The small city of Kalmar is known for its pulse and vigour, for parties, music festivals and extreme sports events, yet the Renaissance castle is an ever-present reminder of a royal past and times of war. A visit to Kalmar is like an injection of strength and fun, surrounded by an authentic Swedish townscape. Head across the sound and the stillness envelopes you. Öland’s nature is truly unique: it is striking, different, beautiful in its rawness. Here, the beaches are long and unspoilt and the fields flat and full of colour. Rushing is impossible; Öland gives you no choice but to unwind.