Seaside Wanderings in Pataholm, Sweden

Seaside Wanderings in Pataholm, Sweden

tiny pearl of a village lies on a remote peninsula in the
Kalmar Strait, located between the Swedish Island of Öland and the
province of Småland on the Swedish mainland. Surrounded by fields,
meadows and forest its rich foliage beckons explorers.

A walk through the village takes you back in time as you proceed
along the idyllic coastline. Shipping, fishing and boat
construction have kept this and neighbouring settlements along the
Baltic Sea coast afloat, so to speak. In the 16th century, Pataholm
was a busy trading hub and stop-off port for sailing ships,
experiencing its heyday in the 19th century thanks to the
introduction of shipyards.

Wander along cobbled streets, past the merchants’ manor houses
that still stand proud, and from the harbour you will spot the
castle ruins of Öland’s Borgholm in the distance. Stop for typical
Swedish fika with some home-baked cakes and waffles at Café Förlig
Wind, named after one of the last cargo sailing boats of the

Today, a handful of people still live in the well-kept houses
surrounding the main square with its colourful mailboxes, enjoying
a quiet coastal life that I tried capture in these images.

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