Benestad, is a very old village in the most southern part of Sweden and the County of Skåne (Scania). The parish is mostly farmland and forest and used to be owned by a few big estates, like Örups castle built as a fortress during the late middle Ages and the larger farms, Benestad gård, Ödemarks gård och Stenby gård.
In the western part of the village you will find the beautiful valley of “Fyledalen”, rich in plant, animal and bird-life. A big part of Fyledalen is today a nature reserve
In the southeastern part of Benestad is the nature reserve Örup Almskog (Elm Forest) with marshes and meadows. The nature reserve is located in a hilly farmland of the shallow valleys near Örup Castle; the purpose is to preserve an ancient and historically valuable landscape.
Benestad is only about 6 km. from the sea (as the crow flies) and 14 km from the picturesque town of Ystad, with cobblestone streets and korsvirkeshus (half-timbered houses). Today also well known as the town of police detective Kurt Wallander.
We are part of Österlen, the orchard and Riviera of Sweden with famous sights as Ale Stenar, Glimmingehus fortress, Sandhammarens white sand beach, the fishing port of Simrishamn, the apple district of Kivik and much more.
In the middle of village is the medieval parish church, originally a Romanesque building from 1100 century. The original church tower was demolished in 1868 and the church bells moved to the nearby stepped gable defense tower, built sometime during the Late Middle Ages. The church vault have Fresco paintings from the 13th century, and during the 15th century more paintings where added.
Fyledalen - one of Sweden's ten most important
The nature reserve is also part of the national interest for nature conservation and is part of the EU's protected nature network and is a so-called Natura 2000 area. The Nordic Council has appointed the area to one of Sweden's ten most important natural areas.
The valley was formed about 15,000 years ago in connection with the end of the ice age.