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Stenshuvud National Park, Kivik
(4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
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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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  • Park is beautiful. But, you should have hiking boots. At times only a trail and full Fundlinge.
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  • When going up against viewpoints the first time will be almost shocked by the view of the beach that makes you think you are on completely different latitudes of the world. A day at the beach and a swim in the sea is a must ...
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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.