Follow along with my magical stay in Sweden and perhaps you’ll want to plan a trip just like it! I’d go back in an instant – it was so fun and beautiful!
If you are looking for the picture-perfect weekend getaway in Sweden, the colorful and charming coastal town of Lysekil is the perfect destination!
We drove our Volvo up the scenic west coast of Sweden and found ourselves at Strandflickorna, a turn-of-the-century hotel quietly nestled on the shore of the North Sea. I loved every minute of our stay here.
How cute is this little day bed in our sweet room?
If you book a night at Strandflickorna, be sure to request room 20… (They can push the beds together if you’re a couple! ;))
It has the best view in the house from it’s own huge private balcony!
There were chairs and a little table on our private deck, the perfect spot for reading, drinking coffee, and relaxation in paradise, with nothing but the sea and trees as your view.
After settling into the hotel, we walked down to the nearby harbor and took a short ferry ride over to the postcard-picturesque community of Fiskebäckskil (Fisk-ah-bok-sheil).
This lovely village by the sea is the perfect spot for spending an afternoon just walking and wandering, gawking at the beautiful homes, colorful boat houses and picture-perfect sea villas.
It was honestly one of the cutest neighborhoods I have ever seen.
How sweet is this little sunroom?? I would sit out here all day.
We wandered through the narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorful homes while making our way up the trail to the windmill. Gorgeous views were everywhere we turned. Do you see the little anchor nestled on the rock in the left corner of the photo above? I can’t even with the cuteness of this town.
We climbed to the top of the hill…
And were rewarded with a sweeping view over the whole area, including the colorful homes Fiskebäckskil and looking back across the sea to Lysekil. That tiny tall point way off in the distance is the church steeple from the first photo in this post.
When it was time to say goodbye, we took the ferry back to Lysekil. The weather was perfect and we stayed out on the deck the entire ride, just taking in the beauty of the Swedish coast.
Fiskebäckskil is seriously one of the cutest and most colorful places I’ve ever been!
The ferry cruised past the beautiful church we saw in the distance. Love this architecture.
That afternoon we were in for another treat as we walked among the striking pink granite rocks in the beautiful nature reserve (Stångehvud) located right behind the Strandflickorna.
Trying The Best Swedish Food
Not only was the Strandflickorna a bed and breakfast, they also offered dinner in their gorgeous dining room. After a full day walking around the islands, it was so nice to be able to just come downstairs for dinner in this beautiful sun room.
You guys. I will never forget the focaccia they served at Strandflickorna in Lysekil, Sweden. This was honestly THE best focaccia I have ever had. I would hop on a plane back to Sweden right this instant for a piece of this bread. If you are planning a trip to Sweden, you MUST put this on your list!! :)
Dessert was fresh strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream.
After dinner we explored the courtyard behind the dining room. There were several little private areas of tables and chairs set up, surrounded by trees and rock walls, for quiet outdoor dining or relaxing.
The backyard of Strandflickorna has the best view in the whole town. There’s a short flight of stairs leading up to a overlook surrounded by a short, round rock wall. Sit at the table and chairs in your secluded tower and take in this view at sunset.
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My husband and I go to Europe every year, for two weeks. We have been to many of the places you have mentioned….however there are many that are new to us. Do you have a guide and if so is it a private person or with a tour group? We are not into tours and do all our own research and then map out our days. I would love to see many of the places you mention, including the wall of pink granite. Thanks for your great posts. We just got back from a visit to Normandy, France, Bruges, Belgium, Lucerne, Switzerland and Nuremberg & Berlin. I think I know where I want to go back to next year!!
Wonderful Photos – I am “Made in America with 100% Swedish parts”; Dad from Smaland & Mom’s family from Varmland. LUV this wonderful country, 4 visits there as relatives are many. Settled in MN first, then went to WA; many were Apple Growers in Yakima Valley. LUV Scandinavia!!
Went there in Fall/2012 after picking up our 1st Volvo. We went to a park overlooking the water. Don’t you think the Swedes are as friendly as southerners?
What a beautiful place. Always wanted to go being that my Grandparents came from Stockholm at 16. Remember many stories.
Looks like you and Stephanie had the time of your lives! What a beautiful place!
I can’t believe all the colours, they are amazing! What a fantastic trip.
Wow, what a rough life you lead. (-;
Once again I am blown away by the colors, they are magical! I have never heard of pink granite before, it is fascinating and I bet it would be beautiful to photograph at the golden hour.
I had no idea Sweden had so many beautiful sites! I’d love to visit someday!
That was heavenly!!
What beautiful pictures! I would love to visit !!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful places you visit.
Sweden just looks incredibly bright and cheerful! I mean my GOODNESS. Put me on a plane right now! :)
Sweden has always been on my travel bucket list and your gorgeous photos have just reminded me why. What a fantastic adventure!
I will admit I really did not know much about Sweden before reading your post. It’s is spectacularly beautiful and I feel like I’ve just taken an ‘armchair vacation’ reading this. I also love, love, love what Volvo does for new buyers! I think that is so exciting and makes me think maybe our next family car needs to be a Volvo!
I’ve been watching Welcome to Sweden on NBC, and I have become obsessed with Sweden! These photos confirm it. Dear Volvo, I’m coming for you! :)
Those views are so pretty! Oh and that little anchor, oh my word and that focaccia! I wish I was staying there this weekend!
How amazing! I love the view from the deck. It all looks like a fairy tale. If it wasn’t for cold winters I would want to live there.
Wow. Wow. And WOW. Amanda these photos are amazing! I want to go to Sweden more badly with each one of your posts! Thank you for sharing! What an incredible trip you had!!! â¤ï¸