Skane (pronounced ‘Skorr-ner’) is Sweden’s southernmost region and is geographically closer to Denmark than to much of the rest of Sweden, such that its heritage, especially that of the capital Malmo, has been largely influenced by its southern neighbour.
Climate And Landscape
This fascinating area has a mild climate and an ambience more reminiscent of the South of France than what is often perceived of Sweden. In terms of landscape, Skane is characterised by its rolling farmland, beechwood forests and and attractive and accessible coastline. The pace of life in Skane is conducive to relaxation – dipping in and out of local galleries and workshops, enjoying scenic strolls and and leisurely activities.
The vibrant city of Malmo which was given a new lease of life with the opening of the Oresund Bridge, physically linking Sweden to Denmark. Malmo has a buzzing café culture and many examples of architecture both traditional and modern in style. You can’t help but be ‘wowed’ by the Turning Torso tower which is now a true landmark of the city and a sign of its regeneration.
The northwest of Skane boasts a rugged coastline, with two peninsulas just crying out to be explored, whether on foot, or by bicycle. Kullaberg with it’s gently undulating hills offers amazing vistas and is home to one of Sweden’s most dramatic and controversial sculptures, Nimis. Constructed out of driftwood by artist Lars Vilks, it is huge and labyrinthine creation that has become a popular tourist attraction. Bjare Peninsula to the north is more rugged but has a natural beauty that deserves exploration.
The pretty market town of Ystad is a joy to explore with quaint cobbled streets and a picture-perfect central square. This is the perfect base from which to explore the striking Osterlen region including Sweden’s version of Stonehenge, Ales Stenar. This area has provided much inspiration for artists and writers, including Henning Mankell the creator of Wallander. Indeed, it is possible to join a tour around the places featured in the televised series of the detective novels.
It is a region forever building on its reputation as a quality destination, especially with regard to its cuisine. The climate provides perfect conditions to grow top quality produce which is then beautifully prepared bypassionate chefs who are drawn to the region for this reason. Restaurants abound, whether in small fishing hamlets or attached to hotels.
Don’t miss the distinctively bohemian university town of Lund with its fine cathedral, the Renaissance influenced town of Kristianstad and Ahus, the home of Absolut Vodka. The north west is also known as Sweden’s pottery district where it is possible to drop in and see ceramics being made as they have been for many years.