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About Båstad & Bjäre Peninsula

The reasons for visiting the Bjäre Peninsula are both many and very varied. A large part of our visitors return several times a year. Maybe for a visit to the family, a holiday week, a golf weekend or a weekend at the SPA. That the range of activities and recreation is so large and holds such a high class is of course a weighty reason. 


Båstad and the Bjäre Peninsula have not always been a place for comfortable summer life, parties, nature experiences and holidays. Here it was for centuries lean soils where the crops croaked in the salty wind. Poor farmers, hard-working on the border countries between Sweden and Denmark, had to pay the price for the two neighboring countries' eternal hardships. Taxes and military items were constantly collected from the free small farmers in the area and made life difficult. It was probably lucky that there was herring and cod in abundance.

About 4000 years ago, life was perhaps easier. Then, during the Bronze Age, people lived in villages around the Bjäre Peninsula and planted cultivation terraces in the mild coastal climate. Traces of the lives of Bronze Age people are everywhere. In the forest, there are terraces left on several plastics. Rock carvings and numerous burial mounds also make these early settlers still present in the landscape. The climate probably deteriorated over time. Perhaps the swede farming of the Bronze Age villages had impoverished the lands. Few remains exist from the period after the Bronze Age and up to the late Middle Ages is not much known. Neither castles nor estates came here to the meager outpost. Maybe it was too far from the highways. Too hilly and too much large forest. Centuries-old oaks grew in the landscape and for free poor farmers on the windy peninsula in western Snapphaneland, the forest became a livelihood during the Middle Ages. It literally went up in smoke at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen when the Danish fleet filled the ships with combustibles in Båstad and slid out over the Kattegatt's fish-rich waters.

Båstad received city privileges in the middle of the 1400th century but lost them in the 1600th century when the town became less and less important. The oak forest had run out, Skåne had become Swedish and Bjäre was still poor. Poor and lean and so difficult to grow that not even the large estates and castles on the Halland plain made the effort to acquire the land. They had enough vast fields to not even discern the neighbor's property. Perhaps the fishermen and farmers of the peninsula were also too suspicious, troublesome and headstrong. We can only guess about that, but the myth is sometimes managed with care by native Bjäre residents. Eventually, however, something would happen that changed the lives of many in the area. A new source of income, even today perhaps the most important industry and what has made Båstad and the Bjäre Peninsula well known throughout the country.

Bathers came.

Cozy resorts & villages

The Bjäre Peninsula breathes contrasts, in an environment of sea and fantastic views. Here is locally produced and organic around the corner while our cozy towns offer closeness and socializing. Bjäre is a very old name and surpasses the country's cities in age. As early as the middle of the 500th century, Bjäre was mentioned in a Latin-Gothic publication and was named Bergio. In Danish, mountains are pronounced as "bjer" and from this Bjäre has crystallized.


Already during the 1400th century, Båstad functioned as a market town. The expansion continued during the 1500th century and in 1664 Båstad became a "city spot". Then they were allowed to run urban industries such as crafts, retail, hawkery and inn. In 1788, during the battle of Båstad, the town was bravely defended against Russian warships. In 1858, Båstad became a köping and twelve years later, in 1870, the köping was hit by a severe fire that wiped out two thirds of society.

It was a tough time for the people of Bjäre, but eventually something happened that would change the lives of many in the area. Bathers came. Gradually, hotels and summer villas for rent were added. The seaside resort attracted many visitors and during a very expansive period in the early 1900th century, Ludvig Nobel established himself in Båstad. He bought land and had roads, sewers and infrastructure built in the western part of the town. Båstad created bathing history with the first cold bathing house at the end of the 1800th century. Today, a new bathhouse stands on the same site and many visitors and locals come here and enjoy sauna baths and an icy winter dip in the sea.

At one of the village's squares located next to the church there are a number of small shops, cafes, a tennis museum, restaurants and proximity to the harbor and tennis stadium where the Swedish Open is played every year. The tournament is among the oldest tennis tournaments in the world as it was established as an international tournament as early as 1948 through a collaboration between Båstad Malens Tennissällskap (BMTS) and the Swedish Tennis Association (SvTF). Since then, the tournament has been held every year in uninterrupted succession. Voted by the players since 2002 on the ATP Tour as the best

Båstad has a varied range of culture. Film festival, galleries, design farms and various kinds of crafts. Birgit Nilsson, who was one of the greatest opera singers of the 1900th century, grew up in the middle of Bjäre, in the village of Svenstad. Here the family farm is beautifully nestled between hills and pastures. The farm is today a museum, according to Birgit's wishes, where memories from childhood and the incomparable opera career are preserved. Märta Måås Fjetterström started her own textile workshop in 1919 on Agardhsgatan in Båstad, and is still a studio and shop for textile art.

