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The standout gem on the island of Gotland in Sweden, Visby is a place of historical riches and contemporary pleasures. Its medieval heritage is manifested in the gorgeously craggy, ruined churches and sprawling walls that encircle the city. But what was once a place of tumult, epochs ago, is now a tranquil seaside resort of lush greenery, quaint craft shops and cute cafés – one of Sweden's most serene spots to sunbathe and forget the stresses of day to day life.

Things to see

Visby is famous for its religious ruins, but one landmark that's very much intact is the eye-catching Visby Cathedral. With its black-tipped spires, cavernous Gothic interior and white façade that blazes a brilliant white in the sun, it should be on every visitor's list of things to gawp at. For those who like a bit more history and culture during their city break, Gotlands Art Museum is also a must – it has interactive displays that kids will love, and sheds fascinating light on the fearsome Viking history of Gotland. Of course, if it's a ravishingly sunny day then you'll want to spend most of your time outdoors – try walking the medieval walls, which provide panoramic views across Visby. Be sure to see the old gunpowder tower that still looms high today. Visby's botanical gardens also look beautiful on a spring or summer's day, burgeoning with exotic flowers and lush-leafed trees. And let's not forget the beaches that stretch for miles down the coast, with the waters of the Baltic Sea lapping against the white sands.

Hotels in Visby

Many of the hotels in Visby are set within handsome old buildings that are completely in keeping with the historic surroundings. Of course, there are sleeker, more contemporary looking pads to pick from as well. Whether you go for a more traditional place or not, you can expect the modern conveniences of WiFi – often free – as well as on-site indoor swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms in many of the hotels available.

Where to stay

You probably won't be surprised to know that a fair few hotels in Visby are located within a stone's throw of the sea. That said, even if you stay a little more inland, the whole area is compact enough to make it a pleasure to amble to the coast – soaking up that sun as you do so. With landmarks such as Visby Cathedral close by the main cluster of Visby hotels, you can get on with enjoying your holiday without worrying about "commuting" to places of interest.

How to get to Visby

You'll be glad to know the island does have somewhere for flights to land – Visby Airport is situated just a short drive from the city itself, and there are direct flights from Stockholm all year round, with added routes from other major cities in the summer. Cruise ships in the Baltic Sea also dock at Visby. While in Visby, you'll really want to get around on foot, as wandering the cobblestoned lanes is the best way to take in the atmosphere of this relaxing resort city. And you can always hire a bicycle if you feel like going at a quicker pace.

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