• Luana Soares

Summer in Sweden: Visit Marstrand

Summer is here and there is so many incredible places to visit in Sweden. 'Hemester' or 'Svemester' as people are saying, right now when travel to outside the country feels unsafe, let's take it as the best opportunity to find out new places & cities in Sweden. There is so much to see and the landscapes changes completely north to south.

So I decided to travel back to the West Coast, last year I spent some days in Gullholmen and I liked it so much that I was counting the days to come back to this part of Sweden.

If you are looking for a good summer tip you should definitely visit Marstrand, is a seaside locality situated in Kungälv Municipality in Västra Götaland County. It has around 1,500 and the town got its name from its location on the island Marstrandsön. Marstrand is, despite its small population, for historical reasons often still referred to as a city and it's know by Sweden's sailing capital. Marstrand it's located exactly where the archipelago ends and the open sea starts.

A lot of people knows Marstrand because every year they have a big sailing competition and sailors from all around the world comes here!

But Marstrand isn’t just about sailing. It’s also an island for lovely day trips (if you are for example in Gothenburg or in any city around) it's perfect for a day trip but I highly recommend you to stay some days, at least two-three days just so you can enjoy everything this place has to offer. I could easily stay more than a week here, just to relax and live a bit more to enjoy swimming in different parts, trekking, watch the boats in the harbour, have an ice cream, shop, fika, eat in different restaurants and much much more.

How to get there:

I started my trip in Stockholm, I took an express train to Gothenburg (with MTR Express train, which takes around 3,5 hours - I paid around 500 sek for the train ticket), then a bus from the central station (around 70 sek for the adult ticket and the bus takes around 40-50 minutes to arrive at Marstrand). You can also take a car, the hotel Marstrand Havshotell has a parking lot available.

Where to stay:

Book yourself a stay at Marstrand Havshotell, because the hotel makes totally part of your best experience. Just by the hotel you have a super good restaurant, amazing SPA and just around the corner there is a swimming place and the ferry to cross to the main island it's less than 3 minutes walk (also the bus if you are taking a bus from Gothenburg).

Marstrand Havshotell it's now one of my favourite hotels in Sweden, because of the lovely staff, the location, the design and the amazing food. It got 5 stars from my side, had absolutely nothing to complain about it

Plus, are you feeling fancy? Book their Marstrand suite, it's just fabulous and it has a hammock bathtub. I just loved the design and how the modern suits every single corner of Marstrand, the decoration is inspired by the archipelagos and colours of Bohuslän.

Marstrand Havshotell SPA:

One of my favourite part of this whole trip was definitely to chill and enjoy Marstrands Hotel SPA. They have everything you need as indoor pools, mediation pool, massage jacuzzi, relaxation rooms and also outdoor pools and a floating sauna where you can swim in the salt water. We went to the SPA everyday during our stay and it's for sure a must while in Marstrand.

Me and little sis!

Isa and Fanny

Where to eat:

Otto's Kök - the food is FANTASTIC! As they say, you can't leave the west coast without a properly seafood meal. I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant and the staff, they also have an amazing view from Marstrand main island, so if you want to have a great view of the fortress and the island, you should definitely book a table over there. The restaurant it's part of the Marstrand Havshotell.

Tip: ask the bartender for the drink of the day!

Starter: Whitefish roe on toast: butter fried why bread/ red onion/ soured cream/ lemon

Cured Fried Back of Saith: sandefjord sauce w. trout roe/ green asparagus/ potatoes

- Isa had baked ling: summer primeurs/ prawns/ seafood sauce/ chive aioli

Day two: 1/2 kilo crayfish: fished locally/ sourdough bread/ aioli

spicy fennel cured cod: pickled kohlrabi/ whitefish roe/ cold pressed rapeseed oil/ chives/ toasted Swedish mature cheese (Svecia) as starters.

Island vibes outfit inspo / click on items to shop

Fika paus/ Coffee break at Bergs Konditori, make sure you don't miss it because it was highly recommended from each local we met. It was delicious, we had some pastries and coffee break after a day walking around.

For drinks:

Johans Krog - We had some beers with friends and this place is super cozy, also recommended if you fancy a drink.

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Grand Hotel - for either food or just to grab a drink at the bar.

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Fish & chips from their street market at the harbor, I promise you will never regret it!

Grab a beer or drink at any of the harbor restaurants and just sit and watch the boats at the harbor.

Plus tip: Don't forget to get an ice cream from Lejonet & Björnen Marstrand, they are a famous ice cream makers from Gothenburg and to be very honest, one of my favourites!

What to do:

There is so many nice things to do in the 'city' like take the ferry to the main island. It takes less than 3 minutes, the ferry just literally cross to the other side and it leaves every 15 minutes (and every half hour after midnight). The ferry costs around 30 sek and you just pay for the ticket to go (it's for free the way back).

So once you crossed to the other side:

Visit Carlsten Fortress - at the top of the island sits Carlstens Fortress. In more than 300 years, the formidable security guard protected the little wooden town below. Today, it is a compelling experience to visit, it's just fascinating to visit and see how well preserved the place is and the history behind it's just incredible! You will learn about some of the island characters as Lasse-Maja, a thief who went to prison there and became the biggest character of the island.

The ticket costs 100 sek and it's super worth it, we spent hours strolling around and reading about the fortress. By the time the fortress was one of the most importants in Europe!

They also have a waffle café, so after a few hours walking around make sure to get a cup of coffee and one of their famous waffles with strawberry jam and cream.

Walk around the island, grab an ice cream and discover different houses and new things on the way. There is a couple of cute shops and restaurants around the harbor, just grab a coffee or ice cream and stroll around. You will for sure spot many cute houses and places that you want to come back.

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Strandverket Konsthall - art gallery mainly for photography and sculpture but also for painting, glass and design. Super worth the visit, you will see good exhibition and get to know amazing Swedish Designers.

They have a bistro as well if you are craving for good food and there is also a shop with selected design products, exhibition catalogs, posters, art books and more.

Read more here.

Some postcards from Marstrand:

Me and little sister had a lovely time in Marstrand and we can't wait to be back. It was for sure one of the best 'summer' places I have visited in Sweden and I highly recommend a visit. If you have any question about Marstrand don't hesitate to write a comment here and I'll be happy to help out.

With love,


*AD post: The stay at Marstrand Havshotell was a sponsored stay and I would like to let you know that every single word on this post it's my truly opinion and I just recommend and write about experiences I truly like.

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