The holiday town Nordby is characterized by the many beautiful houses from the 19th century as well as the scenic surroundings.
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The maritime Nordby, the largest town on Fanø, is located on the eastern coast of Fanø, right above Esbjerg. Nordby is characterized by an idyllic urban environment with narrow streets and houses with thatched roofs. Here you will find more museums and galleries as well as restaurants, cafés and shops. Along the harbour promenade you can see a large number of wading birds and often the seals are basking in the sun on the sand bank Søjorde, about 50 metres from the harbour.
Nordby is surrounded by a scenic and unspoiled moor area with dunes and a rich animal life. From the highest point, Kikkebjerget, you can enjoy the fantastic view of Nordby, the holiday home area and the approach to Esbjerg.
The 56 square kilometres island is located close to the main land, and the passage from Esbjerg to Fanø takes just 13 minutes.
A couple of kilometres west of Nordby you will find the wide, white and sandy beach with dunes and Blue Flag. The beach is child-friendly at the water’s edge, as the sandy bottom slopes gently into the sea. Here you can swim, sunbathe and surf, but you can also beach sail, fly with kite, ride on horses, look for amber and walk here.
From Fanø Bad and towards south you can drive with your car on the beach. Towards north the beach is reserved for pedestrians and bicyclists. In the top end of the island you will find the sandy peninsula Søren Jessens Sand, which looks like a small sand desert. This place also contains more bunkers from World War II, and it is possible to enter some of these.
The exceptional nature of Fanø is characterized by dune landscapes, moor areas with heather, dikes, marsh, dunes, beach, the North Sea and the Jutland Wadden Sea. Nordby is surrounded by slightly undulating nature areas, where animals like roe deer, pheasants, rabbits and foxes live. You can also observe large flocks of birds, among these rare species, and a large population of seals on the sand banks by the shore.
In the centre of the island you will find the outstanding nature area Fanø Klitplantage. This area consists of dunes, meadows, lakes, dense vegetation and the viewpoint Pælebjerg. Here you can follow more marked paths, enjoy a great forest playground with benches and fire rings as well as a lovely dog forest, where you can walk your dog without disturbing the animal life. If you visit the plantation in August, you can experience the sight of the flowering heather. By the northern tip of Fanø you can take a walk in the sand desert of the island, Søren Jessens Sand.
In Nordby you can bowl, visit museums and galleries, or walk between the historic houses and enjoy the atmosphere.
On the nearby beach you engage yourselves in all kinds of beach activities. Close to Nordby you can play golf on the more than 100 years old golf course Fanø Golf Links, which is located in a scenic and undulating dune and heather area with view of the North Sea.
Fanø has a well-developed network of bicycles, which enables you to experience the island in a pleasant way. You can also walk or ride on the marked paths in the beautiful dune plantation in the centre of the island. The dune plantation also contains a forest playground with an obstacle course and a sense area, where the children can play, as well as a dog forest, where your dogs can gambol with other dogs.
Anglers can test the fishpond in Rindby or go deep-sea fishing with a cutter from the harbour in Nordby. Or go on a sail to the seal banks from here.
Fanø is rich in artisans, and you can visit galleries, a candle maker and an amber grinder on the island.
In Nordby you will find an art museum as well as the regional museum Fanø Museum, which illustrates a typical Fanø house from around the 18th century. The shipping and costume museum, Fanø Skibsfarts- og Dragtsamling, is also located in Nordby and contains a collection of sail ships and costumes.
Hannes Hus in Sønderho is a modest and almost intact home from the 18th century.
Esbjerg offers a vivid urban and cultural life with many galleries, museums and sculptures. Visit for example the fishing and sailing museum Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet and the characteristic sculpture Mennesket ved Havet (Man by the sea).
Experience a reconstructed viking village in Ribe Vikingecenter. See the vikings work, cook over open fire and perform other activities (32 km). The cosy commercial town Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town, is also worth a visit.
In LEGOLAND you will find activities, speed and excitement for the whole family. Meet polar bears and penguins in Polarland, knights, pirates, cowboys, Indians and much more (65 km).
In Givskud Zoo you can drive around among lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, zebras and many other animals, and experience them at close range. On the way the children can gambol in the large play land of the park or take a ride in the safari train (85).
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