Roads and a shore promenade take you through Båstad. A bit to
the east, the River Stensån winds its way through species rich
woodlands and fens.
Keep your eyes out for harbour seals when you walk along the cycle
tracks along the coast. They often haul up and rest on the rocks
that stick up out of the water close to the shore.
When you turn inland you can continue to Småryd, a few kilometres
from the Trail. This offers a Mediterranean feel with views over
the sea and the very winding Italian road
The northern slope of the ridge has unusually good growing
conditions and you walk past Norrviken Garden and a woodland with
orchids by the entrance.
Leave the tarmac and head uphill on a winding path. You soon reach
Englandsdals Nature Reserve, a geologically interesting site with
grazing animals. There are deep ravines with 30 metre high cliff
walls, scree slopes and a stream which has eroded a deep cleft in
The last stretch follows a winding road through an open and hilly
landscape with lovely views.
The name Båstad comes from "Botstaedae" (place for boats). King
Kristian I had heard about all the oaks on the ridge, suitable for
ship building. In 1450 he bought the land and had a harbour built
with associated town and church. If you want to see the older parts
of the town, then Agardhsgatan, the square and the harbour are good
When you travel through the town, you pass by several interesting
historical sites. The Galta stones were erected in the Iron Age but
the stories about the stones, the ousted king and his horses
originate from the middle ages.
By the harbour you walk past the tennis centre and a couple of
blocks further on, there is a tennis museum. In the 1930s and 40s,
Båstad became synonymus with tennis around the world and class
players such as Borg, Wilander and Edberg have all played
The town of Båstad is also associated with the weaver Märta
Måås-Fjetterström and slippers.
A long narrow bank covered in cannons is Båstad fortress.
Attacking Russians were frightened away from here in 1788.