Lean back in a deck chair at a traditional beach hotel and soak up a sunset with sand gently massaging your toes or up the tempo with long hikes, horseback riding along steep cliffs and rides on the waves of the west coast of Jutland. Your options are limitless when it comes to enjoying life by the sea in Denmark.
Denmark is world famous for its good work to life balance, leaving the Danes with more spare time on their hands than most other nations and giving them plenty of opportunities to enjoy a break from everyday life. Whether you’re pining for a long holiday, a weekend break or just an impulsive day trip, the many coastal villages, sandy beaches and ocean views are never more than one hour away.
Life by the sea
Recharge your batteries by the sea in one of many homely summer cottages for rent, in a tent at the cosy camping areas or at one of the many beach hotels, a ‘badehotel’, that have experienced a revival over the past decade, and invite guests into an evocative time warp.
The Danish darlings along the coastline include Skagen, which is famous among artists for its special light, and which in the past attracted painters such as P.S. Krøyer and Anna and Michael Ancher. Today, this old and pretty fishing village has been transformed into a modern miniature city, making it a hot spot for bon vivants, bohemians, sailors and others in search for the good life by the sea. The buzzing summer harbour life paints another lively picture of Danish sea side culture. Enjoy scoops of homemade ice cream in an old fashioned cone while watching yachts come and go or sample the catch of the day in one of many sea food restaurants.
Experience some of Denmark's many islands
Try island hopping between some of the 70 inhabited islands and experience the adventures of island camping with your family. Experience the lobster festival on Læsø and a wide range of other island events like Samsø festival or the Apple Flower Festival on Askø. If travelling with children, catching crabs and playing with kites are great options – and for nature lovers, activities like seal and porpoise watching on the island of Rømø, caving in Bornholm and fossil hunting around Møn and Stevns cliffs are some of the many choices on offer.