But before I leave you with my accommodation and transport tips to read, maybe I should give you some tips about the area around Stocken as well.
It is not only Stocken that makes this a beautiful area, there is lots more to see and do. Visit the picturesque villages of Gullholmen, Hällevikstrand or Mollösund for example. Or go for a nice round tour on the bike; do some hiking or go on a sailing trip. There are several boats that do tours and if you are lucky you might even spot some seals sunbathing on the rocks.
After a nice and quiet walk back from the rocks to the campground the sun has set. The sky over the village of Stocken is not orange anymore, the sky has now changed in different shades of pink.
The day is over, and so is this little tour around Stocken. I hope you enjoyed it! I'll certainly be back here, hopefully next year :-)
One more turn of the head to the right. Aaah, there it is: the sunset! The orange colours are reflecting beautiful in the waters while the sun slowly goes down.
As beautiful as it is, maybe you better not stay up here too long. It might be hard to find your way back down the rocks in the dark ;-)
I hope my photo can tell you more than my words can. It's so hard to describe the feeling to be here. But I'll give it a try. Enlarge the photo and imagine being here..... The sun is going down slowly, it is nice and warm outside. Such calm weather, no wind at all, just the nice warmth of the evening sun. All you see is bare rocks and blue water in the distance. No people around, it's so nice and quiet. The only sound you hear is the shrieking of the seagulls in the distance. Wonderful views. The sky is still blue, but there is already an orange-colour of the evening light reflecting on the rocks.....
Well, do I need to say more? This is the view I had after climbing those rocks. Fantastic isn't it! The grey rocks dotted with heather plants as far as the eye can see. The clear blue sea, and some white dots of sailing boats far in the distance. Sigh, wish I was here again....
I think the best tip for Stocken, and for the whole area actually, is to just climb up those rocks! I know that most of the time there are no clear trails that lead up the rocks, so maybe it doesn't look so inviting. But as the rocks are quite bare, climbing up them is not so hard to do. Make sure you are wearing some good shoes, so you won't slip off the rocks, and try to find your way to the top. From up there you have the most wonderful views over the sea and the surrounding landscape.
The one plant that does seem to want to grow on these rocky surfaces is heather. Besides that you might spot some grasses and so now and then a little shrub or tree. But by far the most you'll see is the heather. And as it was the beginning of August they were blooming as well. Lucky me :-)
This photo is taken just left of the bathing area. I just love these bare rocky shores of the west coast. There is hardly any vegetation on the rocks, it is mostly bare rocks with some plants scattered around. And the sea is full of little island, or maybe better said, huge rocks sticking up from the sea bottom.
Time to return to the campground, which is located next to the village of Stocken. From here you can make a 5 minutes walk to a little bathing area called Badviken. It is a nice path with rocks on either side of the trail. You know by now that I am not so much into bathing in these Swedish waters, but wowww, look at the view!! Isn't it stunning?!!!
The west coast means fish! You can't travel here without trying some of it! And Stocken has a really nice fish store called 'Orust Fisk', with lots of choices of fabulous fresh fish. The store is located on the main street, and when you can't find it, just ask someone. I am sure they can point you to the right direction.
But what to buy? So much to choose from, and so little time to try it all! Of course you have to try some salmon, you can buy already marinated and that tastes really good! But of course you can buy plain also, or smoked, mmmm, everything tastes great!
You can't travel to the west coast of Sweden and not try out some shrimps, oooh and crayfish! The Swedes love crayfish! Sill (pickled herring) for when you have a little party (see the local customs tip on my Sweden page).
And smoked mackerel tastes so good on a sandwich, and...... these fish skewers.... don't they look delicious?! But unfortunately I didn't get the chance to taste them. I wanted to buy some when getting back to Stocken after a daytrip, but unfortunately the store closes early that day (I think it was 2 o'clock). So I was out of luck. But I'll be back to Stocken for sure and these skewers are on the menu for next time :-)
Well, this will probably not be the highlight of your visit to Stocken and surrounding area, but it was fun to see for me. I have something with mailboxes and I always take a picture of fun ones and different ones. And this is not one of the usual ones, so here we have it: one picture of a little mailbox house.
How tempting it may look on the previous picture, going for a swim here is not really something for me. Hahaha, when you look a bit closer at the water you'll notice many jellyfish. eeks! And the water temperature.... well, what do you think? This is Sweden! Hahaha, so obviously not so warm.
I prefer to sit on the rocks and enjoy the beautiful views and let the more courageous people go for a swim here. To my surprise there are actually lots of people that do go swimming here.
If you feel like it you can take a dip in the water here as well. Behind the boats is a little swimming area which looks like a great place to go for a swim. And at the rocks there are two high platforms where you can dive from. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see it a bit clearer.
This is a view across the water from the village of Stocken. Here you can see a neighbouring island. In the photo you can see another boathouse, but now on it's own. Nothing surrounding it, but endless grey cliffs and sea. I am not sure if this island has a name, maybe it is too tiny for that. But picturesque it looks for sure.