Österlen and Simrishamn
The plains in Österlen lie in the southeastern part of the Swedish region “Skåne”. In this area with beautiful landscape the only town that is relatively large is Simrishamn. It is populated by 6500 people so it is not very big at all which makes it very local and cosy. Österlen is a very artistic area where many Swedish artists move to so they can work and live there. During Easter there are many art exhibitons around Österlen in the small villages where the artists display their art. They call it “Konstrundan” which means “The Round of Art”. You can have the opportunity to experience this if you stay in one of the holiday cottages that NOVASOL has to offer for a self catering holiday in Sweden. Simrishamn has many lovely streets and backyards to see when visiting. It consists mostly of small houses in pastel colours such as yellow. In the center of the town lies the church “St. Nicholas” which is exciting to visit when you are in Simrishamn. The town used to be part of Denmark as well as Skåne. The Danes did however have to give up the town and many others in order to stop the war and make peace between Sweden and Denmark in the first “Karl-Gustav” war. The Danes had to do this because if they did not then Denmark might have been taken over by Sweden. The peace treaty involved Sweden getting some areas and towns that have been going back and forth between Denmark and Sweden. These events happened in the 17th century. There is also a very exciting row of rocks to visit that form a ship tumulus called “Stenene i Ales”; meaning “The Stones in Ales”. This is probably from the time that the Vikings roamed the North and has been historically dated back to 500 B.C. Rent a NOVASOL holiday cottage today and get the best possible out of a trip to Österlen in Sweden.