Just like the adjacent section across the Falsterbo peninsula,
between Foteviken and Ljungen, you are provided with a large
portion of sand. The whole peninsula is made up of this material.
The surrounding sea is an area where sand is always on the move and
that is absolutely teeming with fish.
The peninsula is also an internationally known migrating bird
site, where many of the Northern European migrating birds use this
area as a springboard for their journey south. On warm autumn days,
the air space above Skanör heathland is filled with gliding
raptors. They make use of the thermals; the warm air which rises up
from the ground, to gain height and then glide on out across the
Just to the south you can see Ängsnäset; the birds' promised land.
Here there is a lagoon which is surrounded by a long narrow bank
and waders such as pied avocet and redshank walk around in the
East of the heathland you follow golfing paths past pools where
you can stumble across the unusual natterjack toad. On summer
evenings you can hear the rasping sound from toads trying to
attract a mate. It is forbidden to collect balls during this
period, so as to avoid disturbing the toads.
In the eastern part of this section you walk along the beach and
at warmer times of the year, you need to rub along with sunbathers
and kite surfers.
The sandy peninsula found a place on the world map early on as
an important trading location, as far back as the 1100s. The
renowned Skåne Market continued up until the 1500s.
As you walk across the heathland at Skanör, you experience how the
peninsula looked 150 years ago, when larger areas were common land
and filled with grazing animals. In the western part of the
heathland, you walk over the small stream called Ammerännan.
In the middle ages, this was a canal where sailing boats could
travel; at least those which were flat-bottomed boats.
Just north of the golf course, your curiosity may be aroused by
the mysterious place called Skyttsie Hage. Banks and foundations
reflect the fact that there was a large settlement here in the
middle ages (1200-1350 AD). Was this the temporary quarters of the
King; a royal estate? With deer or a hunting ground to amuse
themselves? Or was it something completely different? If you delve
a little deeper, you can find the remains from even older
buildings, from the time just after the birth of Christ. Could this
have been the first farm on the peninsula?
Turn off and follow the Falsterbo canal, a popular place for
fishing for flat fish. The idea with the canal was to avoid the
treacherous banks around the peninsula and the farmers of Skanör
started digging it 1896, but soon realised it was too big a job.
When the sea outside also became filled with German mines,
parliament made a quick decision about the canal and in 1941, the
first boat travelled along it. More than 5000 boats passed through
the canal, the year after it was built.