56° 16.0′ N · 16° 04.0′ E
Situated at the southern end of the Kalmar Sound, Kristianopel is a quaint place to stop at on your way up or down the straight.
Originally a fishing harbour, this marina caters for about 50 boats. You have to watch for shallow areas while making your way into the bay, but Kristianopel takes care of the relaxation part once you arrive. After the harbour master has told you where to tie up, that is. He definitely has similarities with Popeye. The small village reminds one of typical Swedish houses and streets of the times of Astrid Lindgren. The houses are very colorful and quaint, the gardens green and lush. A small supermarket is not far and has fresh bread and buns.
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The old ruins to the east are interesting to walk around and hint at a not so calm past. You can even walk upon the old fortress walls. Built around it are camping grounds with a playground for younger children. The lagoon behind is calm and also a recommended swimming spot for the little ones. The water is also somewhat warmer than that in the bay . There is a ladder along the outer pier if you want to take a dip there.
For those interested, the local typical Scandinavian church is also nearby and also worth a visit.
Get an ice cream at the kiosk to the east of the harbour. Alternatively on the right is a lovely café Sött & Salt. For dinner you don’t need to go much further than the restaurant for eat-in or takeaway to your boat just on the left of the harbour square.
Just a few hundred meters to the west the village ends and you walk along country roads, also great for a run in fresh air, to stretch those sea legs.