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Stavanger is located on a peninsula on Norway’s southwestern coast. Its history began way back in 1125 when one of the country’s first settlements was built here. The city –   the fourth most populous in Norway – is surrounded by the sea, fjords, mountains and woods. Stavanger’s rhythm is dictated by the North Sea, as, just like most other cities located on the coastline, its development was determined by the fishing and ship building industries.

Everything changed when it was discovered that the region has oil. Now the city is home to the headquarters of one of the largest oil companies and around 110,000 people.

Old Town
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old Town

Stavanger attracts visitors with its white sandy beaches that stretch for up to 25 km, decent conditions for swimming in the sea during summer, and the beauty of local fjords and mountain roads. Here you’ll find many bicycle routes and paths. The city also has a lot of bicycle rental establishments. The fishing tours are especially popular among tourists. Since Stavanger is the starting point of the famous “Norway fjord” road, it’s always full of arrivals.

Those who have visited the city say it has enchanted them, especially the old part, which is very cosy and very much alive. The Old Town, situated near the international ferry terminal, is covered in wooden houses and cobbled streets.

Stavanger
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Stavanger

Stavanger has no tall buildings – the tallest ones are mere two to three storeys high. Their environment is decorated with dwarf firs, pines and ceramic pots and flowers by the doors. Stavanger’s centre is very picturesque, with tiny, playful squares and narrow streets that wind down towards the sea.

Stavanger, Norway
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Stavanger, Norway

Once in Stavanger, tourists rush to visit its ancient cathedral, which was built in 1125; the Valberg Tower, which opens up on a spectacular panorama of the surroundings; and the city’s unique museums.

Stavanger’s many cafés and tiny restaurants serve various delicacies of the local cuisine. Culinary traditions are excellent here – there’s a reason why Stavanger hosts the annual Food Festival, which is very popular in Scandinavia. The city also offers cruises around fjords. Visitors from Bergen and Oslo come here on ships which dock in the city’s ancient harbour.

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