Skanör and Falsterbo are located as a little jewel at the bottom of the south-western corner of Sweden. With the ocean as the nearest neighbor, nature has been formed for millions of years to the beautiful place it is today. Many tourists who experience the beaches for the first time don’t understand how locals ever want to leave this place for an other place and vacation! The sand is clear white and very fine-grained. So sure, it’s well worth the effort to take a bath towel and settle down in the sand a sunny summer day – But do not forget to swim! The water is crystal clean with well-rolling sand bottom. And the water can stay surprisingly warm far into autumn!
In the past, a trip to Skanör and Falsterbo could be very riotous when crossing “Ljungen” (the land between Ljunghusen and Skanör/Falsterbo), which was constantly ravaged by air sands. Therefore, Skanör-Falsterbo was almost always visited by sea.
In the Middle Ages, the herring came in such quantities that boats couldn’t take care of it all – at least if one believes the stories. At the same time, there was a power struggle between kings and the “Hansa” about revenues from trade. The battle between Denmark and Sweden about Skåne was largely based on the struggle for revenues from herring fishery. Because at this time, the herring was the major export product, due to the fact that the Catholic Church didn’t allow people to eat meat before the holidays and in the lenting.
When the markets ended at the beginning of the 16th century, Skanör-Falsterbo’s wealth and greatness also disappeared. In the 1700s and 1800s, the towns were only small fishing villages. The two small villages were hit by two big fires in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These fires erased a large part of the downtown village.
Until the early 1900s contact between Skanör /Falsterbo and the outer world was maintained by diligen traffic. The railway took over this in 1904 when it was completed. Falsterbo finally woke up from its sleepy existence and the area gained a strong boost as a summer resort. The resort flourished and the aristocracy and society came to Falsterbo and sunbathed at the famouse, big and white Hotel “Falsterbohouse”, which was built in 1908. A few years later, in 1913, the present Gästgifvaregård/Inn was rebuilt.
The summer métropolis Skanör/Falsterbo was now discovered!
As a tourist there is a lot of exciting things to discover and see in Skanör-Falsterbo.
Vellinge municipality has detailed information on its website, please click on the link below.