The site's original name was "Sanden" (the sand, the beach). In 1641 the neighboring city of Kristiansand was founded. Lillesand received its present name to distinguish the two towns.
Lillesand municipality is located in the most famous part of the archipelago along the Skagerak coast. The idyllic town center is typical of towns in this area, white painted, wooden houses around a small port. In the summer the population increases significantly, due to tourism and the many summer homes in the municipality.
The Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder refers to this town in several of his books, for example in Sophie's World, where The Solitaire Mystery refers to Lillesand.
The bus-connections to Oslo and the towns along the western shore of the Oslo Fjord is excellent. Nor-Way Bussexpress  has 9 daily connections to Oslo, Konkurrenten.no 4-7 buses while Lavprisekspressen runs twice daily. You are guaranteed a seat - if the bus is full, the bus company will add an extra bus. Lavsprisekpressen provides online ticketing only. Long term buses stops in the outskirts of Lillesand.
In the town's center, everything is within walking distance.
Nettbuss Sør (blue buses) operates local bus routes within the municipality of Lillesand. In Lillesand center are all within walking distance. If you go west, there are some local buses for example to Høvåg, but it may take a long time between buses.
Blindleia is a salt water fjord passage that is protected from the open sea by an elongated archipelago of skerries. Lots of boat traffic in Blindleia at summer time, and many rich Norwegians have their vacation house here. Blindleia pass many picturesque sites, such as Brekkestø, Kjøbmannsvik, Gamle Hellesund and Skottevik. Sightseeing boat at the summer time.
Brekkestø is an idyllic, small outport on the island of Justøy, well visited during the summer. The outport is the most famous of the cozy little places along the archipelago in Lillesand.
Lillesand Town- and Maritime Museum in the town centre of Lillesand, shows the town's history as a center for shipping and trade.
Meta Hansens hus (Rosenberggt. 11), a location for exhibitions, concerts and other cultural expressions.
Bronseplassen are reconstructed houses from the Bronze Age and Viking times and is located in Høvåg, aprox. 15 km west of the town. There are also bark boats, labyrinth, offering space and cemetery. Open May to September.
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