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.
Orust is one of the larger islands of Sweden's south western archipelago, and it's a fantastic place to stay while visiting some of the smaller islands. Beautiful scenery, gentle rolling landscapes, a fantastic coastline, some great hotels and restaurants, and a favourable climate to boot. I love it all year round but if you want a relaxing family holiday with great swimming spots and watersport opportunities then head there in summer. Bear in mind that Swedish kids go back to school in mid August and a lot of places open for the season will close then.
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