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Around Käringön there are the following places that are all worth visiting. I try to include at least one or two every time I return to the West Coast:
Hällevikstrand: A quiet little village, maybe mainly known for its ferry to Käringön. It is worth while though to wander into some of the small winding streets and enjoy the view of the colourful houses clinging to the rocks and their romantic tiny gardens. Please do not forgot to cross the tiny bridge where you can climb up on the rocks on the other side and have a gorgeous view over the village and the little boat houses at the harbour.
Stocken: one of the quieter villages in the area. It is my favourite spot to stay though as they have some great accomodation alternatives. When there, don't forget to drop by at the local fish store, where they have an excellent selection of local fish. Perfect for on the grill! The evenings should be spend on the rocky shores where the sunsets are often breathtaking. While sipping on a cold glass of wine this makes for an excellent end of the day.
Gullholmen: absolutely gorgeous little fishing village, one of my favourites! I can walk around here endlessly and keep on clicking my camera forever with all the picturesque little houses and views. To the south is Hermansö, which is for the main part a nature reserve, and an excellent place to hike and enjoy the typical landscape of the west coast.
Mollösund; south of the villages mentioned above. Wonderful to sit here on the pier, 10 yards from the main "touristy sea highway", watching hundreds of sailing boats passing in an hour, sipping a cold drink. Also a great location to enjoy lunch or dinner. Mollösund is also the place where the Schooner Mathilda organizes several tours during the summer and gives you a chance to see the wonderful achipelago from a sailing boat (absolutely worth it!)
And if you would like to venture a bit further I can also recommend Marstrand: Marstrand seems to be a place that has it all: a cosy quay with colourful wooden houses, a fortress from the 17th century, wonderful rocky cliffs, a clear blue sea and views to die for. No wonder that it is loved and visited by so many people!
You can find some more tips on places to visit in the province on my Västra Götralands Län page
Updated Sep 7, 2008