Stavanger is the capital of southwestern Norway, the fourth-largest in the country and is known as the "Petroleum Capital of Norway" because of its strategic position, near the North Sea oil fields. Stavanger natural surroundings are really picturesque, with chilly beaches, deep-blue fjords and imposing mountains as background. The city centre opens in the colorful Vagen harbor. From here you can travel to the Kvitsoy islands to admire the magnificent Pulpit Rock in the Lysefjord. Stavanger's origin is related to the oldest cathedral in Norway, built starting 1125. It is a city of contrasts, a unique mixture of old and new, with narrow streets and wooden houses, but also modern shops, restaurants and galleries. Besides, the recreation areas nearby the lakes Breiavatnet, Masvatnet and Stokkavatnet could complete a perfect vacation in Stavanger.