Travel from Malmö to Ystad, Falkenberg and Gothenborg
Start you Swedish adventure in the south at Malmö or Ystad. Travel to Gothenborg via Falkenberg and discover the stunning south & west coast of Sweden.
Malmö is the third largest city in the country after Stockholm and Gothenburg. It lies at the eastern end of the striking Öresund Bridge, a long road and railway bridge–tunnel running to Copenhagen, Denmark. In the city center, Lilla Torg is a cobblestone square with cafes, half-timbered houses and shops selling local handicrafts. Malmö Castle, a 16th-century fortress built by King Christian III of Denmark, houses nature, history and art exhibits.
SLEEP AT MJ'S
MJ's is located only 50 m from Lilla Torg Square in central Malmö, a great choice for travellers interested in old town exploring, cafés and restaurants. The King’s Park with the Malmöhus Castle is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Malmö Central Station is 300 m away.
2. YSTAD (60KM / 50 MIN FROM MALMÖ)
Ystad is a town in Skåne county on Sweden's southern coast. Its medieval town center features cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. It’s also home to Klostret i Ystad, a centuries-old Franciscan monastery and museum. The town is the setting of author Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander crime series.
SLEEP AT RED BIRD FARM
Red Bird Farm offers newly refurbished fully self-contained accommodation within the traditional red barns & original farm outbuildings. Stay here and look out at beautiful views from all rooms - the meadow, woodland and sloping hills are stunning whatever the season.
SLEEP AT VILLA STRANDVÄGEN
Villa Strandvägen, built in 1899, has undergone a careful renovation, where the focus has been on preserving the heritage and character, while offering all the amenities guests could wish for. The villa boasts seven rooms in the romantic contemporary style with exclusive materials for those looking for that “something extra”, whether it is a one-on-one or in a larger group setting.
SLEEP AT YSTAD SALTSJÖBAD
It is said that time passes quickly when you are having fun. Ystad Saltsjöbad celebrated 120 years, which is both incredible and amazing! Since May 2007, new owners have taken over the hotel and converted into a classic New Port hotel. Whilst they wanted to take care of the fantastic facilities, it was also about taking advantage of the local charm and proximity to the sea.
PLAY AT RED BIRD WATER CYCLING
Red Bird Water Cycling water cycles are available to hire for a unique and fun (family friendly) activity at various places around Ystad and Österlen. You can explore the lakes at Sövde, Snogeholm, Vombsjön, Gyllebo or have fun on the Baltic shore at Ystad.
3. FALKENBERG (175 KM / 2 HRS FROM MALMÖ)
Falkenberg is the seat of Falkenberg Municipality, Halland County, Sweden. It is located at the mouth of river Ätran. The name consists of the Swedish words for falcon (falk) and mountain (berg). Falkenberg is a popular tourist destination in the summers and the main beach of the town is Skrea strand.
SLEEP AT FALKENBERG STRANDBAD
In the middle of Skrea Strand, you will find Falkenberg Strandbad. An ideal and idyllic location in the beautiful Halland, close to the Swedish cities and to Europe. Falkenberg Strandbad is much more than a traditional spa in the form of pulse, understated luxury, gastronomy, activities, music and entertainment in general.
EAT AT KÖKET
At Köket in Falkenberg they want offer a new way to enjoy food, one that involves all your senses and let them go wild. Experience a dinner that is innovative, daring, creative and a real damn joy for your taste buds. You will be pampered with a constantly varying tasting menu prepared with love and the local produce that is best for the day. Chef Knut and his team are driven by the passion for food, service, wine and the handcraft, creating a world-class guest experience. Something you’ll never forget. Ever.
4. GOTHENBÖRG (107 KM / 1 1/4 HRS FROM FALKENBERG)
Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden, is situated off the Göta älv river on the country's west coast. An important seaport, it's known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards like the Avenyn, the city's main thoroughfare, lined with many cafes and shops. Liseberg is a popular amusement park with themed rides, performance venues and a landscaped sculpture garden.
