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Falkenberg - Varberg

  • Length

    39 km

  • Degree of difficulty

    Easy

The Falkenberg to Varberg stretch is a less challenging part of Kattegattleden. You will cycle through open country and experience untouched nature and popular beaches.

After Falkenberg you keep going along a coastal stretch that really personifies the expression “open country”. Here, you can stop off at lesser­known bathing spots such as Stafsinge strand and Petters Brygga, or enjoy more vibrant beaches such as Olofsbo, Björkäng and Apelviken. Perfect when you need to replenish your energy with some ice cream or a meal. Make short stops along the path and enjoy the untouched nature – there is a wealth of bird life and several nature reserves.

Make a detour to Morups Tånge, with its impressive lighthouse that has spread its light over the sea since 1843. On the way you’ll also pass several cosy fishing villages and marinas such as Lövstaviken, Glommen and Träslövsläge, all well worth a visit.

As you near Varberg, you’ll pass Apelviken, a beach that attracts masses of windsurfers from all over Europe. The path takes you on to Strandpromenaden and past Varberg Fortress before you reach Varberg harbour, with its open­air baths and Societetspark.

Falkenberg – New memories are waiting to be made here

When you cycle through Falkenberg, you shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry, because you’ll want to stop several times. There are more than 13 kilometres of sandy beaches, rocks to bathe from and stunning viewpoints. In between, you’ll find a small town with a wide range of things to see and do.

Falkenberg has small­town charm. A walk through the Old Town, where crooked houses line the cobbled streets, is a must. There, you’ll find Tullbron, one of Sweden’s most beautiful stone bridges. Continue your trip by taking a walk on one of the many beautiful paths around the River Ätran. Close by is the children’s favourite, Vallarna, with a large playground, mini­ zoo, skatepark and an open­air theatre that offers an extensive programme throughout the summer. At RIAN design­ museum you can see Swedish and international design. Stor­gatan and Nygatan are the best shopping streets.

Falkenberg is a recognised food destination, with everything from cosy cafes to gourmet restaurants. Locally sourced produce is something close to the hearts of the restauranteurs, and you can visit several farm shops.

Varberg – In the midst of history with a particular feel for water

In Varberg people are particularly enamoured of water.

Back in the early 1800s, the town was already a well­known health resort to which people flocked to drink the waters, and water still holds a key position: in Varberg you can enjoy everything from relaxing spa treatments to refreshing nud­ist bathing and pulse­raising surfing.

Kattegattleden stretches along stunning Strandpromenaden from Apelviken and the surfers’ mecca to the famous nudist beaches and past magnificent Varberg Fortress. Cycle to Var­berg centre and experience the lively market days on the town square, or jump on a bus for a day trip to Åkulla’s beautiful nature, with a beech forest and exciting visitor destinations.

Practical information

Remember to check the opening times of the destinations and sights you intend to visit and ideally book your accommodation in advance!

Sweden’s right of public access is a unique opportunity for everyone to roam freely in the countryside. But you also need to take responsibility for animal and plant life and show consideration for land owners and other visitors. Don’t disturb – don’t destroy, in other words. The right of public access is limited in national parks and nature reserves. It is always you as the person visiting the countryside who bears responsibility for being aware of the rules that apply in the area that you are visiting.

Also remember to keep the cycle path free of litter – take your rubbish with you to the nearest bin!

39 km

Easy

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