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.
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), Ohana (Swe) or Namasea Surf School (Swe).
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 Tak at Hotell Mårtenson 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 Plaza on 1 September 2021. The terrace of this sumptuous skybar offers enchanting views across Laholm Bay.
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, Leif´s Pizza, Hygge and Zigges Beach Club, all of which are well worth a visit for a summery drink and good food. Nor should you miss Göstas Café och Restaurang, new addition Agave Glocal or World of Riccardo for Italian pizza and wonderful gelato. Several city-centre restaurants continue to serve outdoors into the autumn, including the cosy Zigges Garage, the hip Söderfamiljen, the popular The Bulls and the pleasant Hummër Grill & Bar. 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) has an outdoor court with fantastic sea views. There is also a nice court adjacent to Halmstad Golf Club (Swe), while Strandtorp Padel (Swe) has two courts on Östra stranden and HBK Padel (Swe) 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.
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.
For those inclined to undertake a slightly more action-packed activity, there is Mountain Biking in Halmstad. 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). Tips on more bike paths can be found on our page about bike paths.
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