Check if Koh Chang is a destination you wouldn’t want to miss, during your trip across Thailand. Koh Chang is a great Island with loveley beaches in Thailand!
Discover Koh Chang Island and the beaches in Thailand!
Paje is a cozy village on the beach in the east of the island Zanzibar. The beach is vast and beautiful, the sea is clear blue and there are a number of cozy restaurants, bars, shops, hotels/lodges and a few kitesurf schools. The atmosphere is relaxed and you experience the wonderful island life feeling. I have been in Paje for 10 days and that was very nice! Are you going to Paje or Zanzibar? These are my tips with the nice things to do in Paje!
10x nice things to do in Paje, Zanzibar
There are hundreds of islands in Thailand and most have been specially developed for tourism. As a result, many islands are crammed with hotels, airports, restaurants and shops. You have to search better and better if you want an island with peace and an authentic atmosphere. I love to end my journey after a hustle and bustle in some parts of Thailand on a quiet and beautiful island where preferably there are few stimuli and where life is very relaxed. Since I have been in Thailand very often and I have visited a different island on every trip, I have seen many islands. What are the nicest islands in Thailand?
I like to share with you the 3 nicest islands in Thailand!
Goa is the smallest state of India and here you will find what you almost can’t find in India: peace and quiet! From north to south, the state is about 100 km long and from east to west up to 50 km wide. Goa is the best beach destination of India. It has a Portuguese colonial past and therefore Goa has its own character which is not comparable to the rest of India. Years ago, there were mostly hippies in Goa, but today it is fun for everyone to visit Goa. You will find large hotel resorts, but also Indian culture and Portuguese history. Goa, what are the best beaches to visit?
It’s difficult to choose so I described for Goa the three beaches.
Everyone has different reasons to go on holiday, but when it comes to an island like Tenerife, you need no reason at all. You just have to go sometime! Tenerife is my favourite Canary Island! The climate, the nature, the beaches, the walks, a vibrant nightlife … There is plenty of fun in Tenerife for everyone. What are the reasons to visit Tenerife?
13 reasons to visit Tenerife
Koh Kood, also known as Koh Kut, is an undiscovered island in Thailand. White beaches, pure nature and a clear sea, these are the characteristics of this undiscovered island. Koh Kood is only 23 km long and 9 km wide. The number of islands in Thailand with few tourists is getting smaller. Fortunately there are many rules regarding the construction and conservation of the nature at Koh Kood. The chance that Koh Kood will soon become a crowded tourist destination such as Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket or Hua Hin is relatively small. Visit Koh Kood, an undiscovered island in Thailand!
Spending a few days on this island is amazing!
The southernmost region of Sweden is Skåne. With the pleasant town of Malmö, beautiful nature, vast beaches, the many forests, rolling hills, kilometers of walking and cycling routes and charming villages… There is so much to see in Skåne! Do you want to know what to do in Skåne, Sweden?
What to do in Skåne, Sweden?
The Skåne region is located in the very south of Sweden. Skåne has a total area of 135 kilometers from west to east and 120 kilometers from north to south. This is 2.7% of the total area of the whole of Sweden. It belonged to Denmark until 1658 and when you are in Skåne you will see the Danish influences again! This region in the south of Sweden has endless possibilities for various outdoor activities such as canoeing, supping, hiking, cycling, fishing and swimming. But there is also plenty to experience for the people who like to sniff culture and history. The region is also called the Tuscany of Sweden because of the rolling hills, the countless castles and country houses, the fantastic beaches and the picturesque villages.
In this artcile I will tell you what to do in Skåne: what to do in Nord West Skåne and what to do in South East Skåne!
Skåne, welcome to the beautiful south of Sweden!
