The history of Skanör Falsterbo


A trip to the isthmus in the past was always very much an adventure, since you needed to cross Ljungen and its constantly shifting sands. As a result, Skanör- Falsterbo was nearly always approached by sea.
In the Middle Ages, the herring massed in such large quantities that boats just couldn't leave - at least if you believe the stories. At the time there was also a struggle for power between the kings and the Hanseatic League revolving around the income from trade. The battle between Denmark and Sweden for Skåne originated to a great extent from the fight for the income from herring fishing. Herring was a major export, and an important and cheap commodity because the Catholic Church forbad people fro eating eat before weekends and during Lent. This meant that during the Hanseatic era, up to 40,000 people lived in Skanör-Falsterbo.

When the markets dwindled at the start of the 1500s, Falsterbo-Skanör's prosperity and greatness also disappeared. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the towns became also small fishing villages. They were both hit by large fires at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. These conflagrations destroyed a large number of the three or four-house, half-timbered courtyards from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Up until the early 1900s, communication between the isthmus and the outside world was mainly via stagecoach. The railway took over this function in 1904. Falsterbo was then awakened from its slumbers when the area rapidly gained popularity as a summer resort. The resort flourished and the aristocracy and society came to Falsterbo to bask in the sun and bathe. In 1908, Hotell Falsterbohus was built.
The summer metropolis on the isthmus was discovered!

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