FOR PEOPLE WITH A PASSION FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If you like having your sense of wonder awakened, then wake up here. Northwest Skåne is the land of steep cliffs to scale, spectacular caves to explore, waves that whip off surfboards and hilly, wooded landscapes for long trekking or adrenaline-filled mountain biking. A hundred years or so ago, this area was known for “the Swedish Sin”, when people came from all over Europe to enjoy mixed-sex bathing in striped costumes. Today, the coastline attract surfers and kayakers who paddle and surf the Öresund waters, or canoe in the many inland lakes.
BREATHTAKING NATURE SPOTS
Northwest Skåne really has it all – the rocky coast, the white sand beaches, lush beech forests and coastal meadows with grazing sheep. Those who prefer craggy rocks and steep cliffs should visit the Kullaberg Nature Reserve on the Kullaberg peninsula that offer superb views over the Kattegatt sea to the island of Ven and Denmark. Formed when the earth rose from the sea, this area of quartz and crystals rises more that 180 meters. Explore the more than twenty caves along the coastline, or climb the cliffs for an adrenaline rush. There are several companies offering guided climbs and cave exploration.
If you prefer lush vegetation you can traverse the ridges, and survey the dramatic valleys and flowing streams of Söderåsen National Park, an area of breathtaking views. When you hike or stroll here, you’re walking through one of northern Europe’s largest protected natural broadleaf forests. The area is known for more activities than hiking, go fishing, bird watching, mountainbiking, horse back riding or rock climbing. While you’re here, check out the Nimis artwork, a famous installation by the artist Lars Vilks which is a collection of bridges, tunnels and lookout towers created from driftwood. Be careful though, the path down to Nimis is steep and slippery when wet.
Or revel in the stark beauty of Hov’s Hallar, the steepest coastal part of the Bjäre peninsula. Film buffs will recognise this as the place of the famous scene from Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal” where Max von Sydow plays chess with death at sunrise. Explore the lovely beaches and caves, laze on your own sun-warmed rock, or take in the exciting paths and magical views towards the bay of Laholm.
CITIES AND AREAS WORTH A MENTION
Skåne’s second largest city offers a mix of metropolitan big city and charming idyllic small town. It’s full of history: ancient and modern, Danish and Swedish. Stroll through the boutiques and shopping centres, unwind at one of the cosy restaurants or survey the architecture, from Middle Ages to modern functional. Drop in at Dunkers arts centre, with art gallery, urban and cultural history exhibitions, music and theatre, as well as an excellent restaurant.
Located an hour or so north of Malmö, the small seaside town of Båstad is nestled in a picturesque bay on Sweden’s Kattegat coastline and known as the home of the Sweden Open tennis tournament held each year since 1948 which sees thousands flock to the town. Despite its small size, the community is home to a number of cultural events including the Båstad Chamber Music Festival and The Little Film Festival, while additional charm comes in the form of sights like the beautiful Romanesque-style Båstad Church built in the 15th century.
This quaint fishing village at the foot of Kullaberg became famous at the end of the 19th century as Sweden’s first common bathing area, where men and women in striped swimsuits jumped in the sea. Coining the idea of “sin in Mölle”, it became an international sensation, attracting the curious and adventurous from as far as Berlin, which had a regular train service. Feeling sinful yourself? Why not check into the Grand Hotel and gorge on masses of organic food inspired by the sea, or just chill for the weekend.