I don't have a picture of the sculpture, but yes, Uma's granny was the model for it, and she stands here in Smygehuk. She was in fact the daughter of the Trelleborg factory director and originally the sculpture was put in Trelleborg harbour but it was moved here when the harbour needed expanding. Oprah Winfrey show apparently called the tourist office in Trelleborg to get further info for interviewing Uma...
Not the highest lighthouse you will ever have seen, but still nice, and you can climb it for a good view of the harbour and surrounding countryside. It was built in the 19th century but closed late in the 20th. Today, it works again but only for pleasure boats as the busy Trelleborg harbour nearby is in need of much more.
There is a small museum in the cottage beneath the lighthouse. It's full of maritime trinkets and if it happens to be closed, just go through the gates on the seaside end of the garden and call out for the neighbour who will come and show it to you! :-)
Everything seems to come in pairs in Smygehamn and this is no exeption. Between the warehouse and the Land's End signs is a small hill with a burial mound showing that people have lived here for centuries. More eye catching is the white lime kiln next to it, showing 19th century local industry.
There are several food establishments in this little village, but these two, side by side, are nice as they have a seaview and you can sit outside with your fare. In the fish smokery, this will be a selection of different smoked eels, herring sandwiches and other delicacies, and in the cafe, you will find a selection of Swedish cakes, but also meat and cheese sandwiches if fish isn't your thing.
Favorite Dish: Most smoked fish :-)
Getting to Smygehamn is not difficult with your own car. Just follow the coastal road east towards Ystad when in Trelleborg. If you don't have a car, there are a few buses a day from Trelleborg bus station and harbour.
The whole of Smygehamn being a bit of a tourist trap, it is nevertheless a nice one! There are several shops where you can buy local handicraft such as iron candle holders, geese (the local Scanian souvenir) and maritime trinkets. There is also this huge, nice 19th century warehouse along the beach, a remnant of the Napoleonic wars. Here you will find the tourist office with postcards and the cheapest coffee in the village, along with some stylish clothes etc. There is also a small animal enclosure outside it, with rabbits and birds which is ideal if you have children (just don't let them play with the non social geese not penned in). You can put up a tent or your campervan on the parking space nearby - just don't expect too many amenities as it's not a campsite as such.
Maybe not the first place I would recommend for sailing in Sweden, but good enough. Then rest for a while in the little harbour, stocking up on smoked fish :-)
Smygehamn has a looong but rocky beach. Most fun can be had on it by collecting the most amazingly weird shaped stones, since this is lime and flint country and stones have holes and odd forms :-)
Fondest memory: Messing around on the beach throwing pebbles...no climbing the lighthouse...or maybe the nice coffee...