A seaside oasis on the northern tip of Gotland

A seaside oasis on the northern tip of Gotland

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6 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Built in the 1930's, originally used by the military before and during WWII. We've turned it into a peaceful hideaway where kids roam free and the ocean and our secluded beach is only a short walk away. While being a haven of tranquility, northern Gotland is also full of lovely experiences as well as charming cafés and restaurants, beautiful beaches, the legendary islands of Fårö, Furillen, and Gotska Sandön etc.

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  1. We're a Swedish family with three boys living in Singapore.

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A few things to do in the area, starting with what’s closest - Prima Gård (very nice farm-café within walking distance), Bungenäs (cafe/bar/restaurant in old military camp/limestone quarry on the very northern tip of the island with amazing scenery, within bike or car distance), Bunge Museum is an amazing outdoor museum just after the church up by the main road, with old buildings sourced from all over Gotland in which you can see what life was like at Gotland in the old days, they also have a nice café.

Go swim in limestone quarries (Ar/Blue Lagoon/Kyllaj/Smöjen), Rute Stenugnsbageri (lovely bakery/café that’s unbearably popular, but since the Swedish schools have started when you arrive, you’ll have the place to yourselves…). I also recommend going to beach at Ar to watch the sunset if the weather is nice, they have public barbecue pits just above the beach, just bring some charcoal and something to barbecue and you’re in for a spectacular dinner show just for you as the sun sets.

Naturally, Fårö is a must see when you’re here, the car ferry from our closest village Fårösund only takes 15 minutes or so and this time of year you don’t have to worry about the crazy queues. Fårö means sheep’s island and is famous for it’s “Rauks”, the beautiful rock formations, particularly at Langhammars. In addition, it’s Ingmar Bergman’s island, he lived there and made several films there, and there’s now a museum close to where he lived, well worth a visit if you’re into cinema. Also, Fårö has amazing beaches, but the one to you should head for if the weather is nice is Norsta Auran, a beautiful long stretch of sandy beach, and on the way, you could pick up some cinnamon buns at Sylvi’s Döttrar, the legendary bakery. For lunch, you should try Kuten’s, a celebration of 1950’s Americana with a French Creperie…

Further south there are lots of other things to do, but of course I recommend spending some time in Visby, it’s one of our favourite cities in the world, walk along the beach between the city walls and the ocean, visit the botanical gardens, walk along the stunning city wall some more…eat very authentic and delicious Asian food at Surfers, eat fresh fish at Bakfickan on the city square, and if you haven’t had enough of pancakes, visit the Creperie & Logi. In addition, the Gotlands Museum is really interesting (from Viking-era to the Hansa, probably including some German history as well…). Otherwise, just walking around Visby (inside the walled part of the city) is a treat, we love going there all year round, maybe not so much in July when it’s really crowded but you’ve come at the perfect time.

Another thing north of Visby is the Lummelunda caves, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re not claustrophobic it’s pretty cool. I’m sure you’ll also notice the abundance of beautiful medieval churches, the island has 92 of them, created during a particularly rich period when Gotland was a trading hub. The list can be made much longer but do let us know if there’s anything else in particular you’d like to find out more about and I’m happy to send more info.

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