Helsingborg is the second largest city in Skåne and you should definitely not skip it during your trip in Skåne. The city has around 100,000 inhabitants. It is a picturesque city on the coast with a beautiful city center. Small and narrow streets with pebbles, colorful houses, elegant boutiques, cozy squares with terraces…. It’s all there in this vibrant city. You can see the Danish city of Helsingör/Elsinore across the strait at the harbor and the Öresund. With a ferry you are there in just 20 minutes.
A visit to this typical Swedish sauna should not be missed! If you don’t like saunas, then it is certainly a photogenic place to have a look. The sauna consists of two sauna areas, a number of sun beds on the veranda and you have the opportunity to swim in the sea. After the sauna, you can have a drink in the attractive restaurant. Please note, men and women are separated in this nude sauna.
This is a nature park where you have great views over the particularly rugged coastline of this part of Skåne. There are various walks in all distances that are indicated by signs. I chose to take a short walk and first walked from the parking lot to the lighthouse (Kullen Lighthouse). This is a short walk, but uphill. After payment you get binoculars and you climb to the top where you can look around to your heart’s content. After the lighthouse I walked a bit down to be closer to the sea. There was a lot of wind on the day I visited this park and this made the coastline with the cliffs even rougher and wilder! You can also explore various caves in Kullaberg, climb several cliffs, cycle, bird watch, rock climb, dive and picnic at various places. The possibilities in this park are endless! Entrance and parking is free.
Near this nature park is the fishing village of Mölle. This is a great place to stop for a while. Especially the view at the harbor is very beautiful!
Tip restaurant Kullaberg: A few hundred meters in front of the main entrance of the park is the restaurant Ransvik Havveranda and this is highly recommended. The restaurant is in a top location! There is a terrace overlooking the sea and it is wonderful to settle down after a walk in this restaurant for a nice lunch or drink. With good weather you can also swim here.
It is certainly nice to go for a walk at Hovs Hallar. There are various walking routes that are all clearly marked. So there is a suitable walk for everyone! It is enjoyment in this area, especially to see the waves breaking on the rocks. The view is very beautiful and the place is very photogenic. Admission and parking free.
The town of Båstad is near Hovs Hallar and looks a bit like a small version of the famous Saint Tropez: a beautiful harbor, expensive shops and stylish restaurants. In the summer months there are twice as many inhabitants (more than 30,000) compared to the winter months (15,000). The beach is extensive and there are a number of cozy beach bars. Båstad is known for tennis, since the largest center court in all of Sweden is located in this town. Various famous tennis players, such as Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg, have played here. In the summer there are regularly fun festivals.
The island of Ven is one of the highlights of this part of Skåne. The easiest way to get there is by taking the ferry in Landskrona. This ferry leaves regularly, namely approximately every hour and a half, from 6:05 am in the morning to 9:30 pm in the evening. From the end of June to mid-August extra ferries leave and a ferry leaves approximately every half hour. Tickets are available at the office at the port in Landskrona. The boat trip takes half an hour and costs 150 SEK per person. Parking in the port costs around €1 per hour.
It is very nice to discover Ven by bike. Upon arrival on the island you will find the bicycle rental company 300 meters uphill walk from the port where you arrive by ferry. You can’t miss this! They rent normal bicycles with 3 or 7 gears, children’s bicycles, tandems with 3 or 7 gears, carts for behind the bike, golf carts…. We opted for a 7-speed tandem and for us that was a good choice. The island is quite hilly in some places and that is why I really liked the gears.
Prices bicycle rental for a day
The island is not huge, about 4.5 kilometers long and a few kilometers wide. In the ferry to Ven and also when renting a bike you will receive a flyer with the map on it. This also shows the cycling routes and the sights of the island. The island is quiet and not many cars are driving. I have come across more tourists than cars! Finding your way is also not difficult at all and getting lost is not possible. There are also signs everywhere that indicate the direction to the important places. We have chosen to cycle the extensive red route and so we have seen the entire island in a few hours. There are a few cozy cafés along the route where you can make a stop.
