Parks and gardens
If you happen to be in the town of Helsingborg (and you should, it has its own palm beach) you have to visit the gardens at Sofiero Castle, awarded Europe’s most beautiful and best park in 2010. Apart from being generally gorgeous, there are almost 500 types of rhododendrons spread among some 10,000 blooms that decorate two ravines here. There are also vegetable and flower gardens, panoramic views of the Öresund Sound and plenty of lawn for picnics. Not forgetting, of course, the castle itself; which is less a castle and more a former royal palatial home and a very nice one it is too. There is also a café, restaurant, plant shop and gift shop onsite.
Other great gardens in the region include Fredrikdals, Hovdala castle and grounds, Slottsträdgården in Malmö, the English Romantic-style Krapperups estate and Citadellet allotment gardens in Landskrona.
You can read about all of them here
Fancy a dip?
If you didn’t know it already Sweden is a nation of bathers. Whatever the water, lake, river or sea, Swedes will get their kit off and jump into it. Luckily Skåne is awash (forgive the pun) with beautiful sandy and clean beaches. For goodness sake, even the city of Malmö has its own beach at Ribersborg, just a 20-minute stroll from the city centre. 2 ½ kilometres long, this beach is perfect for kids as the water is shallow and the beach is lined with lots for them (and you) to do including; play areas, barbecue spots and beach cafés.
For coast-to-coast beach and lake bathing spots in Skåne go here.
Walking and cycling
You can walk the length and breadth of Skåne. And what a walk it is. It’s called the Skåneleden Trail and it is a 1,000 kilometre-long footpath that covers every imaginable terrain in the region. Divided into five separate trails, totaling 86 sections, it takes you from the tennis-loving town of Båstad in the northwest to Ystad (of Henning Mankell’s inspector Wallander fame) in the south, and across the region from Helsingborg in the west to Kristianstad in the east. In between you have rocky coastline, lush forest footpaths, picturesque fishing villages, ancient castles, long sandy beaches and more besides. In a nutshell, you have Skåne and what a way it is to experience the region. Find out more about the Skåneleden Trail and accommodation options. And go here for recreation areas and things to do in the Skåne countryside.
As far as cycling and cyclo-touring in Skåne is concerned look no further than signposted Skånespåret (cycling trail) that runs for 800 km through the region. It is part of Sverigespåret, the Swedish national cycle path network. For a cycling trip planner and cycling maps of the region go here.
Spoil a good walk in the countryside
Mark Twain once said; ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled’. Golfers, especially those who have played some of the courses in Skåne, would disagree – big time. Skåne has around 70 golf courses, some of them among the finest in northern Europe and many are open almost year-round due to the mild climate here. Read more about Skåne's golf courses here.
There you have it, Skåne for park and garden lovers, nature lovers, wanderlust walkers, cyclists and golfers.
Nature lovers should not miss Kullaberg in northwest Skåne or Stenshuvud National Park in the south east of the region. In fact, go here and you won’t miss any of Skåne’s natural wonders.