How the name Båstad came about is something that has been discussed for a long time. Botzestede or Bothstede means mooring. Gradually, the spelling has changed. In a royal letter in 1558 concerning the construction of a brick kiln, the spelling is Bodstede. In a letter from the year 1569, "Lundhs Stifhts Landeborg" Baadstad writes. Over the years, the spelling has changed so that it became more and more similar to Båstad.


Source: Båstad Municipality, bastadmalen.se


Torekov is the cozy village with the charming houses at the far end of the Bjäre Peninsula. The town has always been characterized by the sea and the beautiful beach operation grows close to the beach grounds. Here you will find, among other things, a school, shops, library, sports field and petrol station.

The village has a very old history thanks to the natural harbor that the cliffs at Warmbadhuset offer. Just above the harbor is an open space where the first medieval church was located, St. Thoras Church, which is still a popular meeting place today. The small fishing village developed in the middle of the 1800th century into a prosperous society, where shipping dominated. Many of the sea captain's houses and fishermen's cottages that make up the village's idyllic street environment date from this time.

The place name Torekov means either "the bay at the height" or "Thoras hut". However, it is not possible to determine which of the interpretations is the correct one.

In Torekov there are various types of sea baths, marinas with active sailing and boating life and many other associations - not least the sports association. Torekov is a kind of junction for the hiking trail Skåneleden both to the northeast and south. Large parts of the surrounding beach land, the mills, are set aside as nature reserves and a popular walking area in all weathers. Outside the community is Hallands Väderö with wonderful nature and good boat connections. A much appreciated excursion destination for all ages.

Many people choose to live in Torekov thanks to the fantastic location by the sea. Through many visitors and holiday homes, you have surprisingly good service in relation to the size. By bus or car, it is possible to commute to work in Båstad, Ängelholm or other nearby cities. Train station is in Båstad and airport in Ängelholm.

Torekov has an 18-hole golf course that is nationally known for being playable all year round. There are also tennis and mini golf courses and a very popular campsite (First Camp) right at the entrance to the village, which is one of Sweden's most beautifully situated.

In the southern part of the community there is a large and modern conference facility with SPA and down in the village there is a historic hot bath house with wellness center, cafes and restaurants.

The number of inhabitants in Torekov is about 1 people.

Source: Båstad municipality


Förslöv's history is rich and dramatic. On April 20, 1677, the common people gathered in Förslöv's vicarage, where they were forced to make a declaration of allegiance to help eradicate the snappers. It was namely the case that the forests around Förslöv at that time had been a snapphan stronghold for many years.

The place name Förslöv is borrowed from the church village, and probably consists of the male name "Faer" and the word lov which means "inherited or transferred property".

Here is one of the municipality's largest employers, the listed company PEAB. In other respects, the area is characterized by agriculture and a large number of small businesses in handicrafts and trade.

Crafts are something that many of Försölv's residents are passionate about. Here you will find the shop Annalunda, which sells everything you need if you like to do crafts. Fabrics, quilt accessories, buttons, patterns and books. At Vistorpsgården Skinn & Hantverk they work with sheep breeding and there is also a nice farm shop where you can buy oak skins. In the Syknuten store you will find fabrics, thread, furniture accessories and they can also help you sew up curtains, pillowcases and simpler seats and cushions. Klippt och Skuret is the shop that offers birds carved by Kenneth Petersson, clothes made from organically grown cotton and hemp, organic and fair trade and good dark chocolate. At Bygdeskräddaren, courses in folk costume sewing are held.

From Förslöv you can also enjoy the magnificent view of the sea towards the beautiful silhouette of the Kulla Peninsula.

The number of inhabitants in Förslöv is approximately 2 people.

Source: Båstad Municipality, butikenannalunda.se, syknuten.se, klipptskuret.com


The village is admittedly small, but there is still good service here. Grevie offers varied nature, including the strawberry place Grevie Backar. The many slopes consist of grassy pebble ridges that in the spring are filled with slopes. Feel free to go up the slopes - from here you have a nice view of Skälderviken and Kullaberg.

In and around the village there are about 350 ancient monuments. The medieval stone church was built in the 1800th century and in 1937 received a fresco by Pär Siegård. The baptismal font is from the 1200th century.

