Late summer in Halmstad – extend the summer

Don’t for a moment think that August marks the end of summer. On the contrary, think of it as the start of a delightful period of cosy picnics, refreshing dips, pleasant evenings and long-awaited after-work gatherings. Late summer in Halmstad is all about peace and quiet, with the soft rays of the sun warming deep into the autumn.

As well as the magnificent natural surroundings waiting to be discovered, many of the area’s summer restaurants and al fresco dining experiences remain open into the autumn. Here are a few tips on how best to extend your summer in Halmstad.

Cooling late-summer bathing

Squeeze every last drop from your summer by packing your bag for a day at the beach. Build sandcastles, search for shells, stroll along the water’s edge or take a dip in the waves. Hopefully it will still be warm enough. Halmstad has a number of lovely beaches to choose from: Tjuvahålan, Svärjarehålan or Gröningen at Östra stranden are all great if you like to take a quick dip from a jetty. Should you prefer having fun among the sand dunes, then Tylösand, Haverdal or Gullbranna will suit you perfectly. And don’t forget to pack a warm sweater and perhaps a thermos of hot chocolate, just in case the wind is on the chilly side.

 Surfer in Halmstad

Photo: Mathias Strandberg, Mostphotos

Catch a wave

Late summer and autumn also bring stronger winds, which is excellent news if you enjoy surfing. And there are numerous beaches from which to choose. If kite surfing is your thing, Påarp and Västra stranden are both good spots. Sandhamn and Görvik are now the most popular wave surfing spots in the Halmstad area for a number of reasons. If you prefer standing, Vilshärad, Haverdal and Ringenäs are usually safe bets for wind surfing, as long as the wind is blowing in the right direction. For further tips, equipment or to test a sport, contact one of our surfing experts at Kitekalle (Swe),external link, opens in new window Ohana (Swe)external link, opens in new window or Namasea Surf School (Swe).external link, opens in new window

Among the rooftops with a glass of bubbly

The feeling of sitting in one of Halmstad’s rooftop bars with a cool drink and magical views across the city is hard to beat. Rooftop bar Gretas Takexternal link, opens in new window at Hotell Mårtensonexternal link, opens in new window is a playful oasis inspired by the garden parties held in the apple orchards around Halmstad. An equally obvious choice on a late-summer evening as on a crisp autumn day, wrapped in a blanket and sipping on a warming beverage.

Halmstad’s second rooftop bar will be opening on the ninth floor of Halmstad Plazaexternal link, opens in new window on 1 September 2021. The terrace of this sumptuous skybar offers enchanting views across Laholm Bay.

Kompisgäng på uteservering i Halmstad

Foto: Minna Elisa

Picnic, take-away or al fresco dining

One of the simplest ways to prolong the summer is to eat dinner outdoors. Pack a picnic basket with local delicacies and spread your blanket on the rocks at Grötvik or Steninge. Or buy pizza to go and enjoy it on the beach as the sun sets into the sea – a perfect end to the day! We have collected even more picnic places on our picnic page.

Prefer dinner at a restaurant? Enjoy the last warm evenings on one of Halmstad’s restaurant terraces. Several popular restaurants in Tylösand remain open during September, including Restaurang Salt,external link, opens in new window Leif´s Pizza,external link, opens in new window Hyggeexternal link, opens in new window and Zigges Beach Club,external link, opens in new window all of which are well worth a visit for a summery drink and good food. Nor should you miss Göstas Café och Restaurang,external link, opens in new window new addition Agave Glocalexternal link, opens in new window or World of Riccardoexternal link, opens in new window for Italian pizza and wonderful gelato. Several city-centre restaurants continue to serve outdoors into the autumn, including the cosy Zigges Garage,external link, opens in new window the hip Söderfamiljen,external link, opens in new window the popular The Bullsexternal link, opens in new window and the pleasant Hummër Grill & Bar.external link, opens in new window So, you should have no problem finding a suitable al fresco dining experience during September!

Play padel at sunset

What’s not to like about exercising in the fresh air? And the experience can only be improved by wonderful views. Halmstad has a number of outdoor courts that guarantee a scenic backdrop. Ringenäs Golf Club (Swe)external link, opens in new window has an outdoor court with fantastic sea views. There is also a nice court adjacent to Halmstad Golf Club (Swe),external link, opens in new window while Strandtorp Padel (Swe)external link, opens in new window has two courts on Östra stranden and HBK Padel (Swe)external link, opens in new window has three courts at the Örjans vall sports ground on the bank of the Nissan. Once the temperature drops, you can exchange the outdoor courts for any of Halmstad’s many indoor courts.

Två personer paddlar kanot i Halmstad

Foto: Alexander Hall

Active nature experiences

As temperatures become somewhat milder and the air fresher, late summer is the ideal time for outdoor adventures in nature. Explore the beautiful Simlångsdalen by kayak or canoe. Glide serenely through the still waters, going ashore to enjoy your packed lunch at any of the charming beauty spots on the riverbank. You can rent kayaks and canoes and book courses at Flyta.nu. external link, opens in new window

For those inclined to undertake a slightly more action-packed activity, there is Mountain Biking in Halmstadexternal link, opens in new window. Sign up for a guided MTB tour through the forest or rent bikes for your own excursion. One suggestion for late summer is to explore the Kattegattleden coastal cycle path. Sweden’s first national cycle path is equally if not more beautiful at this time of year, as nature shifts towards the harvesting season. Should you be inspired to explore Halmstad and the surrounding area by bicycle, you can also rent bicycles from Kitekalle (Swe).external link, opens in new window Tips on more bike paths can be found on our page about bike paths.

 Mountain bikers take a break by a lake in Halmstad

Photo: Mountain Biking in Halmstad

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