2. Wind beneath your wings
Fanø is a unique island community located in the Wadden Sea National Park, an area which is Denmark's newest UNESCO World Heritage site. The Fanø cycling route lets you explore a landscape of heather dunes and windswept coastal nature. One section of the 31km route even lets you pedal across the open sands of one of Denmark’s widest beaches, which is also popular with kitebuggies. Also catching the sea breeze is an annual kite-flying festival, which takes place on the sandy beach from 19-22 June 2014. Another highlight festival on the island is Fanø Day. Held in the heritage town of Sønderho, the festival celebrates the island’s old seafaring heritage with fiddlers’ music and folk costumes from 11-13 July 2014. Among the town’s 300 year old thatched seamen’s cottages you find the old inn, Sønderho Kro, which serves local seafood and specialities. In Sønderho, like many other places on Fanø, you can try beer from the local island brewery, including their amber lager, Fanø Rav, which is “somewhat dry and slightly aromatic like the local humour”, according to the label. Fanø can be reached by ferry from the town of Esbjerg on mainland Jutland. In 2014, visitors to Esbjerg can also experience the Tall Ship Race when the magnificent schooners visit the town from 2-5 August.
Copenhagen is famed for its gourmet cuisine and Nordic-centred eateries, such as the famous restaurant Noma, currently listed as the World’s Best by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant (2014). Some of Denmark’s top culinary experiences, however, headed by the nation’s best-known chefs, are to be found at seaside hotels and other coastal destinations nationwide. Read more about Denmark’s new coastal foodie trail.
Powered by Cycling: Panorama is a new initiative that makes it easier for holidaymakers in Denmark to experience some of the best the nation has to offer. The Panorama initiative offers 26 new looped cycling routes that branch out from two of Denmark’s most scenic national cycling route - the West Coast Route and the Berlin-Copenhagen Route. The short routes have been upgraded with new cycling infrastructure and an international hospitality quality labelling system - Bike+Bed. Many of these routes offer a unique chance to explore nature, heritage and family attractions in Denmark by pedal power.