Between long trip and long trip, that is, between the trip of Istanbul (Turkey) / Copenhagen (Denmark) and The Baltic Trip (about which I’ll talk in future posts), I made a little runaway visit alone to Kalmar , a nice small Swedish city.
Kalmar is placed in the south-east of Sweden, just in front of the island of Öland, to which is connected via the Öland bridge. It is thought to be founded during the 11th century, and currently has a population of about 35,000 inhabitants, so is more or less of the same size as Karlskrona .
The city has the typical characteristics you can find in the southern Swedish cities, with beautifully small colorful houses, a lot of open spaces and a great mixture of buildings and nature. The truth is that this kind of cities, give a really comfortable feeling, I really love them :)
The most notable constructions that you can find in Kalmar are the cathedral and the castle with its fortifications. The cathedral is right in the middle of the city, being the heart of the main square. The castle, placed in one of the sides of the city, and it’s a great place to visit to enjoy the views of the city and the sea from it. Also, there’s an observation tower presiding the river, that completes the historic sightseeing of Kalmar.
My conclusion is that it’s a very nice city for a one-day relaxing visit, as it’s a calm and beautiful city, ideal for having a walk. But don’t expect too much excitement from it, or you may end with a deception. So… worth visiting :)