SLEEP AND EAT AT HOTEL & RISTORANTE BELLORA
Step of Avenyn, Gothenburg’s main street, and step into Bellora’s joyful, buzzing and friendly atmosphere. The inspiration for the interior and environment at Hotel Bellora comes from the Italian Riviera, and Fellini’s ”La Dolce Vita”. The 7 floors all have their own theme and the 97 hotel rooms are made to make your stay cosy, comfortable and well, unforgettable!
The passionate chefs in their popular Ristorante work with traditional Italian ingredients, often in an untraditional way and always with lots of love for the best produce. The menu include cold and warm medium-sized dishes and delicious, authentic Neapolitan pizzas made with sourdough from Sicily. Summertime don’t forget to enjoy a drink and cotton candy-coloured sunset views at the rooftop bar Cielo, named one of the world’s top five rooftop bars.
SLEEP AT HOTEL PIGALLE
A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Gothenburg with spaces and sixty rooms that are influenced by the 1920’s European standards. A fin-di-sieclé experience, catered to the present. Enter Bar Amuse, your reception area and lobby bar. Enjoy wine and champagne by the glass while your room is prepared. Your journey starts and ends at Bar Amuse. Both reception area and lobby bar, the versatile staff can hand you a key as well as a glass of champagne at check in. With a focus on organic wines, local craft beer and carefully selected charcuteries and cheeses, Bar Amuse is a social gathering spot for locals and out-of-towners alike.
SLEEP AT VILLA JOHANNEBERG
In a relaxed and peaceful environment, but right in Gothenburg city center lies Villa Johanneberg, a beautiful patrician villa perfect for you conference, wedding or party. With its stunning garden and wonderful interior, Villa Johanneberg will be the perfect setting for almost any get-together or celebration.
SLEEP AT VILLA ODINSLUND
Just ten minutes’ walk from the Swedish Fair and Liseberg, in the center of Gothenburg, lies Villa Odinslund with its stunning garden. It offers high-class meeting and conference facilities for both small and large companies in a unique environment. Once the residency of the Kobb family, today a carefully renovated villa in a unique environment – perfect for conferences, business lunches, weddings and celebrations.
EAT AT BARABICU
Barabicu is located just next to the canals in the center of the city, a cosy and unique environment with an international feel is offered. Expect low light, good music, creative cuisine and great drinks. The restaurant’s playful menu pays a clear tribute to both fire and sea with perfectly grilled meat accompanied by Swedish produce in the shape of fish, seafood and vegetables.
EAT AT BRASSERIE LIP
Smack on Gothenburg’s main street Avenyn, lies Brasserie Lipp – a real city classic. An obvious choice for both locals and visitors for everything from lunch to dinner, after work and cocktails. People flock here for the popular lunch and dinner. A passionate kitchen team and an extended international style menu. On Fridays and Saturdays some of the city’s best DJ’s set the weekend vibe together with great drinks. Oh and do not miss out on the constantly changing and mouth-watering cocktail list!
EAT AT TRANQUILO
Tranquilo is the original South American restaurant, in the heart of Gothenburg. A place where everyone is welcome to eat, drink and dance. The food is inspired by national dishes from Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Mexico prepared with love and the Tranquilo’s own flavor – “Nuevo Latino”. When the guests have eaten up, the tables miraculously disappear and the restaurant is transformed into a salsa dance floor full of people from all corners of the world!
EAT AT ZAMENHOF
Situated in Gothenburg just by Järntorget and the harbour Zamenhof welcomes all. They love food and of course they serve lunch as well as late night dishes. Need breakfast on Saturday, no problem! A drink with friends or a fast poké bowl on the go? No problem friend! Zamenhof is three places in one.
From Gothenborg you can either head east to Stockholm (our next blog) or continue north all the way to Oslo in Norway via Marstrand, Smögen, the Weather Islands & Fjällbacka (see photos below).
THE WEATHER ISLANDS
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to September
HOW TO GET AROUND: Rent a car