I’ve never been there but the first impression of the quaint fishing harbour of Mölle on the west coast of Skåne, Sweden, is that I am in some New England seaside village. Maybe it’s the old wooden houses painted in white with traditional red roofs which overlook the ever-changing ocean twirling and swooshing along its stone walls and sandy beaches. Originally a prosperous fishing community in the 19th century, the village is now a popular holiday destination, with many Swedes having holiday homes in the area. It has an elegantly relaxed air to it, with expensive yachts, speed boats and little dingies jostling side by side in front of quirky gift shops and cafes. Majestically lording it over the scene is the historic ‘Grand Hotel’. Built in 1909, it’s the perfect place to sip cocktails on the terrace after a refreshing swim.
Nearby Kullaberg Nature Reserve has a really dramatic coastal landscape. Its peninsula location makes it a big attraction for climbers from around the world and it has some excellent walking and bike trails. I visited during the summer and had great fun abseiling down a (small) cliff and wandering through the beautiful countryside. For a historic treat we visited the ancient city of Helsingborg with its impressive old Tower and beautiful palace overlooking Danish islands. Not too far away is Ystad where Wallender struggles manfully to solve the numerous murders that take place with more regularity than in that other idyllic area, English Midsommer. Maybe he needs to go to Mölle and just chill – I can highly recommend it.
For more info on this fascinating area check out Visit Sweden.