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Introducing Arendal

The main appeal of Arendal, one of the larger south coast towns, is its undeniable buzz throughout summer around the harbour (known as Pollen), with outdoor restaurants and bars next to the water and a fairly full calendar of festivals. Large enough to have an array of amenities but not too big to overwhelm, it's a nice place to spend a few days. The matchbox-sized old district of Tyholmen, which features many timbered houses, adds considerable charm, while those seeking greater communion with the sea than a harbour-side cafe can offer will find the offshore islands of Merdø, Tromøy and Hisøy to be worthwhile excursions.