Båstads Kommun

The Bjäre Peninsula

The municipality Båstad extends over the entire peninsula Bjäre in the northwest of Skåne. The town Båstad is the main town of the municipality and internationally known as the Swedish Tennis metropolis. It hosts the the Swedish Open since 1948.

The sea is omnipresent and beautiful beaches on the Bay of Skälderviken, the Bay of Laholm and on the island Halland Väderö attract numerous beach lovers . The uninhabited island is also one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in Sweden.

At the north side of the peninsula runs the mountain ridge Hallandsåsen. It is ideal for long walks in the nature and forms fascinating cliffs at the head of the peninsula, known as Hovs Hallar. On the way towards the head of the peninsula you can see the award-winning park Norrvikens Trädgårdar.

The Swedish Tennis Museum in Båstad is evidence of the importance of the sport, but is not the only interessting tourist destination in the region. One of the most famous daughters of the region was in fact the world-famous opera singer Birgit Nillson (1918–2005) and there is a small museum in her home village Svenstad where you can learn about her life.

The region is an area of ancient settlementa and some prehistoric relics on the peninsula witness that fact. The largest and most famous of this relics is Dagshög, the largest Bronze Age grave mound in Skåne.

The municipality is divided into a total of 7 towns with more than 200 inhabitants. By far the largest town is the main town Båstad with almost 5,000 inhabitants, followed by Förslöv (2,100 inhabitants). The next largest villages are the popular tourist town of Torekov (900 inhabitants), Grevie (800 inhabitants) and Östra Karup (600 inhabitants).