Most of the travelers who know Stavanger (Norway) is for a natural wonder that is just outside the city: Preikestolen pulpit, a rock formation Lysefjord where you have a view of the fjord. Not recommended if you suffer from acrophobia.
To get to Preikestolen should ride on the ferry from Stavanger. So, before going on to enjoy the natural creation, how about a tour of the city? Stavanger is worth to visit.
Norway’s fourth-largest city in population, in turn, is one of the most beautiful that you can visit. It is important to know that in 2008 the Stavanger Region was selected as European Capital of Culture.
To achieve this you have several choices: a cruise on the Baltic Sea with one of the many operators who pass through here, on the ferry from Newcastle (UK), Hirtshals (Denmark) or Tau (Norway), by train from Oslo or the plane landed at the airport Sola is located approximately 14 kilometers from the city. There are options for all tastes, even by road.
One of the important points of the city is the port. Stavanger has a strong maritime tradition. No wonder that around the harbor is the most frequently visited. One is the west. Gamle Stavanger, is the old quarter of the city which can be accessed from the harbor. Apparently, this area of the city has the largest concentration of wooden houses in Europe, and it is one of the most beautiful old cities. White is the color that is present. More than 150 houses were from the XVII and XVIII centuries, all with flowers in facade and orange roof. The road that runs through this area is Øvre Strandgate. If you travel quietly in the north-south, you come to a park where one of the main building area: Cathedral of St Swithun of Stavanger, in honor of the patron saint.
The building combines the two styles, the Romanesque and Gothic. Data on between 1100 and 1125 and combines perfectly with the aesthetic of the city. It is the country’s oldest cathedral. Beside it, a statue of Alexander Kielland, is one of the four major Norwegian literature.
The park where the cathedral is located also hosts the Breiavatnet Lake, a beautiful and greenhouses surrounded by more typical of Scandinavia. But if we keep circling the park and walked down the street Kongsgata, is reached Stavanger Cemetery. Maybe it’s something ghoulish recommend a visit to a cemetery, but in reality, is charming.
This cemetery was consecrated in 1834 and many exotic plants and various artistic monuments inside. Among the graves should mention the numerous soldiers of World War II. It’s easy to meet people there watching and watering the plants with garden tools that have saved for common use.
But let us leave the deceased to rest in their beautiful cemetery and back to the heart of the city. Where once we were in the Gamle Stavanger, now back in the east of the harbor and walk the pedestrian. You’ll never see so many stores together in a beautiful place. Abound regarding the decor and clothing. Among them, there are the occasional cafeteria and restaurants with typical food. In Norway fond of sweets, hunting products and fish, say it Fenalår, a lamb dish raw and seasoned, is very good. Salmon goes without naming it. A must try in all its varieties.
At once, a street that has nothing to do with the rest gets in the way. It Øvre Holmegate, the most beautiful street and the second most visited tourist attraction in the city.
What makes this special street are houses painted in pastel colors. A rainbow of paint. But what makes a street and in the heart of the city? Its history is curious. Øvre Holmegate already appeared in planes of the middle ages, so it has time. Never was a busy street. Businesses in the area were lost and there was no life in the surrounding area. But one day, the hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik had a revelation. With the help of artist Craig Flanagan designed a color scheme for the houses on the street. Thus was born Øvre Holmegate, today one of the most visited streets of the city and with businesses double their sales. Curiously, some of the traders screamed to the sky when they learned that their beloved house would be pink. Now they are happy with the result.
Cafes, vintage boutiques and accessories, bookstores … It is the street of the shopping experience in Stavanger.
The city has many museums of all subjects. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Norwegian Canning Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rogaland or the Norwegian Children’s Museum are some of the favorites for tourists.
And now, yes. Now it is time to leave behind the city and embark to discover the natural beauty of Norway from the top of Preikestolen pulpit. On return, if that, a drink of beer or a shot of aquavit if you like a lot graduation drinks.