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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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SKÅNE'S OWN PIECE OF PARADISE
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 and Tomelilla. 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.