Scan Magazine, Issue 138, January 2022

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Ten Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2022

Båstad harbour. Photo: Louise Nordström Pettersson

First-class activities all year round There’s something about Båstad and its surrounding peninsula, Bjärehalvön, that makes people return year after year. You could guess that perhaps it’s the breathtaking sunsets, setting into the Kattegat horizon every night, or perhaps the world-class nightlife and restaurant scene, entertaining tennis stars and funloving visitors every summer? Or maybe it’s the unique, diverse natural landscape? Perhaps quality local produce and numerous farm shops? Whatever the reason, Båstad stands firm as a year-round provider of unique experiences, equally loved by locals as well as visiting tourists. By Nina Bressler

History runs deep in the town of Båstad. Steeped in royal connections, this area has turned into a hub for pleasure seekers as well as nature lovers from near and far, never lacking things to do, regardless of the season. The small town, conveniently located in southern Sweden, only an hour from Copenhagen Airport, will be premiering new and exciting events throughout 2022; not only is the region home to the prestigious tennis week in July, Nordea Open, but with the launch of youth padel tournament 68  |  Issue 138  |  January 2022

Bullpadel Explosion, it is on track to become a hub for this popular sport as well. “There is something for everyone in Båstad. Whether you’re looking for relaxation in nature, luxurious spa and restaurant visits, or a sport, swimming and beach holiday, we have it all and we do it well: our constant focus is on providing quality experiences, wrapped in beautiful surroundings. The small-town charm in combination with big-city entertainment, with the sea close at hand while the gor-

geous inland landscape offers stimulation for all senses, is hard to beat,” says Annika Borgelin, CEO of Visit Båstad. Natural trails through wondrous landscapes Båstad and Bjärehalvön are home to a diverse landscape: forests, open fields, sandy beaches, cliffs stretching down into the sea, and winding roads embracing the soft hills make the foundation to nature experiences beyond the ordinary. There are many ways to explore the area: country road cycling is one popular activity, and there are plenty of locations for mountain biking, with Vallåsen Bike Park being one of the largest. The annual autumn hiking event, Båstad Hiking Festival, takes nature lovers through luscious trails when autumnal colours reach their peak, while Båstad Outdoor is a new concept that provides adventure packages in various forms.

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