These beautiful islands, surrounded by a myriad of other tiny islands, just north of Gothenburg on Sweden's south west coast are so close you can virtually step from one to the other and yet are surprisingly different in landscape and even culture. Tjörn, the smaller of the two, is livelier and more cultural, with an internationally acclaimed Watercolour Art Gallery in Skärhamn and giant sculpture park in Pilane. Orust has yet to find its proper tourist mark but the landscape and stunning coastline more than make up for that lack. If live music is your thing then Slussens Pensionat, Sweden's Music Hotel, is well worth a visit. If you want a great place to cycle or kayak then the quiet roads and calm waters of this island make it ideal.
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