Skåne, in southern Sweden, offers everything: stunning nature, beautiful beaches, rich history, and a lively city vibe from Malmö, the third largest city.
Introduction to Skåne
Skåne County, also known as Scania County, is Sweden’s southernmost county. It borders Halland, Kronoberg, and Blekinge, and connects to Denmark via the Öresund Bridge. The county was formed in 1997 by merging Kristianstad County and Malmöhus County. With 1.3 million inhabitants, it makes up 13% of Sweden’s population. The seat of the Skåne Governor is Malmö, and the Skåne Regional Council is headquartered in Kristianstad and Malmö. Prince Oscar holds the title of Duke of Skåne.
Visit to Skåne
The Capital, Malmö takes pride in having the highest number of restaurants per capita in Sweden, which can be attributed in part to its youthful population, with nearly half of its residents being under the age of 35. In the vibrant areas of Möllevångstorget and Davidshallstorg, young entrepreneurs who own restaurants and bistros creatively blend influences from various countries such as France, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Iran, and more.
Malmö offers a delightful fusion of Scandinavian cuisine and oriental flavors. Notably, Restaurang Vollmers, a renowned establishment, has been awarded two Michelin stars, showcasing the city’s commitment to culinary excellence. On the other end of the spectrum, Malmö holds the distinction of being Sweden’s falafel capital, catering to a range of tastes and budgets with exceptional fast food options.
Lund offers a blend of contrasts, with its charming cobblestone streets and historic half-timbered houses juxtaposed against globally renowned companies and institutions. It is said that even a lifetime in Lund may not unveil all of its remarkable sites and architectural marvels. Additionally, the city is nestled amidst picturesque plains, captivating beech forests, and golden canola fields, providing an opportunity to seamlessly combine outdoor activities such as biking and hiking with the vibrant city life.
Kristianstad holds the distinction of being the largest city in the region and the fourth largest in Skåne. Trefaldighetskyrkan, located just across from the railway station, is renowned as the most exquisite Renaissance church in the Nordic countries. Film enthusiasts can indulge their passion by visiting Filmmuseet (the Film Museum), where they can witness the history of the Swedish film industry through illuminating displays of lights, cameras, and captivating moments from the early days of cinema.
Northwest Skåne offers breathtaking countryside scenery, including the Kullaberg Nature Reserve with its striking cliffs and caves. Nimis, an artistic installation made of driftwood, and Söderåsen National Park with its diverse outdoor activities are also worth exploring. Hov’s Hallar on the Bjäre peninsula provides stunning coastal views and a connection to Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal.” Helsingborg, the second-largest city in Skåne, combines city charm with a village atmosphere, showcasing historical sites, shopping, and the cultural hub of Dunkers arts center.
If you’re searching for tranquil swimming spots, Central Skåne is the ideal destination. You’ll discover a selection of charming lakes, including Dagtorpssjön, Kvesarumssjön, Ringsjön, Sätoftasjön, Tjörnarpasjön, and Vaxsjön, all of which offer pristine waters and excellent opportunities for swimming. Some of these lakes even feature sandy beaches, perfect for children to enjoy and play on.
In Höör, there is an indoor swimming pool that boasts a children’s lagoon, waterslides, and a space ball, providing endless fun for younger visitors. Hörby offers both an outdoor and indoor pool, complete with water slides, diving boards, climbing walls, and a captivating light room. At Eslöv adventure swimming pool, visitors can experience the thrill of a wave machine and four exciting water slides.
Skanör and Falsterbo, two medieval towns, are connected on the elongated reef-like western section of the Falsterbo Peninsula. Over countless years, the forces of nature have shaped this area into a truly stunning location, attracting migrating birds, swimming seals, and offering people the opportunity to unwind on the magnificent white beaches or stroll along the dunes. Additionally, it is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts, as three of Sweden’s finest courses are located just a short distance apart. The region is predominantly flat, making it an ideal place for exploration by bicycle.
During your stay in Skanör, take pleasure in savoring a refreshing cocktail at Badhytten in the harbor, and indulge in a delicious Da Aldo ice cream from one of the nearby shops or kiosks.
In Southeast, Österlen hosts exciting events and festivals from spring to autumn. Konstrundan is a large art exhibition where local artists open their studios. Matrundan is a culinary journey featuring Österlen’s food producers. Österlen lyser is a light festival with illuminations, food, and entertainment. The apple market in Kivik showcases diverse apple flavors and offers fun activities.
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How to Get to Skåne (Scania)
The county is conveniently accessible by train or car from Denmark and the rest of Europe. Ferry options include Stena Line from Rostock to Trelleborg and Finnlines from Travemünde to Malmö. For air travel, you can fly to Malmö Airport or Copenhagen Airport and continue by train via SJ.
- The Skåneleden trail spans 1,300 km, allowing you to explore the diverse landscapes of Skåne. The Skåneleden trails offer a diverse range of breathtaking landscapes and sensory experiences. From the mysterious depths of dense primeval forests to the majestic presence of megalithic monuments, and the vibrant golden hues of rapeseed fields, you will encounter stunning beauty in a multitude of magnificent locations.
- Immerse yourself in the world of fictional police inspector Kurt Wallander by taking part in the Wallander’s Ystad tour in the town of Ystad. Within the vicinity, you can find notable landmarks such as St. Mary’s Church and the Old Town Hall, also known as Gamla Rådhuset. The area surrounding Stortorget offers a variety of shopping streets featuring specialized stores and restaurants. For lunch, you can indulge in a delightful meal within the spacious and charming inner courtyard of a café situated in the city center. The café’s name is Bäckahästen Kaffestugan, located at Lilla Östergatan 6. Towards the eastern end of the bustling Stora Östergatan shopping street, you’ll come across an entire neighborhood characterized by beautifully renovated half-timbered houses. This area, known as Per Helsas gård, showcases a careful blend of modernization while preserving its historical charm. Here, you can explore a variety of cafes and shops offering handicrafts and fashion items.
- Experience the best-preserved medieval manor in Scandinavia at Glimmingehus, where you can delve into the rich history of the region. Constructed in 1499 to serve as the dwelling of a Danish knight and his household, Glimmingehus stands as the most well-preserved medieval castle in Sweden. Embark on a guided tour that will lead you through hidden passageways, allowing you to admire the architectural elements crafted to deter unwelcome visitors. Additionally, you can test your skills by utilizing the antique tools found in the castle’s courtyard.
- Discover the enchanting island of Ven by renting a bike at the ferry location. Enjoy breathtaking views as you explore the island on two wheels. This scenic island also known as Hven in Danish and with the older Swedish spelling Hven, is a small Swedish island situated in the Øresund strait, positioned between Scania and Zealand in Denmark. It falls within the jurisdiction of Landskrona Municipality. The island spans an area of 7.5 square kilometers (2.9 square miles) and is home to a population of 371 residents. In the 1930s, the island reached its peak population of around 1,300 individuals. Four villages are located on the island, namely Bäckviken, Tuna By, Norreborg, and Kyrkbacken. Ven is renowned for being the site of Tycho Brahe’s observatories, which were active during the 16th century.
Where to Stay
Our Recommendation: Statt Hassleholm BW Signature Collection (Hässleholm)