Visby Off The Beaten Path

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    Visby Harbor
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    Faro Island
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    The wall from the inside
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    Stora Karlso Island

    by starship Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    Stora Karlso (sorry, again no grammatical accents could be added here) is a special island for several reasons, not the least of which is an amazing abundance of birds---razorbills, peregrin falcons, guillemots, etc. The island just off the west coast of Gotland, is also home to sheep, but it is the sea bird population which tends to attract the interest of bird fanciers especially in breeding season. In addition, there is a lighthouse and caves where Stone Age artifacts have been found.

    We didn't have time to the visit the island, but for those staying longer, the 40 minute boat ride from Klintehamn may be just the ticket. The island has only one restaurant and a small inn for overnight visitors. Come prepared with reservations for the inn. It wouldn't hurt to bring food as well. It would be best to do some internet research to check for updated information (if any) on accommodations, restaurants, attractions, seasonal activities etc.

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    The Island of Faro

    by starship Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    Faro Island

    The small island of Faro (sorry the gramatical accents are missing) is just across a narrow channel at the northern tip of Gotland. A ferry ride of less than 10 minutes across the Farosund brings you to this island where time has stood still. It is an island of undisturbed beauty with 17th century farmsteads and cottages. Sheep are more plentiful than people here. Sheep and people lead a peaceful life, and the pace of life is even more leisurely than the relatively bustling Visby.

    If you are considering going to Faro, contact the Visby Tourist Office for ferry information and availability of accommodations.

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  • Visby Harbor

    by peach93 Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Visby Harbor

    If you visit Visby you will most likely arrive there by boat. The harbor is small, but very picturesque. There are a number of cafés and restaurants nearby where you can sit with a view of the water as well as a few places to rent bicycles.

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    Gröna Gården

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 14, 2007

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    A great place which I could also have put under "restaurants" but prefer to put here for the reason that you stop here when you see the lovely setting rather than the menu and it is a great break on a cycle trip along the northern coast from Visby. The cafe consists of a hole in the wall in the farm outhouse, and here you have sandwiches and cakes, local saffron pancake, coffees, lemonade and ice cream. Perfect when you need to boost your system after som biking. The only thing disturbing the peace in the green garden is children playing and since the garden is big, they can do so without being a nuisance, whilst you relax in the sun. There are some parrots and sheep on the farm, and far away you can make out the sea behind the coastal meadows. This really is the sort of place I wish I lived in. At least summertime. Head for Själsö and drive on past its harbour.

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    Själsö Hamn

    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    About 8 kilometres north of Visby is this pretty little harbour with its old fisherman's huts where you can sometimes stumble upon someone selling their catch. If not, you might want to time the sunset instead. You come across Själsö if you bike along the Gotland trail northwards and it is also signposted from the main road 149.

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    Bro

    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    I have only passed this village by bus so I have no photos, but just about 10 kilometres north-east of Visby, along the Fårösund road, you find this amazing place. First you come across a huge cairn (stone mound) where some local chieftain has his final resting place. Then you arrive at the village itself where the old medieval church has both a stone arch and one of the famous Gotland picture stones with a "whirl" to look at, not to mention several other standing stones as well as Gotland legends. I will definately return here and that's a promise. When dealing with Bro, you have to know that you can get turned to stone if you break your promises.

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    The city wall from the inside

    by vec Written Jan 25, 2004

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    The wall from the inside

    On the northeast section of the city wall you can watch the city wall from the inside. You climb steep stairs and come to this room on the top of one of the towers from where one of the gates was operated.

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    Rock Statues

    by CharleneP Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the rocks look like a dragon.

    Near the Suderhälsan Health Spa, along the beach there is alot of rock statues in different shapes. All natural. A Must See!
    From Hamra drive towards Burgsvik, if you pass the Suderhälsan Spa drive along the seafront.

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    The old firestation

    by vec Written Nov 9, 2003

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    The old firestation in Visby

    Outside the main streets in the north of the town inside the walls you can find this old firestation (Brandstation), maybe worth a visit just because of the architecture.

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