Does the song of the sea end at the shore or in the hearts of those who listen to it? (Khalil Gibran)
I don’t like neither extreme heat neither crowded beaches, I dislike thousands of beach umbrellas placed so near that you can breathe the smell of your neighbour, I suffer the heat, sweat, my blood pressure drops down and I have to take medicine to stay healthy… But anyway I love sea, sandy beaches, relaxing in the sun, in addition to the benefit of the sun on our organism and for the growth of children. For this reason I visit Italian beaches mainly off season and fortunately, living quite near the sea, we can enjoy them all year.
As an alternative to the sea in Italy, surely the Nordic Countries offer stunning beaches and seaside resorts that often Italians don’t know, but that are really worth to share and to stand out.
Let’s dispell the myth that for us Italians it’s too cold by the sea in the Nordic Countries: just choose the right time of year and the right time of the day. In addition to choosing the right locations.
Ystad Saltsjöbad: Paradise is located on the southern coast of Sweden
Beaches in Sweden (and generally in Northern Europe) have that free and wild aspect, with many coastal dunes and vegetation. The green soul and environmental awareness rooted in northern population and authorities have prevented the overbuilding of the coasts, trying to preserve – helped also by the weather, very different from the Mediterranean one – the original appearance.
In the area of Ystad, the largest town on the south-east coast of Sweden, one of the most beautiful beaches, close to a forest area, with small dunes and fine white sand is Saltsjöbadbeach.
Just behind the beach, one of our must-visit in our tour along the southern coast of Sweden, stands the Hotel Ystad Saltsjöbad.
Ystad Saltsjöbad has a Newport style in its architecture and decoration, which contribute even more, with vivid colors and maritime style, to exalt the light of Sweden.
That light that you can only understand if you traveled northern Countries. And that not only illuminates the Baltic making it glow at dusk and making special your photos: that wonderful light gets inside you and gives a golden appearance, romantic and sometimes nostalgic, to people and objects. In two words: peace and relax.
You can not move from the hotel for days: besides the pool (outdoor, heated) and the delightful restaurant, there are a bar, a SPA and a number of living areas furnished with sublime taste.
The exterior is overlooking on one side at the restaurant, with a wide choice of different environments, and on the other on the beach where you can sunbathe, play with kids or simply be soothed by the sound of the waves of Baltic Sea.
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Rooms are elegantly furnished, with attention to detail. In general hotel rooms in Scandinavia are rather small in size, while at YstadSaltsjöbad everything has the right fit and into our room we’ve found space for a chair and a desk corner. There was also an elegant corner dedicated to tea and coffee.
The predominant colors, white and blue, are like those of the Baltic Sea: it could not be otherwise. Everything recalls the maritime environment and holiday mood, always with chic and stylish tones.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the restaurant or in the terrace and outdoor spaces: it is a large buffet with sweet and salty food. Even vegans or those with allergies to gluten or lactose intolerance will find wide range of products.
And for children?
The SPAdoes not have access to less than 16 years people, but certainly the children they will not regret! You can go separately and while the other parent enjoy with the children the playground in the pine forest adjacent or visit the beach or the pool.
Sissi was also entertained in the beautiful living rooms with lots of books: a little cultural break for anyone who likes reading.
Ystad Saltsjöbad: what to visit in and around Ystad
Ystad Saltsjöbad is pure and total relaxation combined with chic and elegance. You won’t need anything else!
But if you want to do some sightseeing and escape for a day from the beach life, then I can recommend the nearby cultural attractions of Ales Stenar or Glimmingehus.
Be sure to be armed with camera because the views are truly breathtaking!
Alternatively, you can visit the historical centre of the city of Ystad: if you love TV series (originally from the book) of Inspector Wallander, you will know this city for sure! Get lost in the streets of this small old town with typical houses and stone streets: don’t be alarmed if you hear playing a horn! Since 1250, the NightWatchman blow the Horn from the Tower of the Sankta Maria Kyrka (every 15 minutes from 21.15 to 3 in the night), anciently a fire safety.