The island of Gotland lies just off the south-east coast of Sweden. Its capital city, Visby, has been dubbed the ‘Town of Roses and Ruins’, thanks to its wraparound Medieval walls and abundance of blooms. This tour of the city starts off with a scenic drive along the coast. Expect spectacular views of the city’s terracotta rooftops and the Baltic Sea from the clifftop roads. You’ll drive to the area of Almedalen, the site of the Hanseatic Harbour and the Kruttornet tower – the oldest remaining building in Visby. Then, you’ll stop by the city’s Botanical Gardens for a chance to stretch your legs. ‘Jungfrutornet’, otherwise known as, ‘Maiden’s Tower’, is next on the itinerary. It’s so-called because, according to legend, a goldsmith’s daughter was buried alive in its walls as punishment for treason. The last part of your tour is on foot. You’ll explore the narrow, winding streets with your guide, stopping by the imposing Cathedral of St Mary and the ruins of the Medieval church.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.