Ystad Saltjöbad
Cyklister Foto: Thorsten Persson

Herring Day, Simrishamn

Sillens dag, Simrishamn
Ales stenar foto: Annika Thunström
Hiking Ystad and Österlen

Southeastern Skåne with Österlen

Southeastern Skåne is a small holiday paradise. From Haväng in the north to Ystad in the south the coastline is more than 800 kilometres long. Glittering ocean and golden sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Here you can find hiking trails that are attractive all year round: Through blossoming apple orchards in springtime, along fields of yellow rape during the summer or in a landscape of changing colours in autumn. 

This is a paradise for the nature lover, with plenty of hiking trails. Here nature is never difficult to access. Just enjoyable. The hiking trail Österlenleden, for example, takes you from the coast to the interior of Skåne with its unique flora and fauna as well as its quiet lakes with good possibilities for fishing. The national bicycle route Sydostleden passes several of the area’s cultural heritage sites, beautiful nature reserves and Sweden’s southernmost national park, Stenshuvud. The national bicycle route Sydkustleden follows the coast from Simrishamn all the way to Helsingborg.

With all due respect to nature, though, accommodation and food is also important! There is a choice broad enough to suit all tastes and budgets. From oceanfront camping with sand between your toes to exclusive hotels with award-winning spas. Every little Bed & Breakfast is unique and reflects the owner’s passion for the area.

On the culinary front, there are fine dining, Michelin-starred restaurants and Toscana-style pizzerias with rustic wooden tables and fairy lights at night. As well as raw food cafés for the conscious eater. Ecological and locally produced have long been words of honour and guided food tours are being arranged for those who want to get really close to the producers. Especially delicious food experiences are the Asparagus Days, the Matrundan Food Tour and Skånes Food Festival in May as well as Kivik’s Apple Market and the harvest festivals in September. 

The best corner of Skåne 

offer a wide range of unique and enjoyable experiences. Here is a small selection of many things to see and do. Which will be your favourite gems? 

Here boasts an extensive coastline, which is ideal for all manner of activities by, on or in the water. Why not go on a guided fishing trip by boat and try catching a huge salmon or cod? 

Southeast Skåne offers year-round activities. From relaxing trolley and canoe tours during the summer to yoga classes and retreats during autumn and winter. From exciting jeep rallies and wakeboard surfing in summertime to New Year dips and raft sauna during the winter. Golf can be played practically the whole year round. 

Step back through history as you enter the well preserved 18th century Christinehof Slott, or experience life as a knight at the mediaeval castle of Glimmingehus. See illuminated rock carvings after nightfall near Simrishamn, find out about the life in the 13th century at The monastery in Ystad or step inside the stone block walls of Sweden´s  widest tomb cairns  from the Bronze Age in Kivik, Kiviksgraven. 

The area is family friendly with a good opportunity to do things together. See exciting animals at Ystad Zoo, do some trolley ride, hike at Stenshuvud National park, visit Tomelilla Summerpark with its waterpark, carousels and many other exciting activities

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