The largest city in Skåne is Malmö and this is also the third largest city in Sweden. It is a very nice city to visit! The inhabitants of Malmö are fond of cycling and the best way to discover the city is by bicycle. Rent a bike and cycle around in this cozy and small town. But you can also discover this city on foot.
A very nice place to stay is this accommodation in the north of Skåne. It is located in Vejbystrand and the beach is close to the villa. This villa has everything you need! A fully equipped kitchen, a nice bathroom, a bedroom and a sofa bed, a lovely terrace with chairs and free bicycles. We even got a delicious breakfast and a filled bag with groceries on arrival. I slept here for 4 nights and I think it’s a nice place. It is in a reasonable location in the north of Skåne.
This is a cozy and small village and is a very popular destination with tourists. In the shopping street are small and unique shops and a number of cozy cafes. But the nicest thing about Ystad is the streets with cobblestones and full of pastel-colored houses and with cheerful flowers in front of the doors. When you walk into one of the surrounding streets from the central square, you immediately notice it. But this is not the reason why this village is so world famous. The adventures of Inspector Wallander from the books of the famous Swedish author Henning Mankell take place in these streets. At the Tourist Office you can arrange tours and get walking routes that are entirely devoted to Wallander. There are also a number of nice museums and art galleries in the village.
Ystad tip: Just outside the center of Ystad is the Saltsjöbad. It is the most luxurious spa in the region and has won various awards. You can spend the night in this stylish hotel, but this spa is also nice to visit for a day and to pamper yourself. Prices and more information can be found on the website of Saltsjöbad.
It is not entirely clear why the 59 boulders in this monument are situated in this special way. Researchers think it is a burial monument or that these boulders functioned as an astronomical clock. The fact is that Ales Stenar is one of the largest Viking monuments in Sweden and therefore definitely worth a visit. Entrance and parking is free. The boulders are located in the small fishing village of Kåseberge and it is nice to walk through it. The harbor in particular is a nice place full of restaurants.
The beach in Skanör is known for the many small, colored and wooden beach houses that are on the beach. This looks nice and cheerful and nice. Certainly worth a visit! The beach is not very wide, but consists of nice soft sand. Parking is free.
If you want to visit the southernmost point of all of Sweden, this is possible in the south of Skåne. This point is clearly indicated by a sign next to the harbor in the fishing village of Smygehuk. It is a tourist attraction, including a large free parking space and a few restaurants. The village of Smygehuk is known for its smoked fish. You can visit the traditional houses that were built for this purpose, called fiskrökeri. Admission is free.
This part of Skåne has a lot of beaches. Many beaches are also beautiful. Pretty extensive, not too busy and mostly pictures to see. Pay attention to how the wind and therefore the undercurrent of the sea, because this makes swimming in the sea sometimes dangerous. There are not always beach bars near the beaches so it is handy to bring your own drinks and food if you plan to spend a day at the beach. Parking is free at the beaches.
Stenshuvud is a very beautiful nature park. Various walks have been plotted to explore this park. From 500 meters to a number of kilometers. So you can also walk multiple routes in one day and see the entire park. Near the main entrance is a beautiful beach 500 meters away where you have a great view. Walking a little further along the red route you come across a cool lighthouse. With ease you can enjoy yourself all day in this park. Take a picnic blanket and do what the Swedes do: sit down and enjoy the peace and nature. Entrance and parking is free.
Kivik is a small and charming village that is all about apples. You will also see many apple orchards in the area. Apples here are much more than just apples and you will notice that when you are here. There are stores where you can actually buy everything from apples. A must to visit is Kiviks Musteri with a restaurant, café, an apple museum, an apple factory, the apple orchards and a shop. The great apple festival at the end of September is also fun. The village itself also has a beautiful beach and beautiful streets with colorful houses.
