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Stenshuvud National Park, Kivik

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Stenshuvud is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Scania, close to Kivik in Simrishamn Municipality. Since 1986, it is one of the National parks of Sweden. The park covers an area of about 3.9km2.The hill is 97m high and faces the Baltic Sea. Since the surrounding landscape is relatively flat, it can be seen from a great distance and has traditionally been used as a landmark for seafarers. Many visitors trek up the hill to enjoy the view which is very good in clear weather.Most of the area is covered with broadleaf forest, especially European hornbeam. The park also contains heaths, meadows and swamps. Because of the mild climate and varied habitats, many different animal and plant species can be encountered in the park. The park contains unusual Swedish wildlife such as the hazel dormouse, Eurasian golden oriole, European tree frog and agile frog. There are about 600 vascular plant species, including several types of orchids and the very rare barren strawberry.Below the hill there is a popular beach for swimming. Close to the top are the remains of a ruin of a 5th- or 6th-century fortress.According to local folklore, the hill got its name ("Sten's head") from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.
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  • When we were here gave the Park on a beautiful winter coats. We wandered across the blue and the Red route. Can recommend the Red up to the lookout. We even went a bit on the yellow going around the whole Park. Imagine that the yellow is the most beautiful trail on spring and summer.
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  • Lovely nature and nice nature trails through the Park. Our walk began in sunshine and ended in a downpour, but what did amazingly beautiful with unexpected meetings in the middle of the trail, see pictures
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  • There are several beautiful walking trails, up at the top, across to the lighthouse or through pastures and Heather to the sea. Swim and sunbathe.
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  • Great place for a short or long walk (2-6 km). Huge diversity in plant life where the scenery changes all the time. Wonderfull view from the top of the cliff and a nice sandy beach.
  • Incredible diversity in a very small area. Sandy beaches and green forests, frogs and orchids, just beautiful!
  • Highest peak in Skåne! Definitely worth a visit, whole area is a national park. Why not go to the beach and enjoy the ocean.
  • Absolutely lovely! Contains a lot of different types of nature and also beautiful beaches.
  • Incredible beaches (water is very cold but you can swim if you want to), free museum , nice trails (from 10 - 90 minutes), free parking, cute café.