For Gotland’s best beach, and the nearest thing it has to a resort, the lively and charming town of LJUGARN makes a good base. You can get here from Roma by heading straight down Route 143 for around 30km. Though full of restaurants and obviously aimed at tourists, Ljugarn no longer has a tourist office. It’s famous for its raukar – tall limestone stacks rising up from the sea. From the main street, it’s only 100m to the town beach. A delightful cycle or stroll down Strandvägen follows the coastline through woods and clearings carpeted in blåelden (viper’s bugloss), the electric-blue flowers for which the area is known. The raukar along the route stand like ancient hunched men, their feet lapped by the waves.

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