The bus to here takes about an hour. You'd love the scenery as you approach the water & see all the boats, etc.
Next, you jump onto a ferry (using that same 24-hour ticket) to cross over to the 'protected' island, where no cars are allowed.
You can wander around the quaint, pretty streets, admire the local shops & restaurants, and make your way towards the Castle.
Marstrand is a wonderful place where to spend a sunny day just outside Goteborg. You just have to drive northern, following the direction, and you'll arrive to a very pictoresque little harbour where you have to park (in Marstrand no cars are allowed) and take the ferry, which will bring you on the other side in a couple of minutes. I dont remember a parking upon payment but anyway I suggest you to arrive quite soon in the morning because, otherwise, it could be very very crowded. Beaches are few and very narrow (but better not to ask comments on Swedish beached to an Italian) but, after a stop in the nice tourist information, you can take a walking path, visit the village and its artcraft shops or just relax in the several cafè. If you go there in the last ten days before school opening (about Aug. 20) many shops will try to sell as much as possible and you'll find a lot of extraordinary sales.
Marstrand is a small picturesque town on an island. On top of the island is Carlsten Fortress. The town is a sailingmetropol and summertime it is well visited by tourists.
You can easily make a daytrip to Marstrand from Göteborg as there are regular buses daily from central Göteborg. In summertime you can also take a ferry from Lilla Bommen (in the harbour).
It was my second last day in Sweden, and I wanted to take my last chance to go somewhere and see something.. we decided to take a bus to Marstrand, which is quite known touristresort here. It´s a little town in an island just an hour away from Göteborg. First I wasn´t too excited, I knew there was a fortress there, lots of tourists, beachrestaurants, -cafes etc.. not my thing really. But once we walked away from all the buildings and got into the forest and the rocks -I was so happy that I came.
If you go there(you really should), when arriving with the ferry, start walking to your right, along the shore -around the island. After a while you´ll come to the start of the little path which goes into the forest. Follow the path and the little wooden signs along it. It´s beautiful there. Once you get out from the forest you´ll come to these endless bare cliffs. You can swim, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the nature. If you want to go around the whole island, following the path, it´ll take you about an hour. It´s a 5 kilometer walk.
I don´t know weather this place appiels to me ´cause I´m a scandinavian, but the forest was like walking in a ferrytale and the cliffs were straight from Astrid Lindgren´s world..or maybe Enid Blyton´s.
If you´re in Sweden -This is the place to see!