Kivik is famous nationwide for its apple orchards so you will get a special experience if you come when they are in bloom in late May, or in late September during the harvest and apple market in the harbour. The apple house, next to the Kivik fruit drink factory in nearby Karakås, is like a museum on what you can make with apples, its history and...more
Another of those cosy seaside villages with pretty houses that the region is famous for. Baskemölla is quiet, without any shops, but has a hostel and a very nice restaurant in an old farmhouse which doubles as the hub for the Art exhibition Round in the region around Easter every year. You can also stroll around in the seaside meadow nature reserve...more
These stones are so famous you may already have seen them on my Sweden and Ystad pages and I have started on a separate page about their village - Kåseberga. So far not with much more info than here but I hope to remedy that. Kåseberga belongs to the eastern Ystad area, which is a part of Österlen, so they deserve mentioning everywhere. No one...more
Probably the best kept medieval fortress in Scandinavia, Glimmingehus, from 1499, today hosts medieval days, theme days about certain historical topics, and general guided tours as well as ghost walks. Summertime there is a good restaurant here too. It's not a huge impressive castle by any means but what is interesting with it is its odd features...more
Stenshuvud is one of the smallest national parks in Sweden, but then it is competing with the vast spaces of the highlands! It has a nature exhibition and paths through meadows with unusual plants and frogs, down to a great beach. Who needs Thailand?! From the beach, you have a great view up to the "headland" at the top. There is also a famous café...more
Well, not really but it is said that they still hold secret meetings here at Backåkra now and again. The reason is that this was the favourite retreat for former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskiöld when he could no longer stay at Abisko in Lappland (had to be close to an airport serving New York) so he often took guests here. When he tragically...more
There are several rock carvings in the area, showing that people have inhabited this part of Scandinavia for a long time. Fishing has been good and the landscape gentle. The most famous rock carvings are maybe these ones, just a couple of kilometres south of Simrishamn town centre. There are others in the village of Gladsax.more
One of many gems around the coast and not completely off the beaten path since its 1000 locals see a considerable addition in summer but nevertheless not the first village people consider for a stay. Skillinge once had one of the largest fishing fleets in Sweden and today, some have still kept their ships but face difficulties with new regulations...more
Tjörnedala is the farm where Östelen Art Society have its exhibitions so you will find artists and people who like to know them here but also biking parties and food lovers. Also people from the hostel across the road. The restaurant is in a listed building and with great antique interior. On the menu you will find wild boar, lamb and similar local...more
There is a bus from Lund a few times a day, and if you come from the near north, buses from Kristianstad (via several of the nice villages) is your best bet. Finally, you can also get here by bus from the ferries to Ystad. All this is easier on weekdays than weekends (with three or so buses on a Saturday) but still possible as long as you plan. The...more
Getting around is perfectly OK by public transport Monday to Friday, but this unfortunately changes weekends when YOU are off :-) There are some local buses like between Ystad and Simrishamn along the coast, and Simrishamn to Kristianstad passing some nice villages, but having your own car is a lot easier, especially as some sights are in tiny...more
Whichever road you drive down on Österlen, every other farm seems to have a sign saying gallery, art ("konst") or handicraft. Stop at the ones you fancy and see if you find something. Personally, I like Ann-Margret's gallery in Baskemölla. She does oil paintings of animals for instance. There are of course loads and loads of water colourings of the local landscape...
Apart from paintings, you will find pottery and wooden sailing ships galore.
What to pay: anything
Every Easter, the roads on ?sterlen are packed with people wanting to make a bargain or simply see some art. This is when the art round takes place and all the galleries are open at the same time. There is no possibility to visit them all and you will see anything from pure c**p to masterpieces. In the picture is Tj?rnedala Farm in Baskem?lla which...more
It is not dangerous to swim on the Österlen beaches but DO read the warning signs for where you can and cannot swim and where there are currents (esp. Sandhammaren and Knäbäckshusen). The signs are there for your own safety.
Fairly flat and by the sea, you may want to bring a windproof jacket. If you will bike a lot, consider suitable clothes.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swim gear for all your beach stops :-)
At Tjörnedala gallery and inn at Baskemölla, you can park your car or bike and wander down the fields to the sea. There you are met by a rocky shore with interesting geology and a great view towards Stenshuvud. There is also a walking path that takes you to Baskemölla harbour and even on to Simrishamn should you want to walk the whole 6 km. along...more
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Several people arrange "trolling" tours from for instance Simrishamn harbour. Check at your local hotel or hostel which will usually have notes about available tours. Then come back to fillet your mega salmon in the harbour to the admiration of other tourists :-) Otherwise, ask the owner of this huge net requiring a tractor if he will take you on...more
Go riding in the gorgeous landscape. From 2 hrs up to whole days depending on where you go. Usually with reliable little Icelandic horses (which are for adults despite their size) but there is also a Haflinger farm and a place with Swedish warmbloods. Some cater for beginners and some not. A hard hat is included in the price. Just bring sensible...more
The coastal road between Ystad and Simrishamn is a must. Starting with Ale stenar, then Backåkra (see separate entry and this picture), Sandhammaren, Skillinge, Brantevik and finally, Simrishamn. Then again, the northern road to Stenshuvud, then Kivik, Brösarp...oh dear, lost in a picturesque village again! :-)))
Fondest memory: Walking around Skillinge with a friend who grew up there, listening to stories about fishing and shipping...seeing the headland of Stenshuvud appear for the first time...dreaming about farms I will never own.