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An area in the far south of Sweden in Scania - Skåne in Swedish - where you find a landscape of rolling hills (famous for their apple orchards) and sandy beaches with fishing communities in between. Very popular amongst Swedish musicians and painters for the rural quality of life and special light, combined with the closeness to for instance Copenhagen. Therefore you will find good restaurants and art galleries along with the great scenery and some nice sights. On the border of it is Ystad which is famous for being an old picturesque town (and for being the home of inspector Wallander for those of you in for instance Germany who read Mankell's crime novels). The even smaller town of Simrishamn is another nice base from which to explore it all and close to the national park at Stenshuvud and to Glimmingehus medieval castle with its festival. The most unique sight is 'Ale stenar' in Kåseberga - Sweden's Stonehenge but on a cliff by the sea! To get around you can rent a bike as the landscape is fairly flat and distances short in between sights. The tourist offices at Ystad and Simrishamn can help you with bike information. If this sounds tempting, have a look at my Simrishamn and Ystad pages.
Directions: The south eastern end of Scania (Skåne)Trains run from Malmö to Ystad and buses from there and from Kristianstad to various villages.
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