The white facades and proximity to the sea make Mandal the ideal southern town. Everything is within walking distance and there are many great experiences on offer.
The town may be larger than expected when imagining idyllic southern towns but like most towns, the centre is where it all happens. It is small and lovely and easy to move around in. Many people travel to Mandal during the summer, when the southernmost town in Norway shows its best side. The centre opens up with wonderful outdoor restaurants where you can enjoy all kinds of seafood – fresh from the water.
There is nothing quite like a stroll through the streets when the town is bustling with tourists and the weather is at its best. With the River Promenade and the bus station as starting points, you can make the trip to Buen Culture House, where the interesting offerings are lining up to be enjoyed.
The great artistic son of the town is Gustav Vigeland and his childhood home is one of the buildings managed by Mandal Museum. Here you will get an insight into his artistic work and how his most famous works and sculptures were influenced by his home town.
A visit to Mandal can be could be combined with a city break in the neighbouring city of Kristiansand, which is just a short drive away. Kristiansand offers a variety of music festivals, an international airport and the zoo – Dyreparken. Here you will find Norway's largest selection of animals, as well as Kardemomme By, a theme park based on the works of children's author Thorbjørn Egner.
If you are travelling west from Mandal you will have the opportunity to experience Lindesnes Lighthouse and several other beautiful southern towns, known for their pleasant atmosphere and welcoming locals. Hire a car or a boat and set off to explore what might be the most charming part of the entire country.
Whether you are longing for lazy days by the seaside, fast-paced activities on the water or on land or imaginative entertainment for the children, you will be in the perfect location with Mandal as your base.