Sweden is an intriguing blend of stunning scenery, lively cities, modern design and cool style. I visited the Skane region of this attractive country a few years ago. Its beauty and crisp coastal drama left a lasting image in my travel memory bank. One day was spent a day around quaint fishing harbour of Molle (Mölle) on the west coast of Sweden.
Molle has the air of a New England 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. I had great fun abseiling down a (small) cliff and wandering through the beautiful countryside.There are some excellent walking and bike trails plus a golf course with spectacular views.
Another place I enjoyed was the ancient city of Helsingborg with its impressive old Tower and beautiful Sofiero Palace overlooking Danish islands. Not too far away is Ystad where Swedish setective 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.
This article appeared in my original blog Quirky Travel Tales