Like any island paradise, you’re never far from velvety beaches on Gotland, but 80 Swedish miles (800km) of coastline offers much more than just sand. With mighty cliffs, beautiful pebble beaches and lagoons of shimmering turquoise water, it’s easy to find your very own secret swimming spot. Here are some of ours:
1. Tofta beach’s golden sand dunes are filled with a glorious throng of happy holidaymakers in high summer, with great facilities including restaurants, kiosks, a swimming pool and a beach bar.
2. Nisseviken’s child-friendly sandy beach is said to have Gotland’s warmest water, as well as cafes, grassy spots and a long jetty.
3. Holmhällar has a nice shallow beach with lovely views of Heligholmen Island. Be careful to avoid going out too far, however, as there are underwater
4. Ljugarn’s beach is a kilometre long stretch of sand located right at Ljugarn, with lots of restaurants, accommodation facilities and other amenities.
5. Sandviken in Östergarn is a long, fine, shallow sandy beach, perfect for families. It also has a café, toilets and accommodation nearby.
6. At Smöjen’s beautiful, natural pebble beach you can choose to swim either in the sea or in the crystal clear water of the quarry.
7. Sudersand on Fårö is child-friendly and shallow with velvety white sand, and one of Gotland's most popular beaches during summer.
8. NorstaAuren’s long, fine sandy beach to the north of Fårö is a remote paradise, perfect for those who want to sunbathe and swim in peace.
9. The Blue Lagoon limestone quarry has become an increasingly popular place to bathe thanks to its turquoise water and pleasant temperature.
10. The long sandy beach at Ireviken is surrounded by a high cliff coast. With a restaurant and accommodation facilities, it’s popular with wind surfers and families alike.
11. The swim platform at Kallis is right next door to Almedalen in Visby. Perfect for a quick dip after a day spent strolling amongst the ruins and alleyways.