Näset translates directly as “the Nose”—a suitable moniker for a low, sandy peninsula that juts out into the Öresund southwestward from the mainland bulk of Vellinge kommun.
Its two settlements—Skanör, which clusters itself around the land-bridge to the mainland, and Falsterbo, out on the southwestern edga of the peninsula—have been bundled together (as Skanör med Falsterbo) for political and administrative purposes since the C16th, though Falsterbo has a much deeper history, having been the site of a notable herring port during the era of the Hanseatic League.
That earlier Falsterbo was lost to the encroaching waters of the Öresund, which means the near-loss of the contemporary Falsterbo to the same thing has a certain dark poetry to it—history rhyming, if not exactly repeating, one might say. As such, present-day Näset contains a tense mixture of wealthy hold-outs, more modern adaptations to climatic change and sea-level rise, and unusual protest encampments—all of which are worth seeing, even if you’re just dropping by for a round of wildgolf. But it’s probably the nature reserves, now bearing flexmark status, that are the biggest draw… and not just for birdwatchers!