Borrby

The heart of Österlen. The village is surrounded by wooded ridges and rolling fields, with four kilometres to the popular long, white sandy beaches between Borrbystrand and Sandhammaren. The area around the village is characterised by agriculture. Directly adjacent to the northern parts of the village is a valuable nature area, Borrby backar, a mosaic of ridges, small ponds, pastures and deciduous forest groves.

The area is rich in wildlife and is widely used for walking and other outdoor activities. According to older documents, both legend and history, there was a castle located where the church is today. The castle was inhabited by a cruel, rapacious warrior or knight, whose name was "Borre" and thus gave the name to the village. There is also the legendary sacrificial site of St Sissela's spring. You can find out more about ancient Borrby on the village website. Today, Borrby is a well-located service centre in the southern part of the municipality.

There are many small businesses, craftsmen of various kinds, a dozen associations, a nursery school, primary and secondary schools, a health centre, a pharmacy, a retirement home, a bank, a large grocery store, a car repair shop and a petrol station, hairdressers, a DIY store, a kiosk, pizzerias, a pub, a digitised cinema, a riding school, a campsite, a hostel and several bed & breakfasts. Today Borrby is also a "book village", Sweden's first, with several antiquarian bookshops.

The church is located in the centre of the village and the tall spire is visible from far and wide. The church is one of the largest in Österlen and has wonderful stained glass windows from 1910 and 1912. Cycling to the beach from the village is both quick and safe. Bus connections to Simrishamn, 17 kilometres to the north-east, Hammenhög five kilometres to the north and Ystad 20 kilometres to the west are frequent. www.borrby.se

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