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4th April 2018
Skåne is one of Sweden’s most beautiful provinces, framed by the sea on three sides with hills, cliffs, forest and great plains. The region offers undulating countryside with fields of yellow rape, scarlet poppies and green fields leading to a languid, curving coastline. The region is famous for its ceramics and you will find pottery workshops scattered throughout the countryside welcoming you with demonstrations, good food and perhaps a delicious chunk of cake!
But did you know that Skåne is also home to an internationally famous and somewhat endearing Police Inspector? Fans of Wallander, the popular detective series by author Henning Mankell, will doubtless head straight for the coastal town of Ystad, with its delightful medieval centre, cobbled streets, and arts and crafts shops, to soak up the 'Nordic Noir' atmosphere (see Excursions).
Your holiday begins with a 4-night stay at Häckeberga Slott, beautifully situated on an island in Lake Häckeberg in central Skåne and perfectly positioned for exploring the county. You then spend a 3-night stay in the cosmopolitan city of Malmö with plenty of time to explore; we strongly recommend Western Harbour, the new sustainable modern harbour with its wonderful boardwalk and architecture - just watch how the Turning Torso follows you! The old town has a lovely square with numerous outdoor cafes where you can sit and people-watch whilst enjoying your traditional Swedish fika.
Fly from the UK to Copenhagen Airport and collect your hire car. Enjoy the drive across the Öresund Bridge from Denmark into Sweden and onwards to the lovely Häckeberga Slott (Castle).
The castle dates in part back to the 14th century and enjoys a beautiful setting on one of seven small islands in Lake Häckeberga and is perfectly situated for exploring Skåne's beautiful countryside and coastline.
4 nights GENARP - Häckeberga Slott
Days 2 - 4
Whilst staying in Sweden's southernmost region of Skåne with the addition of a car, you're never far from the coastline.
In your free time you have the option to experience the quintessential holiday town of Ystad, a picturesque location seamlessly boasting both countryside and beach on its doorstep. This scenic combination makes Ystad desirable for both locals and holiday goers, and supporting this is a growing number of exceptional cafés and farm shops offering locally cultivated specialities.
You also recommend taking the short car journey to the picturesque medieval university town of Lund.
Drive to Malmö where you can enjoy all the offerings of city life: fabulous cafes and restaurants, great museums, independent shops, innovative architecture and not forgetting, a relaxing stroll along Western Harbour.
2 nights MALMÖ - Elite Hotel Savoy (3 star plus)
Drive across the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen Airport for your return flight to the UK.
If you would like to add a few additional days at the end of your holiday to explore Copenhagen please contact a member of our team on 01274 875199 who can make those arrangements possible for you.
Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 September 2017
Duration: 6 nights
Price per person: £1295.00
Surrounded by a beautiful lake in South Sweden, you'll have an unforgettable time at Häckeberga Slott, dating back to the 14th century. It has been owned by the Tham family since 1824 and this history can be felt in the cosy and friendly atmosphere. Rooms are nicely furnished with modern facilities and there's a very good restaurant in the castle that we recommend.
ELITE HOTEL SAVOY (3 star plus) - Malmö
Elite Hotel Savoy, in the very heart of Malmö, is a modern hotel with an intriguing history dating back to the 14th century. It is well known for its beautiful rooms and suites, which have been carefully restored to fulfill the needs of today.
The bright and beautiful lobby welcomes you with an elegant blend of modern design and classic furnishings. The hotel is located opposite the Central train station within short walking distance from airport buses and trains to Copenhagen. The hotel also houses The Bishops Arms pub as well as a gym and a sauna. All guests can enjoy wifi throughout the whole hotel.
Skåne, Sweden's Sunshine County
Skåne offers the visitor a multitude of experiences including beautiful sandy beaches, historical sites, craft and workshops, picturesque village centres with welcoming cafes and shops and a whole host of outdoor activities. We know there is only so much you can do on holiday and that inevitably some things are going to have to wait until your next visit. But here are a few of the things that simply musn't with an occasional 'Why Not? thrown in for good measure!
Meet...Kurt Wallander in Ystad!!
Well OK, perhaps not the man himself (he's fictional you know!), but rather follow In the Footsteps of Wallander. There is a great website providing details of all the locations in Ystad which featured in Henning Mankell's popular books and the subsequent TV series. Go on, have a browse or visit the local Tourist Information Office during your visit - they love telling visitors about it!
Dalby Quarry - an oasis in the heart of Skåne
The forests of Skpne hid a beautiful, tranquil spot where stone was once quarried, but where nature now grows wild once again. In recent years the former quarry at Dalby has become a protected nature reserve where 36 hectares of deciduous forest stretches across wetlands and wooded groves and is a popular spot for escaping to enjoy the beauty of nature and the sound of birdsong. Pack a picnic and get away for the afternoon. The soaring slopes offer a number of spectacular vantage points across the peaceful valley and on hot days you can take a cool swim and dry off in the sunshine. Located at Torna-Hällestad, close to Lund.
Ceramic Workshops in Skåne
Skåne's ceramic history stretches back almost 200 years, with factories and workshops, artists and potters. Northwest Skåne has the right geological conditions for producing ceramics as layer upon layer of coal and clay was laid down millions of years ago and is now used by artists employing a variety of different techniques, colours, glazes and production methods. Many of these workshops are open to the public and include demonstrations, shops, cafes/restaurants and, in some, the possibility to try the skill yourself.
Western Harbour, Malmö
Formerly a polluted old shipyard but now Malmö's beautiful new stylish area of the city. There is a lovely boardwalk alongside the Öresund with a great view of the Öresund Bridge plus there are shops, cafes and restaurants and a rather trendy residential area plus the Turning Torso. But that's not all - Western Harbour is powered by 100% local, renewable energy!
Dine with a local family in Malmö
A Slice of Swedish Hospitality is a special dining concept. Basically you dine with local people in their homes; food is a 2-course meals (either starter and main or main and dessert) and is always ssomething they would eat themselves at home - locally produced and locally eaten! All the participating hosts love entertaining and talking about local life and the best things to see and do in and around their town. They also love to hear your stories too... For more information and to book visit the website here.
Kulturen is an open-air museum filled with historic buildings and gardens for you to visit. Step into the houses and experience life in the city and the countryside from the Middle Ages to the 1930s, with guides dressed in costume and in character. You can also choose from among 20 exhibitions - from folk art to modern design, from medieval history to the present day, from local culture to world culture. For details of entrance fees and opening times click here.
We know you will have a few questions regarding this holiday so we've tried to answer them here. If you don't find the answer you are looking for just let us know and then we can add it to the list.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
This holiday includes a few days of car hire therefore it is first of all most suitable for those who are happy to drive in Sweden. Roads are not crowded in the way we think of crowded and Swedish drivers are generally very courteous and patient so you needn't worry about taking your time. People who enjoy a slower, more relaxing pace of life will enjoy this holiday, doing as much or as little as you wish. Activities tend to be cultural or nature based punctuated by the opportunity for a nice relaxing lunch somewhere with a view or tea/coffee and a large slice of homemade cake or biscuits somewhere interesting.