A very short walk from the beach is this beautiful 4* spa hotel. The spa is beautiful, with a sauna, indoor swimming pool and a nice outdoor swimming pool with wonderful sun loungers and swings to enjoy the sun and the view. The restaurant is great with great local dishes. You have free access to the spa when staying at this hotel. The rooms are nice and spacious and luxurious.
This attractive B&B is located in an old farmhouse. The owners are friendly people and speak and come from the Netherlands. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool and an old-fashioned wood-burning stove. The location is great because it is located between the grain fields. But with a number of villages in the area. The breakfast is extensive and delicious with all regional dishes.
Day 1: We landed in Copenhagen at half past eight in the morning and from there we took the train to Malmö. We picked up our rental car there. We drove to our accommodation in the northwest of Skåne. Along the way we made a stop of a few hours in the city of Helsingborg. We then went to the Palsjobaden sauna.
Day 2: We started the day with a visit to the Kullaberg nature park. In the morning we walked here and we went for lunch. After lunch we made a short stop in the fishing village of Mölle. Then we drove north to the Hovs Hallar nature park for a walk. We continued the afternoon with a visit to Båstad.
Day 3: We took the ferry early in the morning to the island of Ven. We rented bicycles there and started exploring the island. From Ven we took the ferry back at the end of the afternoon.
Day 4: We have been to Malmo for a day. Where we have enjoyed shopping, wandered around and ate delicious food.
Day 5: In the morning we drove to the south of Skåne and checked in at a hotel Mossbyland. We have visited the south coast of Skåne: Ystad, Ales Stenar in Kåseberga, the southernmost point of Sweden and Skanör.
Day 6: We have visited various beaches and a number of villages including Kivik. We checked in at Lunkaberg B&B.
Day 7: We went to Stenshuvud Park in the morning and then we drove back to Malmö. There we took the train to Copenhagen and caught the flight to the Netherlands.
Skåne is located in the south of Sweden and is therefore very easy to reach. I myself flew to Copenhagen in Denmark. At the airport, when you walk into the arrivals hall, you will automatically see the machines where you can buy a train ticket for 96 DKK. In my case there was a nice line and it took about 20 minutes before I could buy a ticket. From the airport I took the train to Malmö. This train goes about 5 times per hour to the center of Malmö. In total these were 3 stops and this train ride only took 20 minutes. Bear in mind that you can be checked on the train and have to show your passport. Are you with your own car or are you renting a car in Denmark, you can take the ferry in Denmark to Trelleborg or Ystad.
The best travel time to go on holiday to Skåne is in the months of June, July and August……. days are long because the light is long. Nature is beautifully green and the temperature is perfect for walking and cycling. In the summer it is on average 25 degrees Celsius. Because of this mild climate and the many hours of sunshine, the south of Sweden is certainly suitable for people who like to visit a sunny destination in the summer.
These are my tips for what to do in Skåne! Do you have more tips for what people have to do in Skåne?
My favorite place to travel to is Asia. For years now I have been going to this continent for a few weeks at least once a year. I have already visited many countries and many countries more than once. I love Asia because of the beautiful nature, the impressive culture, the friendly people, the delicious food, but also because of the great beaches in Asia! What are the most beautiful beaches in Asia?
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In Seville, temperatures may rise to 40 degrees in the summer! Seville is a city where there is a lot to do, but there is no beach in Seville. The solution is to go to Cádiz from Seville. This is very easy by bus and is perfect for avoiding the heat in the city for a day. Cádiz is a great daytrip from Seville to the beach!
Daytrip van Seville to the beach in Cádiz!
When you think of Portugal, you soon think of the Algarve or Lisbon or Porto. But there is so much more to see, such as the special Alentejo region. This region is nice for a road trip, where you can drive for hours without meeting other people or cars. Nature, history, vineyards, olive trees, charming villages …. Alentejo is the undiscovered gem of Portugal. A road trip through Alentejo: what are the best sights in Alentejo?
A road trip through Alentejo! Where do you need to go?