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‘Throwback Thursday’ is back this week! On selected thursdays, I write about a city I have previously visited before launching this blog. On April 2013, I have visited two new countries in Scandinavia, Sweden and Denmark. My trip started in Malmö located in the southernmost province of Sweden and it’s the third largest city of the country after Stockholm and Gothenburg. I’ve stayed one night, then just crossed the magnificent Øresund Bridge to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. At the end of my trip, I return to Malmö for 2 more days where I was lucky to be there during the first day of spring!

On this post, I will cover the first part of this Scandinavian escape which will be just about my interesting experience in Malmö. On next Throwback Thursdays articles, I will detail my trip in Denmark. More? Continue reading…

As most of my trips departing from London, all starts with a Ryanair flight! London Stansted Airport is linked with Malmö Airport for just few pounds. If I remember well, I have paid £25 return. A cheap price for a lovely city and a rich experience coming out of it. On arrival, I take the colourful bus of Flygbussarna towards the Central Station where I needed to convert money and have a map for my visits. I’ve noticed very quickly that Sweden is not a cheap country! If I compare with London, I felt like prices were slightly higher there in restaurants, transport,…etc. On the other hand, I could feel that Swedish and Scandinavians in general have a healthy lifestyle based on cycling everyday to/from work, school, bars, a nice and quality food and some positiveness and dynamism within the population!

This year and just about a month after my visit to Malmo, the Eurovision final took place there… won by Emmelie de Forest from accross the Øsbrund Bridge! When I was there, I felt some excitement from everyone looking forward to be hosts of this major musical event! On Stortorget Square, there was a huge countdown screen for the Eurovision that said 37 days… First thing I’ve done when I arrived to Malmö (after getting my map from a friendly tourist officer) is checking out the Old Town. I started by randomly walking around some little streets till Gustav Adolf Square apparently hosting some market with products from all over Europe. For dinner, I’ve tried some typical Swedish food but I really can’t tell what was it… It had fish though and I have a picture of it. At the evening, I’ve discovered the trendy neighbourhood of Nobeltorget with nice restaurants, lounges, bars and mixed communities of people.

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The next day I left for Copenhagen but I returned to Malmö for one more night. The day I came back, it was sunny and warm… apparently the first day of sun in the city after a rude and cold winter! People were very happy and smily enjoying this pleasant day. Therefore, I decided to have a walk on a park and end up by the cost to have a cold smoothie and get some wifi connection!

I walked in Slottsparken, a must do in Malmö on a sunny day! Families around, people walking their dogs and cycling (actually, as usual, with or without sun…). Before getting to the coast, I walked around the edge of another park Ribersborg with a nice view over the highest building of the city Turning Torso. I’ve taken a fresh smoothie at a café with free wifi Espresso House. My trip was over the next morning; overall, I stayed 2 separate nights in Malmö where I discovered a bit of the Swedish and the Scandinavian culture in general.

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To sum up; one day is enough to visit Malmö based upon my own experience I can suggest the following itinerary: in the morning, do visit the Old Town and discover its squares and streets, on the afternoon, walk around a park, I suggest Slottsparken which I’m sure is amazing by winter too and finish your day with a coffee at the Espresso House in the Marina while enjoying some free wifi to share your adventures online, enjoy the view over the dark blue Øresund Sea and the skyscraper Turning Torso. This suggested itinerary is relaxed and cheap. For flights, Ryanair flies from different major cities in Europe with cheap fares all around the year. For a getaway from Malmö, take a bus to visit Lund a little swedish town nearby or take the train to Copenhagen which is definitely worth visiting!