One of Gotland's many old churches, this is not by any means the nicest or most interesting, but still merits a stop if you are interested in history and architecture. To me, it looks a bit like the church in German Boppard but with a single spire. Not surprising on this Hanseatic island with its German influences. The church is an early 13th century one but there are foundations from a 12th century building underneath it and it is thought that the tower was built on these foundations before the rest of the church. The interior is 17-18th century but has lots of artefacts from medieval days such as a a 12th century font and a Madonna as well as an image of St Olav, the Norwegian saint who is said to have brought christianity to Gotland.
If you enjoy pretty churches, don't do what we do and miss Gnisvärd's little fishing chapel nearby.
Gotland's largest ship setting (47 metres long) was one of the main reasons for us to turn off the main path and follow the Gotland cycle trail down to the sea. You find it along the northern road to the village so it is impossible to miss. Built during the Bronze Age, that is from B.C. 1800-400 in Sweden, it is probably a grave. Whatever its details, we know that the ship of course was very important to people on an island so there are 350 such settings on Gotland and 50 metres away is a smaller one. Closer to Gnisvärd itself there is yet another one as well as a runestone. Near this big one there is also an ancient burial mound just across the main road, and some other stones in the forest beyond the setting. This is a land with a history :)
Down by the sea in Gnisvärd is this converted barn which now holds the local cafe and pub run by a friendly family from Östergötland on the mainland (and therefore probably open summertime only). On a good day you can sit in the garden and watch the sunset. You can also look for fossils across the road. If not, indoors is basic wooden no frills design but still cosy on a rainy day. They also have a widescreen TV for big sports events. Food here is comfort style burgers and such, with a Gotland touch here and there. A place I would definately spend a lot of time in if I was a local.
Favorite Dish: Gotland beef carpaccio with homemade potato salad.
Tofta is one of Gotland's most famous beaches and its campsite (see link below) is always full of caravans to testify to this. I found I had expected more since it has such a reputation, but don't let that stop you from coming here to swim, especially with children. I just happen to be spoilt living in Scania with its broader and longer beaches.
There are some restaurants near the campsite and at the other end of the beach is a hotel serving some food as well as a kiosk on the beach. Moreover, there is minigolf and other typical beach activities and if you are a teenager, Tofta is reputedly the beach to meet at before others. In the northern end, towards Gnisvärd is a nature reserve with old pine trees and the whole area just behind the beach itself is a popular summer house district.
Tofta beach can get quite windy and is one of the better beaches for surfing and other beach activities.