The Most Popular Swedish Beaches: What Do the Locals Prefer
Scenic Sweden beaches rarely top the list of things Sweden is best known for. This Scandinavian country is famous for its frosty winters, lots of snow and ice hotels. In fact, in April 2019, as much of Europe was warming up, nearly four meters of snow fell at a ski resort in Sweden. But this is about winter, and what about summer? As a rule, the weather in Sweden in summer is consistently warm and comfortable, without any significant temperature changes, winds, and rains. In August, the thermometer does not drop below 20-21 °C. At this time, hundreds of thousands of people gather with families or friends and go to the beaches to lie in the warm sun and swim. Despite such a large number of people, the beaches are never crowded, because there are a lot of them. Firstly, Sweden has a long, winding coastline, and secondly, this country has the first place in the world for the number of islands. So you can’t tell right away how many islands Sweden has, but their number is close to 270,000. Of course, most of them are uninhabited, but some are very popular among locals and tourists just for their picturesque sandy beaches. Let’s find out where the best beaches in Sweden are located.
Best Beaches in Sweden
It is one of the most visited Malmö beaches in Sweden. The beach and coastal zone of the largest city amazes not only with its history but also with exciting daily entertainment events. This Malmo beach is so popular that tourists and locals would recognize it even by another name “Ribban”, and in some travel publications it is called “Scandinavian Copacabana”.
This Scandinavian beach is rightfully vying for the title of Sweden’s best vacation spot. Surprisingly cool Baltic waters and warm sands are located in the southeast of the country, in Österlen. More precisely, the beach covers an area of several kilometers from the village of Löderups strand bad in the eastern part of the region to the well-known province of Skåne (southeastern part).
Despite the hard-to-pronounce name for tourists, this Stockholm beach is considered one of the best in Sweden and it is regularly included in lists of the most beautiful places in this country. The coastline is located in the Kungsholmen area and you can easily get to it by taxi or using the underground (you need to get off at the Fridhemsplan station).
Stranden Böda Sand
Böda Beach is one of the best and most popular beaches in Sweden, doubtless deserving such attention from both Swedes and visitors. It is placed on the east coast of Öland Island and stretches for as much as 20 kilometers. From the mainland, you can get here by car along Highway 137, although this trip would take you at least 5 hours. There are also train and bus routes, but this trip would take even longer.
This beach is located on tiny Sweden’s island Faro adjacent to Gotland. This beach is rightfully one of the best in the country: both due to the magnificent landscapes and soft almost white sand, as well as due to its proximity to historical sites. At first glance, it may seem that getting here even by car is quite difficult because you can get to Faro Island only by ferry crossing. But do not worry, the whole process of transportation is so simple and streamlined that it would not cause the slightest discomfort.
This place differs from most other popular beaches in Sweden in that it is located by the picturesque Lake Vattern. By the way, it is the second-largest beach in the country and is located in the central part of southern Sweden. You can get here from Stockholm in just 2.5 hours.
This is the local Riviera, as it has the largest number of beaches of any region in Sweden. Even though the city is home to over a million people, the beaches are never crowded. The beaches of Skane are covered with white sand along their entire length. There are also many restaurants nearby with gourmet food and local wine. There are many zoos and water parks in the city, and for those who came to Skane just for the sea, a variety of water slides and other attractions are installed on the coast.
Norrfällsviken Beach is placed on the island of Höga Kusten. It is well-known as an exciting and unique place not only in Sweden but throughout Europe. Picturesque views and calm waters attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. Despite this, this place is not as crowded as other recreation areas in Sweden. Plus, given the local climate, it’s unlikely to get a real Caribbean tan. But on the other hand, unforgettable emotions and many great photos are guaranteed to every tourist.
Mollön Peninsula Nude Beach
This unofficial Swedish nudist beach is located on the Mollon Peninsula and is a great place to swim in clear water on the west coast of Sweden. This topless beach is open to brave and liberated people who want to soak up the snow-white Swedish beach and swim in the warm sea. This is a picturesque area, although there are no beach resorts and public facilities here yet.
Liljeholmen Badet Beach
This Stockholm beach has many amenities for vacationers: bars, cafes, restaurants, karaoke. This is quite a popular destination in Sweden, so expect a lot of people. There are bare rocks and huge lawns. Visitors can bring food for a picnic or simply grab something from one of the cafes. The beach is known for its safety and water quality, which attracts visitors.
This is the second largest beach on the picturesque island of Gotland. With soft white sands and clear Baltic Sea waters, this is the perfect destination for an unforgettable Sweden vacation. At Tofta Strand, you can find tons of activities such as kitesurfing, beach volleyball, paddle surfing, and much more. Locals love this beach for its safety. As a rule, the northern part of the beach is preferred more among vacationers with families, while the southern part is mostly occupied by young people.
Knäbäckshusens Strand (also known as Rörums Strand) stretches nearly four kilometers along the Baltic Sea coast in southern Sweden. The beach consists of soft golden sand and is surrounded by dense pine forest, which gives this place an unspoiled and wild but at the same time beautiful and mysterious look. Knäbäckshusens Strand is one of the best places in the Swedish Skåne region. But there is one thing that can significantly ruin your vacation. Like in other beaches on the east side of Skåne, there are strong ebbs here, so if you decide to swim here, be careful. If you want to see something else besides the beach, then you can visit the small village of Knäbäckshusens, from which the beach got its name. Not far from it is the small wooden Knäbäckshusens chapel, a favorite place for many newlyweds.
The beautiful Skrea Strand lies across the river from the large city of Falkenberg. It began to gain its popularity back in the early 1900s, and by the 1930s it had become something of a famous resort. Stretching for more than 1 kilometer, Skrea Strand is composed of fine white sand, which in winter winds turned into low dunes behind the beach. Wandering among the dunes, you can find many small wooden chalets that are used as summer cottages and are rented out. There is a pier not far from the beach, which allows you to admire the picturesque views and breathe in the fresh sea air.
As you can see, the choice is really big. Each beach is unique and has its features. Choose whichever one you like (or better, several at once) and enjoy the warm sunny summer days in Sweden, of which there are not so many. We strongly recommend that you take a closer look at the beaches in Stockholm and on the island of Gotland because in addition to the beaches there is much more to see.
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