Picture Perfect.

This is the part of Skåne where artists and writers come to get inspired by the beautiful landscape. A slow pace of life and a friendly atmosphere attracts bon-vivants from all over the world, who come to Österlen to enjoy the regions unique mix of beautiful nature and interesting culture. Meander through fields carpeted in colourful flowers, get a room with stunning views over the land and the sea. And whatever you do, don’t miss the famous apple plantations.

Cows on meadow by a farm
Anders Tukler
Beautiful meadow in Österlen
Fields of Österlen
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The fertile fields of Österlen
Haväng in Österlen
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Sunrise at Haväng in Österlen

When thoughts turn to Österlen, they turn to the sky, to the sea, and to the art. This is the place to admire the green countryside, picture perfect views and rolling white coastline with its ancient ruins and pristine gardens. The south-eastern tip of Skåne in the far south of Sweden has tempted city dwellers to choose an alternative, simpler life for decades. With a resonance of Provence and Tuscany and rumoured to be home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in Europe, the land where the sea and sky meet combines simple rural pleasures with an air of quiet, cultured sophistication.

the art tour in skåne
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Detail from The Art Tour

An amazing art festival - every spring

As winter turns slowly to spring and the traditional beamed 'long' houses and quaint fishing cottages start to show signs of life, Österlen announces the dawn of a new season with a bang. In springtime, every year around the Easter holidays, Österlen hosts what is likely to be the largest art exposition in the world. During 10 days, the area is buzzing with activity and creativity as artists all over the region open their studios and workshops to visitors. Hundreds of artists come together to arrange this veritable art festival with venues all over the region, marking their exhibitions with colourful flags for them to be easily found. Visitors get the pleasure of driving around with a view of the beautiful countryside and experience art at the same time.

 

Farm shops & local delicacies

Farm shops & Skåne is rightly called the breadbasket of Sweden and locally produced fare is available wherever you turn on Österlen. Food traditions are strong in this region due to the rich, fertile soils, mild climate, dedicated growers and surrounding water wildlife. These elements make Österlen the perfect place for great tastes, from sea and field to final product. So while cruising Österlen's rolling hills, it is easy to turn off the road and turn on to some great locally grown delicacies in one of the many farm shops. You can eat very well at any number of country inns, harbour fish stalls and gourmet restaurants. Farm stalls sell vegetables, fruit and of course the region's celebrated apple cider.

Farm shop sign in Skåne
Carolina Romare
Farm shop sign by the road
Mossagården farm shop
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Mossagården farm shop
Kin bageri österlen
Carolina Romare
KIN Bakery in Östra Vemmerlöv
Franskans Crêperie
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Franskans Crêperie in Rörum
Cows by a road in Österlen
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Cows posing for the camera. Classic.

 

Swedens most beautiful beach

Life’s a beach in Österlen, and even in the peak of the summer season a secluded spot can be found on the region's 50 kilometres of beach. The most famous of them all is the silky white strip named Sandhammaren, with white sand that matches the best of the Caribbean. In fact, this 12 kilometer long beach on the southeastern tip os Sweden has been voted as Sweden’s best beach several times. The giant sandy area is perfect for taking in the rays and splashing around in the water during hot summer days, or for taking long beach combing walks all year round. Kick off your shoes and enjoy a barefoot stroll in your own piece of paradise.

Beach in Österlen
Österlen has 50 kilometers of beaches along the coastline

 

THREE CUTE TOWNS WORTH A VISIT

Kivik

Kivik

Österlen is also called The Apple Kingdom and the capital of the apple kingdom is the old, picturesque fishing village Kivik that has evolved into a small holiday paradise because of the area's nice beaches and - of course - the apples. In Kivik, apples are not just apples, it is science, a deep passion and a way of life.The area around Kivik is ideal for apple trees, both due to the soil and the ideal climate and the area grows more than 70 different varieties of apples. During spring, thousands upon thousands of fruit trees, mainly apple trees, are in blossom on the hills sloping down towards the Hanöbukten Bay. Later on, on the last weekend of September, when the blossom has turned to fruit, the newly picked goodies are the centre of attention at the big Apple market.

Simrishamn

Simrishamn

Simrishamn is a picturesque coastal town in southern Sweden with a rich fishing past. Just like the neighbouring town Ystad, it is first and foremost the buildings and houses that create the towns charming ambiance. The small pastel colored houses and beautiful hand carved doors can be seen in abundance along the cobblestone streets in the older part of town. The typical street view of old town Simrishamn is of houses and planks in pastels lining the street hiding some of the most amazing gardens from curious glances on the other side.

Ystad

Ystad

Ystad is a beautiful town with medieval, pastel coloured half timbered houses on cobblestone streets and sun dappled squares. Leap back in time and visit museums with different, sometimes off beat themes, visit the quaint shops and cosy cafés, or jump on a steam train and explore the beautiful countryside.

