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Article: Varberg - Holidays on the west coast

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Varberg - Holidays on the west coast

Varberg is a charming coastal town located in Halland, south of Gothenburg. The city offers a variety of activities and attractions that attract both locals and tourists. Here are some highlights:

Varberg Fortress – This impressive fortress, built in the 13th century, is one of the city's most famous landmarks. The fortress offers a fascinating insight into the region's history and offers stunning views of the city and the sea.

Apelviken – Apelviken is a popular destination for both surfers and bathers. It is one of the best sandy beaches in Sweden and offers a charming small-town atmosphere. Apelviken is more than just a beach, it's a whole destination with camping, hotels, cabins, two restaurants, swimming pool and lots of activities. It is only one and a half kilometers from central Varberg, so you can easily cycle or walk to the square and the harbour.

Varbergs Kallbadhus – Varbergs Kallbadhus is a historic building that has existed since 1903. It is an impressive sight, offering a chance to take a dip in the water, a visit to the sauna or just enjoy a coffee in the café. It is an excellent photo opportunity in this scenic spot. The tradition of cold and hot baths goes back a long way in Varberg. Even if you don't want to swim, it's just as nice to just have a coffee and enjoy the architecture.

Getterön nature reserve - Getterön is a beautiful nature reserve that offers many different hiking trails and fantastic views of the sea. It is known as one of Northern Europe's best birding locations. The wetlands are a veritable eldorado for bird watchers and nature lovers.

Varberg Art Gallery – Varberg Art Gallery is a place where you can see many exciting exhibitions by both local and international artists. The art gallery is located in the heart of the city in a building called the Komedianten, and there is also space for a public library and a café.

Varbergs golf club - Varbergs golf club is a beautiful golf course located right by the sea. The club has two fantastic golf courses, East and West, and you can even live on the courses. Västra Banan has large greens and is in a nature with heath character. The eastern course is a beautiful forest and park course by the magical Grimsjön. The challenge here is small undulating greens and in places narrow from the tee.

Surfing – Varberg is known as one of the best surfing spots in Sweden, especially in Apelviken. Here you can rent surfboards and wetsuits, and there are also surfing lessons for both beginners and more experienced surfers. Apelviken is more than just a beach, it's a whole destination with camping, hotels, cabins, two restaurants, swimming pool and lots of activities. It is only one and a half kilometers from central Varberg, so you can easily cycle or walk to the square and the harbour.

Summer activities and events – Varberg is a lively town, especially during the summer months. There is a wealth of events and activities to enjoy, from concerts and music festivals to sporting events and cultural celebrations. You can find more information about upcoming events and activities on Varberg's official event calendar .

Skateboard parks - Varberg has several skateboard parks where both beginners and experienced skaters can practice their tricks. One of the most popular is Rödabergsparken, which has a variety of ramps, railings and other obstacles. There is also a smaller skateboard park at Påskbergsskolan, which is perfect for beginners.

In addition to these activities, Varberg also offers shopping and restaurants on Stora torget, Strandtorget, and a visit to Varberg's library. Varberg is a beautiful city with many different things to do, no matter what you are interested in.

Discover accommodation options in Varberg

Varberg, a charming coastal town in Halland, offers a variety of accommodation options for all types of travelers. From luxurious hotels like Varbergs Stadshotell & Asia Spa, to cozy hostels like Anna's Bed & Kitchen, and close-to-nature campsites like Naturum Getterön camping, there is something for every taste. Whether you are looking for a relaxing spa experience, a budget-friendly stay or an adventure in nature, you will find the perfect accommodation in Varberg.

Here are some accommodation options in Varberg:


  1. Varberg's City Hotel & Asia Spa
  2. Hotel Guest
  3. Clarion Collection Hotel Frigate


  1. Agrell's cabins and camping
  2. Naturum Getterön camping
  3. Lajet's Camping


  1. Varberg Hostel
  2. Anna's Bed & Kitchen
  3. Fortress Hostel

Excursion destinations nearby

Varberg, located on Sweden's west coast, is not only known for its beautiful beaches and historical sites, but also for its unique excursion destinations. These places offer a unique insight into the Halland lifestyle and culture. Here are some examples of excursion destinations you can explore:

  1. Strömma Farmlodge : Strömma Farmlodge is more than just a Bed & Breakfast. Here you will find a café, ice cream, an interior design shop, a farm shop, a restaurant and even concerts. It is a place where you can relax and enjoy the quiet rural environment.

  2. Öströö Fårfarm : Between Varberg, Ullared and Falkenberg lies Öströö Fårfarm, an organic farm that offers unique experiences such as lamb safaris and the opportunity to buy delicacies and handicrafts.

  3. Ästad Vingård : Ästad Vingård is an organic vineyard in Halland with Sinnenas Spa, Restaurant ÄNG and hotel rooms. Here you can enjoy a unique experience of wine, food, spa and nature.

Shopping and restaurants

Varberg offers a wide range of shopping opportunities and restaurants. Stora torget and Strandtorget are popular places for both shopping and food.

Here are some of my favorite restaurants:

  1. Frida's , Kärradal
  2. Hattaviken , Getterön
  3. Nami , center of Varberg
  4. Glou Glou , Varberg's harbour
  5. Majas Vid Havet , Apelviken
  6. Joels Brygga , Träslövsläge

Both Frida's and Maja's with their fantastic sea view, creative menu and perhaps the west coast's best live stages are restaurants you don't want to miss.


For those who love arts and crafts, Varberg offers a wide range of shops and workshops and art galleries. Hamnmagasinet is a popular choice, with a large number of workshops offering everything from arts to crafts.

Finally, don't forget to visit my own workshop located in Hamnmagasinet, PM Silversmedja . Here you will find a wide range of handmade silver jewellery, perfect as memories from your holiday in Varberg. Check out my "West Coast" collection below.

The jewelery collection - West Coast

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