There’s been a settlement on the site of modern-day Åhus for over a millennium, maybe longer; this probably has a lot to do with it being the spot where the Helge Å empties out into the Baltic, and with this being the heart of what is still known as Ålakusten (“the eel coast”). Of course, eel fishing is very tightly controlled, as numbers of this secretive creature continue to dwindle… but there are nonetheless still ways to get the Skånsk eel experience, even if some would question its levels of authenticity.
If eating slimy, slithery almost-fish isn’t your bag, well, you’re not the only one—but there’s still a lot to do and see in Åhus, whether you’ve sailed down the river from Hammarsjön (or even as far north as Osby), or whether you just hopped on board the recently launched light-rail link from Kristianstad.
The light-rail link is not without controversy in Åhus, it should be noted. On the one hand, it has brought economic benefits to the town, by connecting the little harbour (a small but strategically important Baltic grain shipping node) to the big city inland, and hence to the rest of the county. On the other hand, it brings a lot more daytrippers, especially during the summer months… which means the always popular beach can hardly be seen for sunbathing bodies as soon as there’s any sun worth speaking of (which these days, it seems, is from late April onward). Åhus has long thought of itself as somewhat exclusive—or at least certain parts of it have—and this “plebian influx” is much resented as a result. (The famous ice-cream shack in the old town square, however, has no complaints at all, and is considering its first public stock offering.)
A much smaller portion of visitors to Åhus come for a fairly nondescript location of nonetheless colossal importance, environmentally speaking: the site of the signing of the Åhus Treaty in the late 2020s.