Österlen is the southeastern part of the Swedish province of Scania. The name derives from its location 'east of the route' (ancient route from Ystad, heading north-east); 'Öster om len' ('len' is short for leden, i.e. route). The principal town of Österlen is Simrishamn. It is famous for beautiful nature, small towns, apple orchards, farmland and is a popular tourist attraction.