The rugged coastline of West Sweden may not immediately scream 'beach' to you, but miles of unspoilt golden sands, crystal-clear waters and the occasional private creek may just convince you to take the plunge. Here are the best places to give in to the temptation:
Dalsland has more lakes per square kilometre than any other region of Sweden © Roger Borgelid, vastverige.com
Serenely beautiful Laxsjön in Dalsland is perfect for a quick dip and even forms part of the Dalsland Canal.
Rural Sydkoster boasts one of the best and biggest sandy beaches on the entire west coast © Goran Assner, vastverige.com
The fairy-tale castle of Läckö Slott is another major attraction on Lake Vänern © Roger Borgelid, vastverige.com
A heavenly dip in the warm waters of Lake Vänern makes Kinnekulle particularly alluring.
With an otherwise rugged landscape, you may be surprised to find that Vrångö has the best beaches of all the islands in the Gothenburg archipelago © Västgöten, Wikimedia Commons
Choose your very own creek on this craggy island in the Gothenburg archipelago.
Hållö's granite rocks have a distinct pinky colour, and are perfect for picnicking © Jonas Ingman, vastverige.com
Smooth rocks slip effortlessly into the waters of the Kattegatt sea. Hard to resist.
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