chi­pel­ago are Swe­den’s an­swer to the Florida Keys (be­low). While you won’t find any Ernest Hem­ing­way ref­er­ences, the area’s quaint vil­lages, ac­tive fish­ing har­bours, se­cluded wood­land and abun­dance of flora and fauna cer­tainly pro­vide much to write home about. A 15-minute ferry ride from the bright lights of Gothen­burg city, this is a much-loved es­cape des­ti­na­tion for is­land-bound Swedish day trip­pers dur­ing the sum­mer months. The nat­u­ral beauty of these gran­ite is­lands is the main at­trac­tion with sandy beaches to lie on, bird sanc­tu­ar­ies that are an or­nithol­o­gist’s dream, fish­ing and sail­ing ex­cur­sions aplenty and an ac­tive cal­en­dar of cul­tural events in com­mu­ni­ties that come with pave­ment cafes, an­tique shops and cy­cle hire stores. Hop on a bike to ex­plore the larger is­lands of Brännö, Donsö Styrsö and Vrångö and eat al fresco on the pier at Is­bo­laget sum­mer restau­rant in Donsö or see more of the ar­chi­pel­ago aboard the M/S Carl Michael Bell­man with a smörgås­bord of her­rings, meat­balls, cheese and other tra­di­tional dishes. Stay overnight in one of Brännö Varv Bed & Break­fast’s mar­itime themed rooms over­look­ing the har­bour (from Dh550). Get­ting there: Fly into Gothen­burg air­port from Euro­pean hubs, or take a direct train from Copen­hagen Air­port.

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