We all know by now, I like a good adventure. Exploring the previously unexplored (to me, that is) and taking you along with me.
For my birthday weekend this year, I started it with a trip to Denmark for the night, waking up on my birthday in my favourite Danish city. After breakfast and a wander, my boyfriend and I grabbed our bags and boarded a train heading to Malmö, Sweden.
For the next two days, we set about exploring as much as we possible of Skåne, the southernmost province of Sweden. I’ll quickly say now, two days is obviously not enough! We crammed as much as we could without completely tiring ourselves out but having only one full day and two half days is never going to be enough time to really get a full feel for a place - but we sure did try!
My whistle stop tour of Skåne blog post comes as part of my collaboration with Visit Skåne. Flights and accommodation in Vejbystrand were provided by the tourist board, whilst MJ’s Hotel kindly hosted us for the night in Malmö.
It’s a known fact - nay, law - that it has to be good weather on my birthday. In my 29 years, I’ve only ever experienced rain on my birthday (Venice, I’m looking at you!) and so it came as no surprise that August 3rd 2019 in Skåne was a beauty. So much so, we decided our first point of call had to be Skanör-Falsterbo. Skanör and Falsterbo are two little medieval towns, located in the far southwest corner of Skåne. Somewhere in the middle lies a tiny but charming seaside resort that’s home to one of the loveliest of beaches. And on that particular day, we weren’t the only ones to think that! Crystal clear waters, the whitest of sandy beach and very cute beach huts were what made the beach so magical - we wished we’d packed our swimming gear so we could have at least attempted to fit in with all the very bronzed bodies that littered the beach. Instead, we settled on an ice cream and a wander. A must visit on a warm sunny day in Skåne and only a 30 minute drive from Malmö.
WHERE WE STAYED - VILLA SIGRID, VEJBYSTRAND
From the beach, we meandered up the country to our cabin for the night in the sleepy town of Vejbystrand.
Villa Sigrid is in an ideal spot for exploring the nearby areas and a perfect base for those travelling further afield during the day. If we’d have had longer (we arrived around 6pm and left the next day at 10am!) we would have made the most out of little cabin, with its cosy lounge, fully equipped kitchen and basking-in-sun patio (I even wish we’d had the chance to wear raincoats and the wellies!). But instead, we made the most out of its location for the evening. A quick 10 minute walk finds you at the beach front, just moments from the sea. We walked along until we came to civilisation and watched as the sun went down in the port. We stocked up on nibbles at the supermarket (one of my favourite things to do on holiday is to go to local supermarkets) and grabbed pizza from the nearby restaurant and brought it back to Villa Sigrid before calling it a night. A full on first day of travelling, and there’s still plenty more to come!
For our first full day in Skåne, we decided to head to Helsingborg - Skåne’s second largest city and apparently, the friendliest city in Sweden.
Sadly we didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time here as we were very unprepared for the storm that hit just shortly after we arrived (the sky went from bright blue to grey in less than an hour!) and so, when the heaven’s opened, we had to hot foot it back to the car for cover! However we did get a chance to explore a little bit of the city’s Old Town, home to the rather impressive medieval Kärnan Tower, the only surviving element of what was once a fortress. The exercise to the top was worth it for the views alone!
Tower aside, Helsingborg also has a lovely array of shops, restaurants and cafes to stroll around (but just make sure that if you’re heading there on a weekend that you go Saturday - Sunday’s really are a day of rest in Sweden, it would seem!).
For picturesque streets and cute houses, look no further than the little coastal town of Simrishamn. It’s very small so won’t take all that long to explore but do as we did and drive the wrong way (!) and unintentionally find yourselves at the houses you were trying to track down! Whilst there’s not a whole lot more to see, these little streets make it a worthwhile stop off - and bonus if it’s not spitting with rain too. Sadly, we got caught out in it, yet again!
WHERE WE STAYED - MJ’S, MALMÖ
After a long day of being in the car, it was a joy to arrive in Malmö and to check in to our beautiful hotel for the night.
MJ’s primarily wants to be known for its restaurant (with rooms) and that’s fair, as our dinner that evening was beyond delicious, but the hotel side of things really is worth a mention. Bold and quirky meets tongue-in-cheek boudoir, MJ’s is a good dose of character and deliciously comfy beds. Being a short walk from both the city centre and the central train station, I would totally recommend having MJ’s as your base whilst exploring Malmö and the surrounding area but if you can’t stay, make sure you pop in anyway - the courtyard is a beautiful sight to behold!
Malmö is the largest city of Skåne and it’s one I enjoyed wandering around the most, as there’s plenty to see and do. Like any city, it has it’s fair share of standard shops but there are some great cafes, restaurants and independent shops tucked within which make it worth the wandering. With time on the short side, here’s a few discoveries I found:
For coffee and a good dose of people watching head to Noir Kaffekultur.
For leafy interiors and an deliciously good avo toast, head to Avokado.
Head to Malmö Saluhall, the city’s indoor food market, a mecca for foodies and for picking up some artisanal goodies.
Bastard restaurant - highly rated and super close to MJ’s (yet closed on Sundays!).
On a good day, head to Kungsparken for a stroll - a beautiful park in the heart of Malmö with lots to discover and see.
The final stop on our Swedish road trip was Lund, which we almost didn’t go to. But I’m so thankful we did as I absolutely loved this university city.
We parked up near the university’s library building which was a magnificent ivy-clad building before strolling down to the Botanical Gardens which were a vision to see. The Garden was fairly peaceful when we arrived so it was nice to have the blooms almost all to ourselves.
Of course, there’s more to see than what we got the chance to do and if I returned, I would like to visit the Museum of Sketches for Public Art and see Lund Cathedral which dates back to the 14th century.
So if you’re thinking of visiting Lund, it’s only 20 minutes drive from Malmö (or 12 minutes on the train) and well worth an afternoon of your time!
And here concludes my trip to Skåne! For more details on the area and other places to visit within Skåne (because there are plenty more!) head over to Visit Skåne’s website here and get planning your road trip!