Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Top Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2019
For many, Båstad is the home of Swedish tennis. Photo: Karolina Brunström
Sample the good life all year round Visitors have been entranced by Båstad’s stunning beaches and forests for over a hundred years. Today, with its unsurpassed hiking and cycle trails, golf courses and sailing opportunities, combined with top-class restaurants and spa facilities, Båstad is the perfect destination for an active break in an unforgettable setting. By Liz Longden | Photos: Båstad Tourism and Business
Båstad lies on the Bjärehalvön peninsula in western Skåne, midway between Gothenburg and Malmö. It is a geographical area that has long been renowned for its beauty, but Båstad is much more than just a pretty place. As Annika Borgelin, project manager at Båstad Tourism and Business explains, the unique profile of the area’s natural landscape also provides the perfect setting for a comprehensive range of outdoor leisure pursuits. “Bjärehalvön has such a varied landscape. It’s surrounded by the sea, so we have a very diverse coastline, and there’s the Hallandsås horst, which means that you can climb up high and get some fantastic views of the surrounding area,” she says. “And then we have forests, ravines, and pretty much 58 | Issue 120 | January 2019
anything else you could wish for. So it’s a natural environment that gives almost limitless possibilities for relaxation and recreation.” These include numerous beaches and sites perfect for outdoor bathing, snorkelling, or swimming with young children; 12 different road cycle routes, and excellent terrain for mountain biking, including a downhill course with cycle lift; and innumerable hiking and running trails, which run through the area’s many nature reserves, along the coast, and up the Hallandsås. Golfers, meanwhile, will feel immediately at home, with 126 holes available within a 15-minute drive, including Sweden’s second oldest 18-hole
course, while those who enjoy sailing or fishing have the North Sea and Bjärehalvön’s picturesque coastline at their disposal. And for anyone who would like to venture a little further out to sea, how about a trip out to the island of Hallands Väderö, an unpopulated nature reserve prized for its quiet beauty and wealth of flora and fauna? “You can enjoy just about every activity you can think of here,” Borgelin says. “And all in the midst of incredible natural scenery.”
Quality down-time Of course, after exercise must come recovery, and after a day out in the open air, Båstad also has everything visitors could need to rest, rejuvenate and relax. Thanks to a mild climate and its rich, fertile landscape, Bjärehalvön is renowned for the high quality of its produce. Visitors with an interest in food and drink will enjoy whiling away many happy hours exploring the area’s farms and local producers. The peninsula also has a wide range of restaurants, many of which are proud to serve up local ingredients. For those who like their
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