Exploring Sweden’s Marstrand Island & Why It’s a Great Escape

Marstrand, Sweden

Warm, sunny days are a precious commodity in Sweden, which is why the summer months are treasured like the precious gift they are. That is the time of year when many in Sweden flock to the coasts, rent a house or apartment and just relax with the gulls and steady breezes their only companion. One of the most popular of these islands is Marstrand, and even though I was there in the off-season I quickly understood its appeal.

Even though Marstrand has been welcoming urban dwellers for decades, it has a much longer history as the castle perched high on top of a hill indicates. Carlsten fortress is a 17th century castle that served as protection during the many on and off again turf battles with neighbors. Today the castle and the classic buildings found around the island make it a relaxing and picturesque retreat.

I was in Sweden as part of the Car Plus Vacation promotion, highlighting Volvo’s program that allows overseas buyers to receive complimentary tickets to Sweden and to drive their new car around before Volvo ships it home for them. They’re also running a sweepstakes right now that will give one lucky winner and guest the opportunity to experience the Swedish Road Trip of a Life Time just like I did. Even though Swedish Tourism and Volvo sponsored this trip, all opinions are of course my own and as you’ll see I had carte blanche in how I experienced Sweden.

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By: Matt Long

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3 Responses

  1. Dean

    Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place. I had never even heard of it.

  2. Spencer

    I loved Marstrand when I went there. It is such a beautiful, clean and friendly place. The food I had there was amazing too. Would love to go back one day.

  3. NullnFull

    Although I visit Sweden every year I have never visited this town. I really like these colorful houses. In a sunny day it must be a charming place! THX for sharing.


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