The place name Grevie, J Graewie, (transcript), which is borrowed from the church village, has its origin in the word burial mound.

The village's largest employer is the listed company Lindab with its head office and manufacturing unit Lindab Ventilation. Trävaruaktiebolaget NP Nilssons has been in Grevie since 1907 and is the village's oldest company. There are also a number of medium-sized companies here together with a large number of small businesses and agriculture.

The number of inhabitants in Grevie is about 1 people. With its central location on the Bjäre Peninsula, it feels as if everything is within reach in Grevie. You get to the airport by car in a quarter of an hour and even the continent feels close.
Source: Båstad municipality

West Karup

Västra Karup is beautifully and centrally located in the municipality with the church in the middle of the village. The lands around the village have probably been cultivated since the Stone Age, but it was not until the Middle Ages that the village itself arose. The villagers were fishermen and sea captains. However, most of those who lived in the village itself were farmers. In Västra Karup, the country's first dairy was started, which, however, is closed today. The place name refers to the naming church village and probably comes from the male name "Kake" and an older name for "croft" or "new building". Västra is added to be separated from Östra Karup.

Västra Karup offers a varied nature and proximity to the sea. Picturesque Rammsjö with its beach, swimming pool and marina is a stone's throw away. Glimminge planting offers good swimming opportunities and here is a football pitch that is playable all year round.

At Rammsjögård Hotell you can in the countryside in a newly renovated stable that has 5 modern but rustic rooms. During the season, it is possible to accompany the potato picker and pick up your own potatoes for dinner.

In Butikerna på gården you will find both tasty delicacies at Tant Grön's and stylish clothes in the Elin and Arvid store. Kulturmejan, which serves as both a gallery, café and shop, is well worth a visit.

Brigit Nilsson's grave at Västra Karup's church is a popular place to visit. The grave is clearly visible at the church's eastern entrance, right next to the road that runs between the parish home and the church. Not far from Västra Karup is Hov, which is best known for Hovs Hallar with its majestic cliffs along the sea. Here you can hike, enjoy breathtaking views, buy an ice cream or a piece of food. It was also here that Max von Sydow played chess with death in Ingemar Bergman's film, The Seventh Seal. The place name means "elevation, small mound" but later with the meaning "pagan temple, larger courtyard, etc.". Hov is a historic town located in a landscape with great natural and cultural environmental value. Here are a large number of burial mounds and burial fields from both the Bronze and Iron Ages, fossil arable land and hollow roads. When the first church was built in the 1100th century, there was probably already an older place of worship here. Today's newer church from 1839 is a landmark on western Bjäre.
The number of inhabitants in Västra Karup and Hov is approximately 1 people.

Source: Båstad Municipality, butikernapagarden.se, kulturmejan.se, ramsjogardhotell.se

Eastern Karup

In the past, Östra Karup had an exposed location by the country road over Hallandsås, the village's population was often raped by passing soldiers, snatchers and robbers. Today, the peaceful village is characterized by housing and agriculture. This is also where you will find the municipality's oldest church, which was built during the 1s.

Due to its location by the E6, Östra Karup offers good communications to both north and south. From here, the distance to cities such as Halmstad, Gothenburg, Helsingborg and Malmö feels short.

In Östra Karup there is Äppelgården's golf club which has an 18-hole course in a unique environment with varying character. There is also a traditional manor house boarding house that offers conference facilities together with the popular "farm fight".

The well-known profile Hasse Andersson, also known as Hasse Kvinnaböske now lives in Grevie. During the 1980s, Hasse Andersson made several of his own TV series, including Hasse and his friends, which took place in a barn. The scenography was so realistic that people thought the barn was in reality, but it was a studio production. In 1991, the barn became a reality when he started the show restaurant Hasses Lada in Boarp, which he ran until 2002.

For the shopping-savvy, here is Gränslösa, which offers everything you need at home at favorable prices. The store is located at the entrance to Båstad. In Östra Karup you will also find Willab Garden's exhibition shop where you can take a closer look at conservatories, greenhouses and accessories. Both the beginner and the more experienced can get good ideas and tips. In addition to the catalog range, there are also current seasonal products and different garden accents that can be the perfect gift for the garden enthusiast.

The place name Östra Karup is borrowed from the church village and contains the male name "Kake" and croft "nybygge". Östra is added to separate for Västra Karup.

The number of inhabitants in Östra Karup is approximately 1 people.

Source: Båstad Municipality, granslosa.com, willabgarden.se


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