To travel away, but still be at home. That's how Skåne feels to me. Every time I'm here, I'm amazed at how continental it feels with all the beech forests, half-timbered houses and farm cafes. Driving around Skåne is like going on a quick trip around the world. The steep cliffs with grazing sheep at Ales Stenar take me to the green coast of Ireland, the white stands at Sandhammeren take me to the fine-grained beaches of western Florida and the colorful beech forests in autumn colors take me to the south of England. Skåne's soul is really as far from my Norrland roots as I can get. We find an open farm cafe and settle down by a wood-burning stove. A small "coffee with bread" means a large plate full of four types of pastries. A full plate of enjoyment of life. Taking a "quick coffee" is an unknown word here Österlen.
Although the weather apps had shown a completely overcast day, Skåne offered us its most beautiful November sky. A bright horizon let through warming sunshine over the hazy spring green fields. Who said November is the most boring month of the year? November is rather the most beautiful month of the year in Skåne. A bit like the hills of Tuscany in the early morning light - but all day long. A large herd of deer graze calmly on the side of the road while a large wild boar boar walks with determined steps in the direction of a pile of sugar beets. Even the falcons circling the fields don't seem to care that we come to visit. Österlen seems to blow out after the summer onslaught. Unwind and recharge. Enough that I understand that Österlen is great in the summer, but I prefer to visit when the rest of you aren't here. Then I can pretend I've found an unknown vacation gem and keep the secret just to myself.
Have you been here? What did you think of the destination?
Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.