White sandy beaches, the sound of seagulls and the smell of pine trees. The beaches of Skåne in southern Sweden offer everything the Riviera has, but without the people. 

Skåne has a coastal landscape consisting of sandy beaches with plenty of great places to swim. Here are a few of the best beaches to choose from. Don’t forget your sunscreen. 

Beach weather and temperatures in Skåne

Sweden is a Nordic country, but since Skåne is in the very south, the bathing season is longer than in the rest of the country. The first brave swimmers have dipped their toes before the end of May, and in June the true summer season begins. July, August and September are the warmest months, where temperatures stay over 20 degrees Celsius. The water temperatures vary depending on location, weather and currents, but through August to mid-September it is lovely to swim wherever you go.

Ribersborg, beach life in central Malmö

Ribersborg, beach life in central Malmö

Combine city life with beach life at Ribersborg, close to the centre of town. This is a shallow, 2½ km long sandy beach where you can dive from one of the 10 docs or run in from the beach. This family friendly beach is perfect for warm summer days, with facilities such as toilets and cafés at hand. There’s a large playground and an open-air swimming-bath with saunas and a lunch restaurant.

Täppet in Åhus, a popular beach on the east coast

Täppet in Åhus, a popular beach on the east coast

This is one of the most popular beaches of the east coast of Skåne. The shallow water is perfect for families with small children, and the sands white and soft.
Tappet is part of a 40-km long stretch of coastline locally known as Ålakusten, the Eel’s coast, extending from the city of Kristianstad to Österlen and the solid rocky outcrops of Stenshuvud.
Eel fishing and the eel huts have given the coastline its name. As soon as the sun comes out, the beach is crowded with bathers. There are toilets and cafés in the area.

Mälarhusen and Sandhammaren, large, white sand dunes that go on and on

Mälarhusen and Sandhammaren, large, white sand dunes that go on and on

This beach is one of the best beaches in Sweden, long, wide, and stretches from the small fishing village of Skillinge in the north to Löderup in the south.
The high dunes of fine white sand let you find your own protected spot to picnic, and the soft sand makes this a lovely beach for bathing.
Beware. Certain weathers can produce dangerous undercurrents. Be sure to check the sign with warnings and information when you park your car. Part of the stretch, around Hagestad, is an unsigned naturist beach.

Skanör – Falsterbo, blue skies and candy-coloured bathing huts

Skanör – Falsterbo, blue skies and candy-coloured bathing huts

On the Skanör-Falsterbo peninsula south of Malmö, the beaches are several kilometres long with a picturesque array of caramel-coloured bathing huts parading the dunes. Most bathers visit Kämpinge in the east and the crowds diminish further west, via Ljunghusen all the way to Falsterbo and Skanör. Lunch or snack at the popular Badhytten restaurant on the beach in Skanör.

Lomma – Bjärred

Lomma – Bjärred

Lomma beach, just outside of Malmö, is a favourite for families with young children. The narrow beach and shallow waters are child friendly. The long pier, Långa Bryggan, seems to stretch over to Denmark. There are new open-air swimming baths and an elegant restaurant at the end of the pier.

Helsingborg, city beaches in the middle of Scandinavia.

Helsingborg, city beaches in the middle of Scandinavia.

Helsingborg is right by the sea, with a wide variety of beaches. Fortunabadet is in the south, followed by Rydebäcksbadet, next to Örby Ängar, a beach area stretching for several kilometres with fine sand and green fields behind it.
Råå vallar in the north is one of the town’s finest and largest beaches. The most central bathing area in Helsingborg is the Parapeten-badet, by the harbour pier with the same name. Swim with a view of the ferry traffic between Helsingborg and Helsingør, over to Hamlet’s castle in Denmark.

Mölle, a popular seaside resort

Mölle, a popular seaside resort

The picturesque little fishing village of Mölle at the end of the Kullahalvön peninsula in northwest Skåne developed into one of Sweden's first seaside resorts in the1890s.
In those days, Mölle became known as a den of iniquity, as women and men bathed together, something that was unthinkable to most people at that time. Mölle is still a popular seaside resort, although today mostly known for its beautiful, sandy beach.

Rörum beach, an exotic gem

Rörum beach, an exotic gem

The beach at Knäbäckshusen, just a stone’s throw from Stenshuvud National Park, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Skåne.
Stretching from Lilla Vik in the north to Stenshuvud in the south, its large sand dunes provide a sense of seclusion, and the pine trees stretching like palm trees towards the sea give an exotic atmosphere.
In high season from late June and July, you can find a private spot to the north, towards the mouth of the Rörum brook, where there is always plenty of space. Beware. Strong underwater currents form here in some weathers.

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