Stavanger is not a city like any other. Those who arrive by train, by bus or by sea from the sensational Norwegian fjords, will immediately begin to breathe the typical air of Northern Europe that can only be perceived up here. Welcoming you could be the colorful houses on the quay, about sixty buildings built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries once used as warehouses or small industries but now converted into restaurants, offices and other businesses.
When you begin to enter the heart of the city, you cannot miss a walk through the streets of Gamle Stavanger, the old part of the city made up of white houses built in white painted wood. Gamle Stavanger collects 173 wooden buildings built in the eighteenth century where you can find many galleries and boutiques of local crafts.
This part of the city is part of one of the architectural projects carried out by the United Nations in Norway in 1975. It is no secret that Stavanger has received numerous awards for the efforts it has made over time to preserve the old but fascinating part of its city.
The Gamle Stavanger area is inhabited by residents who are proud and proud of their homes. In spring the gardens and the windowsills of the white houses are filled with flowers and colors. Think that once upon a time there was the habit of dismantling houses and taking them with you when you moved! For this reason they were built of wood. Typically it was people from the islands north of Stavanger who ventured into the city with their house dismantled during the herring-catching periods. They loaded their houses into rowboats and went to Stavanger. The only drawback, it is said, is that the houses of the past were yellow but the working class could not afford such an expensive color and, for this reason, many wooden houses were colored white: the current color.
Fargegaten: the colorful street
Øvre Holmegate was once a quiet and somewhat boring street until one day hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik proposed to renovate it. Artist Craig Flannagan created a combination of colors that, in the space of a few years, were part of a process of renovating a street that has now become a tourist attraction.
From the initial skepticism of some people, we have moved on to a road that since 2005 has become closed to traffic and today is a flow of tourists as well as full of bars, shops and commercial premises.
The Fargegata (street of colors) is a perfect area for photos, selfies and ideal for shopping and a stop in some bars.
Do not forget that the freshest fish are caught in the Norwegian seas and, if you are a lover of the genre, you must try some restaurants.
The beaches and the protected area of Jæren
The beaches of Jæren cover a 70 km long area from Tungenes to Sirevåg and have been a protected area since 1977, modified after 2009 as a landscape conservation area of Jærstrendene. Some humid areas require greater protection because they are particularly rich in rare or protected vegetation. In fact, plants such as marsh hellebore, sea must plant, marsh orchid and holly grow in this area.
The beaches here can also change based on the shape and presence of the dunes which, generally, are divided into three different types: there are areas with white dunes facing the sea, very unstable and subject to erosion. Then there are areas with gray dunes less subject to erosion and finally the dunes farthest from the sea, low and covered with grass, hardly vulnerable to any type of erosion.
Keep in mind that Jæren’s beaches are marked as International Mission Blue hotspots, which means key points for ocean health. If you want to learn more, at the leisure center of Orre (Friluftshuset) you can learn more about the beaches of Jæren.
How to get to the beaches
By public transport you can easily get the beaches of Brusand and Ogna. For all the info, timetables or for other beaches, you can search on https://entur.no/