"Long & broad sandy beach with thousands of shipwrecks and elks"
Sandhammaren beach is part of a very long and wide stretch of pale fine sand that constitutes the second longest continuous playa in Skåne. It is often promoted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sweden. High grassy sand dunes line the beach and further inland pinetrees that were planted with the purpose to reduce sandstorms. Due to erosion of coastal areas in the west the dunes are continuously growing. The scenery is natural towards both north and south. The beach is facing open sea and waters are commonly cold. There is frequently some presence of seaweed. Note that strong currents prevail in the water, especially when wind direction is towards land. This part of the coastline gets dumping waves from passing ships. Always walk out in the water and swim the way back. Although the water is shallow beaches on the western or northeastern part of Skånes coast are more suitable for children.
✓ The waters of Sandhammaren beach are the most abundant in the number of shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea - it is said there are thousands of them. This is why the beach is called "the sand hammer". Some were plundered by pirates after getting stuck on the low ridges of sand that border the shore.
✓ The beach is situated in a nature reserve that goes by the same name. The sandfields and dunes are rich in rare species of herbs and there is an abundance in butterflies and migrating birds.
✓ Visit the old lighthouse on the beach or enjoy the natural reserve with Sweden’s most southerly population of elks.