My visits to Åhus have partly been made on a press trip by Visit Kristianstad, but all thoughts and opinions are as usual my own .
In northeastern Skåne, the small town of Åhus is located on the white beaches of Hanö Bay. For most tourists, Åhus is the very image of a wonderful resort town with lots of swimming and sun, but Åhus is a wonderful destination all year round. Edged by the extensive Vattenriket and filled with lots of sights, history and wonderful places to eat, there is something to do every day of the year. Not just during the summer. Even though the summer in Skåne is always a winner…
1. TÄPPETSTRANDEN WITH ÅHUSBRYGGAN
Are we on a beach in Aruba? Or maybe in Florida? No, this is Täppet’s beautiful beach, lined with pastel-colored small bathing cabins at the foot of the large pine at Åhusbryggan. As early as the 19th century, it was possible to take a “swimming train” to Täppet from Kristianstad, to be able to sunbathe on the white sandy beach with the crystal clear water. And I understand why. The beach is shallow and child-friendly and could have been placed in any holiday magazine. Would you rather swim from the jetty instead of the beach? Say no more. Åhusbryggan is 120 meters long and brings you fast into deeper water.
2. ÄSPET NATURE RESERVE
Almost in the middle of Åhus is Äspet’s nature reserve. Here you are not met by the fertile and lush Skåne you might be used to, but a barren landscape of dunes with conifers and the bird lagoon Korran. An enchanting landscape that looks just like an illustration by John Bauer.
It is easy to spend half a day in the nature reserve and watch migratory birds, walk over the dunes or have a picnic on the beach. Do not miss the outdoor museum at Snickarhaken’s car park. Here you can learn more about Åhus’ resort town history, life in the sea in Hanö Bay, dramatic shipwrecks in the area and the coast’s eel fishing.
3. ABSOLUT HOME
Visiting Absolut Home is like visiting a nice international museum about Swedish industrial history. This is not just a visit to a factory, this is a visual experience and a story about Absolut’s eccentric founder Lars Olsson Smith, brand creation and Skåne’s agriculture. The inspiring guides take you on an experience that covers all the senses. At the end of the tour, you will even learn to shake a non-alcoholic cos-no-politician like a real bartender.
A visit to Absolut Home ends best with a lunch in their award-winning top class restaurant.
4. BICYCLE ON THE SOUTHEAST TRAIL
The bicycle path Sydostleden goes all the way from Växjö to Simrishamn and passes Åhus on the section Kristianstad-Brösarp (53 km). Take the opportunity to rent a bike in Åhus and go on a day trip on the well-maintained bike path. Cycle south towards Brösarp if you want to experience the Åla coast’s small fishing huts and the nice beaches that just continue forever along the coast. Have coffee at the mill Blåherremölla or make a detour for steaming fresh fish at Rökeriet between Åhus and Yngsjö .
5. THE EEL COAST
For many years, the eel was one of the area’s most important sources of income, so it’s no wonder that the coast between Åhus and Kivik is still called the Åla coast (The Eel Coast). Along the entire coast you will find windswept old eel huts, some of which are still in use. Today, eel fishing is very limited and only a few fishermen today have permission to fish eel, but from August to November you can still experience some of the most Scanian there is – a real eel guild .
I passed Tvillingabodarna in May and got to experience the preparations for that year’s fishing season and hear real fishing stories from the fishermen. A real highlight to any trip!
6. MEDIEVAL ÅHUS
Åhus dates back to the Iron Age, but during the 13th to 15th centuries, Åhus flourished. Trade gained momentum and a ring wall was built around the city – a wall that still partly remains. It’s not only Visby that has a ring wall.
If you want to learn more about Åhus’ history, I recommend that you download the free app “Medieval Åhus” on your mobile and head out on the guided tour around central Åhus. You can choose between a “family tour” or a “long tour”. We took the long tour around Åhus’ small alleys and got to learn the story of the castle ruins in the harbor, the town hall, St Anna’s hospital and of course – the ring wall.
7. EAT ICE CREAM
No ice cream is as associated with Åhus as Otto and the ice cream factory . When the old company “Åhus ice cream” was closed down, the former ice cream master, Otto Albrektsson, started Otto and the ice cream factory a few years later. This is Swedish ice cream with a lot of flavor – preferably served in a home-baked waffle. My favorite flavor? I have to say violet. Which one is yours?
You can find Ottoglass in the kiosk on the square in Åhus or in Täppets kiosk ( Fädriften 6 ).
Do you want to buy a lot of ice cream? Then head to the factory shop in Yngsjö !
8. CHURCH OF ST. MARY
For over 900 years, St. Mary’s Church in central Åhus has gathered people from all over the area. In sickness and in health. The medieval church is still very lively and welcoming. There are many interesting graves to view in the cemetery (where the years can not really be true when you do the math…), but the inside of the church is also worth a visit. Inside the large wooden gates, you are greeted by incredible light and beautiful glass art glitters everywhere. A beautiful place and a beautiful building with a lot of history.
9. THE CRANES AT THE SLEDGE
You do not have to go to the lake Hornborgasjön to see the cranes’ dance. In March-April, the cranes stop at Lake Pulken and rest and eat up after their long flight over the Baltic Sea. The sound is almost deafening when the cranes “trumpet”, dance and spread their wings. When we were there in early April 2021, there were 5,750 cranes in place. A truly memorable moment that I hope to experience again next spring.
10. HIKE THE SKÅNELEDEN ON THE SL6 SECTION
If you prefer to hike more than bicycle, Åhus is located in the middle of Skåneleden’s section SL6 Vattenriket. Hike the section Ekenabben-Åhus (19 km) towards Kristianstad or Åhus-Nyehusen (16 km) south past Äspet. Hike barefoot on the fine-grained beaches, visit the old village Rinkaby, the nature reserve Gropahålet or the places to visit in Vattenriket. There are plenty of exciting places to discover along the hiking trail.
There are many restaurants and cafes along SL6, so if you do not want to bring a lunch bag, you have plenty of options. Do not want to go back and forth? It is possible to take municipal transport back to Åhus. Read more and find your bus on Skånetrafiken .
BONUS FAVOURITE: COFFEE AND GOOD FOOD
But didn’t I just say ten favourites? Yes I know. But for a small town, Åhus has very many good cafés and restaurants. So many, that I have even collected them in my own post: Eating and coffee in Åhus – Five tips for food lovers (in Swedish)
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