Kåseberga- a contemporary fishing village
"Offthe beaten frack, hidden behind ridges erossing the fields, the old harbour of Kåseberga she/ters from view. Rare/y, or never, does any siranger find his way here -most people are hard/y aware of its existence! But this place does indeed merit a visit, its beauty being one of the most remarkable offerings of Scania."
From the 1919 Swedish TourismAssociation 's annual publication, Bortom vägarna- Ett besök vid Kåseberga Fiskeläge, by Theodor Tufvesson.
Kåseberga is still a small fishing village on the Österlen coast, nestling on the hillside of Kåseberga ridge. lt only has 150 inhabitants, but offers visitors a rich and varied experience. Below steep cliffs, you can buy fresh and smoked fish in the smokerie along the quayside. Or, experience culinary treals with locally sourced arganie produce in different price ranges, from early breakfast until midnight. The harbour - the only one between Ystad and Skillinge - accommodates 20 visiting boats. lt's home to the Sea Rescue Museum with marine art and historical displays about the work of the Life Boat Association . In the 1940s, the first Swedish lifeboat stations were created here along the exposed shallow coastline, where the wind rapidly whips up a storm. On the seabed nearby, there is still a large marine cemetery with more than 300 ships.
Walking along the coast and wh ite sandy beaches to and from Kåseberga is partly possible via "Skåneleden". Kåseberga is also accessible by canoe from Nybrostrand. lt has an exciting flora and fauna; explore the sloping dune grasslands or spat the many species of bird and butterfly colonizing the area. If you'd like to marvel at all this from above, how about paragliding in one of Sweden's most popular paragliding areas?
The little village streets are home to many restaurantsand cafes- from infor mal eateries to gourmet dining - boutiques and galleries. Several artists - in different media - live in the area all year round and display their art in their own galleries.Artists discovered Kåseberga early and in days gone by great names such as Prince Eugen, Frans Berg and Tora Vega Holmström came here. Magnus Wallin, internationally renowned contemporary artist, grew up in Kåseberga and is descended from several generations of fishermen .
A Brief History
The earliest traces of any settlement by the sea date to the 16th century. lt was mainly the poor who were driven to this "waste land", to become fishe r men. The first Scandinavian inventory of ancient monuments in 1624 men tians Kåseberga as "Kasseblerge Le:e". In 1687 Kåseberga is marked on Buhrman's map. On Hilfeling's map of 1777, the houses are located behind the proleelive embankment below the flat rocks, where the smokerie is situ ated. Not until the 1930s did Kåseberga get a "real" road towards Ystad as weil as Simrishamn - Kustvägen - constructed during the period of great un employment. During the 1940s and 50s, fishingin Kåseberga had ils galden era with fish in great demand.
The oldest houses are by the square. Already in the 18th century the popu lation began moving houses up, away from the steep shoreline, and most were moved during the 19th century. The very last house was moved in 1920 and bought for 50 Swedish Crowns. During the 1980s, new residential areas built on the outskirts, towards Backåkra, were narned after different fishing familias' boats; Atlantic, Pinero, Orkanen, Diana and Belos. You can read more about this and the history of Kåseberga in "Kåsebergaboken" by Jonas Vikborg and local residents.The book is for sale at the Sea Rescue Museum