Here is a list of the very cream of Skåne: unmissable experiences, places you simply must visit and views that have to be seen to be believed. How many can you tick off?
Ales Stenar is one of Skåne’s most popular tourist attractions. The ancient monument rises up majestically on the ridge above the quaint fishing village of Kåseberga, and consists of 59 upright blocks of stone, positioned in the shape of an enormous ship.
The Turning Torso is the Nordic region’s tallest skyscraper, and was designed and built by architect Santiago Calatrava. This striking building is Malmö’s new landmark, and has become a popular destination.
The Öresund Bridge is a 16 kilometre long link between Malmö and Copenhagen, consisting of a motorway, a railway, a bridge and a tunnel. The bridge has become an important part of the Öresund region, and the bridge footings in Malmö are a popular spot for watching the sunset.
Sofiero was named Europe’s most beautiful palace in 2010. The magnificent grounds and garden are popular with tourists and locals alike during the summer. Here you will find everything from a cascade of colourful flowers to summer concerts, a café and a restaurant.
Bosjökloster is a beautiful castle with a delightfully fragrant rose garden. Here you will find art exhibitions, a 12th century church, a herb garden, dazzling floral gardens, a park with a grazing meadows and a thousand-year-old oak tree – said to be the oldest living oak in Skåne. Borrow a rowing boat for a trip on the lake. Bosjökloster has something for the whole family! Eat at the restaurant, or bring a picnic.
Malmö Museums are located in the Nordic region’s oldest preserved renaissance castle, Malmöhus Castle. There’s also an aquarium and exhibitions about the history of the region, the diversity of nature and the geology of Skåne.
Lund Cathedral is Sweden’s most visited church, drawing over 700,000 visitors and 85,000 worshippers every year. It was consecrated in 1145, and is regarded as one of the finest sights in the whole of Sweden.
Sandhammaren’s long, fine-grained, white sandy beach has often been named Sweden’s best beach. This enormous sandpit is perfect for playing on the beach or in the water on hot summer days, or for fantastic walks.
Wanås is where art, nature and history come together. Wanås consists of a castle, an organic farm, an art gallery and a sculpture park with a permanent collection of more than 50 works, as well as a shop and a café.
Kivik Market takes place each July, attracting over 100,000 people. This hugely popular event includes the world’s largest work of apple art, tastings, variety identification and factory tours at Äppelriket.
Hven is a small island between Landskrona and Denmark. According to legend, it was created when a giant threw a lump of earth into the sea. But the island is probably best known for its beauty. And beauty should be admired slowly, ideally at a cycling pace.
Absolut Vodka Åhus, on the east coast of Skåne, is home to vodka producer Absolut. The company was founded in 1979, and has become one of Sweden’s best known brands. Here you can take a tour of the Absolut distillery and watch a unique show about this Swedish success story.
The Brösarp hills are, for many people, the visual image of Österlen. With views of apple blossom and the Baltic Sea, as the steam train whistles its way past, it’s easy to imagine that you’re in another world.
Ramlösa bottled mineral water originates from Ramlösa Spa Park. Wander around the walks, and sample the iron-rich water at the source.
Hovs Hallar is the steepest coastal section of the Bjäre Peninsula, and has been described as a magical, almost otherworldly place. The shore is lined with fantastic rocky beaches and caves.
Kullaberg is an area of northwest Skåne where you can wander among dramatic, unspoilt scenery. Kullaberg Nature Reserve is also ideal of fishing, bird-watching, diving and climbing.
Smygehuk is the southernmost tip of Sweden, east of Trelleborg. This flat sandy spit of land is surrounded by stony beaches. This is the furthest south you can go without getting your feet wet.
The Skåneleden Trail has five sections, giving you the opportunity to experience the varying scenery and rich cultural heritage of Skåne. Choose between 80 stages and explore the countryside of Skåne with a day’s hike or a longer expedition.