Stavanger is one of the largest cities in Norway with around 140.000 people.
It still has very small town feel to it, as the city center is fairly small, with old white wooden houses and narrow streets.
Alot of oil related buisnesses have branches here, so there is an excellent but rather expensive variety of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
Stavanger, Sandnes and Sola together are going to be a European culture capital for 2008.
Every summer there are several festivals and events going on in the city, the most popular among these are the beach volleyball, and the food festival. for both of these events the streets are closed for traffic, and everyone will be in the city, if not to watch the volleyball or to taste the food, just to soak up the atmosphere of all the happy people.
If you plan to go to Preikestolen ( The Pulpit Rock ) then you can start your jouney from stavanger by take the ferry from Tau Ferry terminal in stavanger and from there can continue taking the bus until you arrive in the bottom of preikestolen.
There is also Oil Museum located in Stavanger and it is very interesting to be explored.