Cycling in Skåne – a holiday for everyone  

The topography and climate of Skåne is a biker’s dream. The network of public transport lets riders bring their bikes on board and the variety of the landscape offers excellent opportunities for amateurs as well as for seasoned enthusiasts. 

Outside urban areas is a tightly knit network of roads, many of which are hardly used by motorists at all. And there are many bike trails completely free from cars. 

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Combine laid-back pedaling through fields and meadows with challenging hillside rides along the coasts, and intense nature experiences in the deep forests and national parks. Skåne has something to offer for every taste and level of skill. Keep reading for some of the best bike trails in Skåne.

Couple pointing the horizon by a harbour
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Admire the view from the many quaint fishing villages along the coast.
Biking though tree alleys in Skåne
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Pedal through an everchanging landscape in Skåne.
Couple checking a biking map
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Most of the trails consist of car-free cycle paths.
Map over Kattegattleden.
Map over Kattegattleden trail.

Kattegattleden – a bike trail along the west coast

The coastline trail Kattegattleden was Sweden’s first national tourist bicycle route. It stretches along the west coast of Sweden from Helsingborg – one of the oldest and largest cities in Skåne – up to Gothenburg, Sweden’s second biggest city. The trail offers uninterrupted beautiful scenery for almost 400 kilometres. Most of it is free from cars and you pass dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and picturesque villages. 

There are many sites worth visiting along the way, such as the beautiful Sofiero Castle, the Kullaberg National Park and the Upzone adventure park

The route is also lined with a string of cafés and restaurants, and you can choose from a number of accommodation options including camping, bed & breakfasts and hotels.  

To follow Kattegattleden, look for the red and white signs marked with number 1.

Couple having a break by the sea after biking
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You will pass dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and picturesque villages.
Biking at Kattegatsleden
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Kattegattleden.
Follow the red and white signs at Kattegattleden.
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Follow the red and white signs and you will have no trouble finding your way.
Map over Sydostleden.
Map over Sydostleden trail.

Sydostleden – the southeastern trail

Sydostleden is one of Sweden’s national biking trails stretching 300 kilometres. The trail starts (or ends) in southeastern Skåne, in the quaint town of Simrishamn, and takes you through an ever-changing landscape to the city of Växjö in the neighbouring province of Småland. 

In Skåne you pass through the apple orchards of Kivik, where you can stop and sample apple cider, before continuing through picturesque farmlands, pastures and forests. The route offers wonderful views of the natural and cultural landscapes of Skåne. 

Stop by Hallamölla Waterfalls, Skåne's highest falls with a vertical drop of 23 metres, and its well-preserved mill,  The sandy beaches in Skåne followed by the archipelago in Blekinge and the deep forests of Småland makes this bike trail unique. 

Sydostleden is an easily accessible and traffic-safe route packed with cultural experiences and stunning nature. Most of the trail consists of car-free cycle paths and the entire route is marked with red and white signs and the number 2.

Biking at Österlen
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Biking along Sydostleden at Österlen.
Couple taking a dip after biking
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Enjoy a refreshing dip!

Ven – a paradise island for biking

The small island of Ven is in the middle of the Öresund, the waters that part Skåne from Denmark. 

Man biking through the fields on the island of Ven
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Enjoying the colours of Ven on a bike

Ven has been a classic biking destination for decades and offers biking in beautiful, family- friendly surroundings. Cosy villages, quaint cottages, hills, meadows and dramatic cliffs that drop straight into the sea makes this a perfect venue for day excursions. 

Arrive by boat from Landskrona and follow people up the hill to the bike rental facility with its characteristic yellow bicycles. Opt for a regular bike, tandem, bike with a trailer or an ordinary two-wheeler. Stop for ice cream at the ice cream factory across the road.  

Family biking along the sea on Ven
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Ven's seaview will impress you

All in all, Skåne offers bike-friendly conditions, accessible cycle paths supported by a good public transportation system and lots of small, friendly places offering food and accommodation. A biking vacation in this beautiful part of Sweden will leave you wanting more. Happy biking.

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