Yes, apart from having a beach, there is also a pool area in the village, at just a short distance from the campsite. It has a 50 metre pool, as well as a children's pool and a water slide. Not big but OK if you are a family with kids. There is a kiosk with fast food at the entrance.more
I have not been to this, but no page on Hällevik would be complete without mentioning the trad jazz festival that has taken place one of the first August weekends annually since 2004. It is the only regular New Orleans inspired festival in the far south of Sweden and increasingly popular so booking accommodation in advance is a must. The programme...more
Hällevik, with a history starting in the 13th century, is well know for those of us who like fish since the Hanö Bay fishermen have got quite a reputation for smoked salmon in particular, and that you can find in several Swedish supermarket chains. Having said that, it is nicer to come here and try more local stuff too. The village houses around...more
Hanöhus is a hotel (see tip) with its own restaurant open to anyone. I have never eaten here since I was more tempted by the smoked fish in the harbour than I was of typical Swedish versions of steakhouse stuff, medallions of pork and so on. However, I still want to recommend this place just for having a drink with a nice seaview. In fact,...more
In the harbour Hennings fish smoking business is one of the main features, and Henning's children wanted to be in on the action too so they started a restaurant in the same building some years ago which has since become so successful that it needs expanding. Still, it will be kept in the same cosy style as before and this means rustic wooden...more
Hällevik is not the easiest to get to without a car. Yes, Blekingetrafiken run buses from Sölvesborg, the nearest town and easily reached by train from Copenhagen/Malmö and Karlskrona, but those are few and far in between. The easiest is therefore to use your own car or possibly bike since there are nice countryside lanes out here even if not a lot of separate bike paths. As for us, we took a taxi...
As said earlier, smoked fish is what Hällevik is known for and Hennings is the most well-known place to buy it at if you are a small consumer, since the smoke-house is right in the harbour and easy to find, With restaurant Dagmar's next door (see tip), you can try things there first if you're so inclined. There is all sorts of fish for sale so as long as you eat fish at all, you are sure to find something you like.
For some reason, Mjällby AIF football club does not have its home in neighbouring Mjällby at all, but here in Hällevik. I guess it could be named after the parish rather than village, but it could also be because it was formed in 1939 by a merger and one of the merging clubs was Hälleviks IF. Today Christian "Chippen" Wilhelmsson and Tobias Linderoth are just two national Swedish players with a Mjällby background.
Strandvallen is the name of the ground and it is one of the smallest in the Swedish premier league (when Mjällby is up there) but also one of the cutest and most popular due to the almost seaside location and friendliness.
If you want to see a game here, you can get to the ground by special match buses from Sölvesborg and Karlshamn which makes it easier than to wait for the irregular local buses out here (call Blekingetrafiken public transport on +46 (0)455-569 00 if you need info).
Beyond the camp site, there are meadows along the shoreline which you can walk on and study birds and plants, or just meander along and enjoy the sea views. Summertime friendly cows graze parts of the area so just watch where you put your feet. The birdlife is quite intense at certain times of the year and apart from their noise, it is a very tranquil place in the world. You can reach it from several places in the campground itself as there are steeples to climb to get in, but you can also reach it from the main road behind the site.
Fondest memory: Being in this area around dusk in summer is very nice, when the seagulls argue the way seagulls do before settling for the night, and the last bit of sunshine leaves...