nature & beaches

Nature offers lots of variety in Ystad & Österlen. Here, nature is never difficult to access. The beautiful beaches along the Ystad & Österlen nearly five mil-long coast are relentless. Here you can enjoy beach life in several ways. All year round there is a beach for everyone, whatever your mood or the weather. Visit the the tourist offices - they will gladly give you more tips on beaches and nature.


Beach life

Fun and frolics

If you’re looking for convenience and ease of access, park at the hotel and make your way with the kids down to the westernmost jetty in Ystad. Here, you’re close to food, a playground, a beach volleyball court and toilets. Various children’s activities are arranged, and the ice cream kiosk is never far away. Enjoy something refreshing from the hotel’s “after beach” bar – relaxation for all the family.


Popular and youthful

If you’re looking for good company with music and a bit more of a buzz, this is the place to be and is within cycling distance of the town. Ball games on the jetty, lots of sunbathers, great views from the fort, and perhaps brunch along the beach. Don’t forget your sun cream, and don’t miss Fritidsbaren’s famous Danish pastries!


For dreamers

There’s a short walk involved and steep steps down, but it’s worth the effort. Once you reach the beach, an exotic experience awaits: The clear waters and the shady trees bending down from the hill above create an unusual, dreamlike impression. Don’t forget your camera!


For bookworms

Let your toes sink down into the fine white sand at Sandhammaren, one of Sweden’s best beaches. There’s plenty of space, as well as peace and quiet for some holiday reading.
A cloudy day with a warm jumper, or a sunny day under a parasol? Just remember to look up from time to time – the sea and the sky create an ever-changing landscape.


For naturists 

You don’t need to be constrained by your clothes along the broad beach west of Nybrostrand or at Hagestad Nature Reserve, east of the River Tyge. Serene, secluded  and beautiful.


Magical sunrises

Set your alarm clock, fill a flask with coffee, take a blanket and make your way to the beach below Stenshuvud. Few experiences are as restful as watching a beautiful sunrise over the sea, so come early and see the daybreak.


Dog walking

For sandy, salty summertime walks (1 April-30 Sept), dogs are welcome on the beaches at Lilleskog west of Ystad, Kabusa east of Ystad, and Vårhallen north of Simrishamn. There are no restrictions for the rest of the year.


Stormy weather

If you’re dressed for it, a blustery walk can be an exhilarating experience. The beach at Mälarhusen is level, wide and eminently walkable – and just as beautiful on a sunny day as in an autumnal or wintery storm. Undulating sand dunes, gulls gliding on the breeze, and foaming waves. Listen to the roar of the wind and the sea, and let them clear your thoughts!


Natural diversity

Highlights by foot

The Österlenleden Trail is a 190 km hiking trail, beginning and ending in Ystad. The trail is divided up into 12 stages, showing the varying scenery of Ystad and Österlen in all its glory, and running alongside the coast.

If you fancy a circular hike with overnight stops try the Highlights of Österlen, 37 km of hills, beech forests and the River Verkeån, with one or two overnight stays in Brösarp, Hallamölla, Verkalängan, Hörröd or Drakamöllan. You can also sleep in shelters at Verkasjön, Agusa and Vantalängan. The trail starts in Brösarp.


Extensive coastal area

Between Löderups Strandbad and Mälarhusen lies one of Sweden’s biggest and most precious coastal dune areas, sheltered by Hagestad Nature Reserve to the west and Sandhammaren to the east. North of this is Backåkra Nature Reserve. The three nature reserves form an extensive area of unique value. Backåkra, which includes former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld’s farm and meditation place, now features unique flora following years of pasturage. As well as dunes, Hagestad and Sandhammaren are home to low-growing oak forests, thickets, pine plantations and heather-covered moorland. The area is also populated by many species of birds. To get here, head south from Backåkra and follow the road across the Kåsebergaåsen Ridge.


A gem of a lake

Lake Gyllebosjön at Ö Vemmerlöv between Rörum and Gärsnäs is a popular swimming and fishing lake, surrounded by interesting woodland areas, herb-filled meadows and pastures. The path around the lake runs through enchanting areas, where the forest dips its toes into the waters. There is plenty of birdlife, so bring your binoculars. If you’d like to go out on the water, hire a boat. Try rail biking from St Olof to Lake Gyllebosjön – perfect for a coffee break and a dip before heading back.