"The Bjäre Peninsula" Båstad by Sjalen

Båstad Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 31 photos

The Bjäre Peninsula is a fantastic slice of southern Sweden and Båstad is its hub. Locals fondly call it Sweden's Tuscany and whilst that might be an over statement it's not that far off. The peninsula is hilly as it is a part of the Halland Ridge, separating the Scania and Halland provinces. This gives it very nice scenery with rolling hills and surprising bends, and at the same time it is a part of Scania with all that entails as far as food traditions go. Especially the potato is worshipped here and anyone who has tried Swedish new potatoes in summer know that these are amongst the tastiest spuds in the world and that is a very objective view from a Swede. Cycling is great here once you're on top of the ridge, and if you cycle here, you will often encounter potato pickers or swerve around the odd dropped potato along the roads.

Båstad itself is the easiest place to reach here and a good starting point for any tour. The town is mainly famous for being the host of the Swedish Open tennis championships every July and for all that this means to the area in the form of holidaying Stockholmers. This means the nightlife is amongst the best in Sweden during the short summer months, even if prices are also raised to reflect Stockholm incomes. If you avoid the tennis weeks or stay in the countryside outside, you can instead have a very quiet holiday, visiting seaside villages and famous scenery.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, fun, good food, seaside
  • Cons:not really...somewhat expensive during the tennis weeks
  • In a nutshell:Views, water and wild nightlife
  • Last visit to Båstad: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 10, 2005
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  • Marpessa's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 8:22 AM

    Hi! This is an excellent page! I love your opening picture as well - very beautiful! I will have to make my way here for a bit next time I am in Sweden :)

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