On turning off the Route E22 at Bröms heading for Kristianopel, this is where Kustvägen starts. In the early days this was the border between Sweden and Denmark. At the bridge crossing Brömsebäck there is a memory stone raised in commemoration of the peace agreement made in Brömsebro in 1645. A short walk from here one can find remnants of the fortifications from the old fortress of Brömsehus.
Continuing on the Kustvägen in a southerly direction towards Kristianopel one will pass the sandy pine tree covered nature reserve Högasand. In this area the ant lion insect can be seen.
The narrow and winding Kustvägen will take you past the old and locally well known festival place called Masten and shortly thereafter you will arrive in the small idyllic village of Kristianopel. The best is to park the car and then to stroll amongst the typical small wooden houses where the colourful rose gardens are plentiful. Feel and enjoy the windswept smells of roses and the sea. You can also walk on top of the remains of the fortress wall and enjoy the village surroundings from a raised vantage point. One can actually walk around a good part of the village up on top of this fortress wall. From a seat on one of the harbour benches one can enjoy the vast sea area and in the horizon imagine the southernmost cape of Öland.
Larger events, which are arranged in Kristianopel, are such as the Midsummer celebrations, Coastal Marathon, Asparagus market, Harbour festival and Christmas market. In addition there are several concerts and live music arrangements held in the church and in the restaurants.
Kristianopel is also known as one of the few places in Sweden to have the most annual sun hours, an added advantage for a visit. There are several small shops, restaurants and a popular harbour café. Accommodation is available in cottages, a boarding house and at the camping area.
A nice tip is to join a guided walking tour to experience the feeling of how life was in the 1700 century when Kristianopel was Danish and at war with Sweden.
Having once visited Kristianopel via land or sea you will surely return.
For further reading reference is made to: www.kristianopel.se
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