SKÅNE'S OWN PIECE OF PARADISE

Road through roadway
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Mist in Charlottenlund

Österlen is Skånes own piece of paradise, where artists and writers come to get inspired by the beautiful landscape. Lose yourself in the romantic views over the land and the sea, drop by a quaint farm shop to pick up fresh food to eat overlooking the starry sky, or meander through fields carpeted in colourful flowers. Stay in an idyllic fishing hamlet and watch the fishermen returning in the early morning with their catch. And whatever you do, don’t miss the famous apple plantations.

The tempo of Österlen is slow and therefore ideal for both a weekend or a longer break. But if you want to stay active, there is no shortage of activities. You will find golf courses in Vik, Ystad, Tomelilla and Stiby. An old steam train chugs into Brösarp throughout the summer. Horse back riding and water sports such as fishing and yachting can be easily arranged. A wander through the cobbled streets of Ystad or Simrishamn can push the stresses of daily life firmly to the back of your mind. If that doesn't work then why not try morning yoga in the Baskemölla eco-village, followed by lunch at the enchanting Mandelmann's Gardens in Rörum. Below, we have collected the 10 most popular places to visit in the area.

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT AT ÖSTERLEN

Ales stones


Ales stones


If you want to be awed by the aura of a mystical spot that dates back to the early Iron Age, visit Ales Stones. Built somewhere between 500-1,000 AD, “Sweden’s Stonehenge” consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in the 67 metre-long outline of a ship majestically located on the ridge above the fishing village of Kåseberga. Scholars can’t agree whether it’s a grave monument, astronomical clock or resting place of the mythical King Ale. But we think you’ll agree that this is a great place to visit.

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Stenshuvud National Park

Stenshuvud National Park

You don’t see many national parks where you can chill on a beach as well as exploring spectacular countryside, but this one has. It’s a magical area in beautiful Österlen, South east Skåne that has a sandy heathland, stunning coastline and marked hiking paths for families of all abilities. It’s a year round place for hikers, cyclists and family fun.

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Glimmingehus

Glimmingehus

Are you up for a trip back to the Middle Ages? Glimmingehus, located in eastern Skåne near the small city of Simrishamn, is the best-preserved medieval manor in all of Scandinavia. The origin of this stately fortress dates as far back as the year of 1499, and a visit here will give you fascinating insights in what life at that time was like. The old castle was built to be prepared for battle and features a lot of unique defense elements, such as gaps through which hot tar could be poured over intruders, drawbridges, trenches and other deadly traps. The staff takes ambitious part in making the history come alive - here you can listen to ghost stories in the summertime, you can try your hand at Middle Age-chores, join one of the guided tours or simply relax in the beautiful herb garden.

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Kiviksgraven - The King’s Grave in Kivik

Kiviksgraven - The King’s Grave in Kivik

Few burial monuments in Scandinavia have been as well studied as this Bronze Age cairn. Dated to 1600 BC, the site measures 75 meters in diameter, making it the largest mound of its type in Sweden. Systematically plundered in centuries past, a central stone chamber was found in 1748, containing a cist formed of 10 engraved upright stone slabs. The engravings are among the most notable works of art from the Bronze Age and a number of images are unique in the Scandinavian rock carving tradition, making the King's grave one of the most remarkable archaeological monuments in Sweden.

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The steam train in Brösarp

The steam train in Brösarp

In the small village of Brösarp in eastern Skåne you can catch the old preserved steam train, a big favorite among train enthusiasts of all ages. Traveling through the beautiful landscape with its forests and meadows feels a lot like traveling through time, giving a sense of the atmosphere of a small steam-operated railway in the 50’s. There are four stations along the way; Brösarp, Ravlundabro, Vitaby and S:t Olof, all of which are picturesque and quaint little villages well worth a visit. If you catch the train on a Sunday you can book a table in the restaurant car and enjoy a delicious three meal course en route.

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Cineteket - a movie museum in Ystad

Cineteket - a movie museum in Ystad

Few people have missed the thrilling murder mysteries solved by Inspector Kurt Wallander, a series of books and murders that has put Ystad in southern Skåne on the map of nordic crime noir. Cineteket is a museum honoring this popular series and movie making in general, giving visitors a chance to see film presentations, try their hand at making their own animations, meet the people behind the films, have a go at trick filming and much more.

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Ystad Animal Park – exotic animals

Ystad Animal Park – exotic animals

In the undulating countryside west of Ystad, you can see around 60 different species of animals from around the world: zebras, lemurs, camels, monkeys, birds and reptiles. For younger visitors, there’s also a pet’s corner, pony riding, a playground and a heated pool with a children’s pool for those days when it’s too cold to swim in the sea.

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Nordic Sea Winery

Nordic Sea Winery

This ultra-modern winery resembles a giant wine barrel. Drop into the restaurant for exquisite wines and excellent food; or try out the guided tour to follow the process from picked grapes, manufacturing, bottling, to savouring in the wine bar. Nordic Sea Winery aims to produce affordable wines of consistent quality. Relax with a glass outdoors on lazy summer days, and buy delicacies and gifts from the shop.

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Highlights in the Southeast

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