Stockholm: what you cannot miss if you go to the capital of Sweden
Recommended by Lucía Franzini *
It is a spa that is located in the commune of Tyresö, on the Brevik peninsula. It is part of the archipelago of Stockholm and its coasts are bathed with waters of the Baltic Sea. The beach is approximately 25 m long, and has a pier and a children’s play area. The water is very transparent, the bottom is clear, and the sand is very fine. It is very cute because you can see different types of fish. In August, the water has an average temperature of 20 °, but it can vary greatly depending on the weather. In the hottest weeks, the water temperature reaches 25 °, with which one can bathe every summer. From the pier, visitors can take a dip and leisurely swim to the deep end, where there is a ladder. In the same area is Tyresö Brygga, a ferry terminal to which boats arrive and from which they leave to different islands, such as Utö, Dalarö and Nämdö, and also to the center of Stockholm.
Monteliusvägen is a promenade of approximately 500 m long located on the island Södermalm, south of Stockholm. It has a breathtaking view of Lake Mälaren and, through it, the Old Town (Gamla Stan), the Town Hall (Stadshuset) and Riddarholmen Island, among other impressive postcards. It is very nice to visit this walk at sunrise or sunset for its spectacular view of the water and the city. At one entrance is Ivar Lo’s Park, a ‘country’ inspired theme park with old houses and wooden farm animals that allow children to explore and learn about life in the Swedish countryside. The park also has a grassy area where it is very common to see locals having picnics.
Hidden in the center of Stockholm you will find this art nouveau style palace, built in 1904, where there is a spa. There is a 25 m long ancient swimming pool, Roman hot spring baths and different types of saunas. There is also a gym and massages and beauty treatments are provided. It has a terrace with lounge chairs, showers and equipment for exercising outside. In Centralbadet, there is also an ecobar where you can eat a healthy menu even in winter, since outside there is an artificial sun that gives heat, so you can be outside despite the cold. It is a fantastic place to spend a day of relaxation, where it is possible to vary between swimming in the pool, bathing in the warm waters with or without bubbles and experiencing the different types of saunas, which in Sweden are very common and are part of the most heartfelt customs of its inhabitants.
Covid-19 infections are increasing in Sweden, a country in which more than 70% of the population has received the full schedule of the coronavirus vaccine. Given the current health situation, the Swedish government established various measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Depending on the new omicron variant, people traveling to Sweden from outside the Nordic region must have a screening test after arrival, preferably on the same day. The recommendation applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as well as those who have had COVID-19 in the past six months. Meanwhile, the entry ban to Sweden for travelers from countries outside the European Union extends until January 31, 2022.
* I’m from Rosario. I have lived in Sweden for 10 years. I came here for my husband, who is Swedish. We met on the internet. First he went to live in Argentina with me, but then we decided to move together to Sweden. Here we live with our three children in a house near the sea and nature, on the outskirts of Stockholm. Seeing deer, foxes and squirrels out the window is an everyday thing. I am a doctor, so studying Swedish was the first thing I did to revalidate my degree and be able to work. Sweden is a very beautiful country that welcomed me with open arms from day one. It is a beautiful place to live and visit.
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