One of Bohuslän's most popular seaside resorts, Grebbestad began attracting tourists in the late 19th century due to its curative mud. Today, it overlooks a bustling fishing harbour that brings in hauls of Norway lobster and oysters. Archaeological findings suggest that the area has been inhabited since at least the Iron Age, with a stone labyrinth and an ancient castle among its attractions.
Things to do in Grebbestad
Stroll through the centre of Grebbestad to admire its Gothic Revival-style church, which was built from granite in the late 19th century. Gaze up at its soaring spire before stepping inside to see the glass mosaic crafted by Joe Milla. For elevated views across Grebbestad and its church, climb to the lookout at Utsiktsplats.
Also not to miss is the Monk’s Church, which overlooks the sea just north of Grönemad. It comprises a tunnel-like rock formation believed to have been created during the Ice Age, as well as a large boulder referred to as the “Altar Stone”. The Monk’s Church is named after the silhouette of a monk that appears near the cave entrance.
On the northern outskirts of Grebbestad is the Labyrinth Ulmekärr, a megalithic stone circle shrouded in mystery. Archaeologists have uncovered similar labyrinths in coastal areas of the Mediterranean and the British Isles, with many believing they were constructed for fertility. On the nearby island of Otterön, you'll find remarkable shell banks composed of fossilised seaweed.
Getting around Grebbestad
Grebbestad is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Gothenburg and just under two hours from Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to Grebbestad and the town is compact enough to explore on foot. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the region.