Stenshuvud

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Stenshuvud (Skånska: Stensho) is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Scania, close to Kivik in Simrishamn Municipality. Since 1986, it is one of the National parks of Sweden. The park covers an area of about 3.9 km².

The hill is 97 metres high and situated immediately at the Baltic Sea. Since the surrounding landscape is relatively flat, it can be seen from a great distance and has long been used as a landmark for seafarers. Naturally, the view from the top is stunning in clear weather.

Most of the area is covered with broadlef forest, especially European hornbeam. The abundance of ivy gives an almost tropical impression, unusual for Sweden. The park also contains heaths, meadows and swamps. Because of the warm climate and varied nature, many different animals and plants can be found. Among animals unusual to Sweden one can mention hazel dormouse, golden oriole, tree frog and agile frog. There are about 600 vascular plants, including several kinds of orchids and the very rare barren strawberry.

Below the hill there is a nice beach for swimming. Close to the top one can find the ruins of a 5th or 6th Century fortress.

According to local folklore, the hill got its name (Sten's head) from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.

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