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Join us to Bornholm, island in the sun

Green island of Bornholm is known as the solsäkraste place in Denmark with a bit of chilly spring, but with warm summers and autumns. During a weekend we'll find out what the island of Bornholm offers the around the 600,000 tourists that visit the island annually.

We start with to take us to the island's largest hotel, the Griffen spa & wellness in Rønne. It is Friday night and the restaurant (G) is more than full of happy people. Most danes, but also some Swedish and German voice can be heard in the hubbub. The food is delicious, especially the starters hummerbisque with butter-fried lobster, trumpet mushrooms and jordärtskockschips. The day after, we're trying the hotel's spa. We are alone and the water is warm and comfortable.

Rønne new market hall, ”Torvehal”, housed in the old slaughterhouse. Here are small retail outlets with local treats, various spirits and a popular café. A pleasant and nice stop before we do the actual Rønne, Bornholm island's ”capital”. Bornholm has approximately 41.000 inhabitants of which around 14,000 in Rønne.

Image 1 of 2 the Island's long history makes itself felt during the tour. Castle Hammershus castle ruins are worth a visit. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide 2 of 2 a View of the sea from the luxurious Hotel the North. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slideshow

a Little later the father we along the steep and rocky northern part of the island, past Northern europe's largest borgruin the Hammershus castle ruins, which, of course, we visit before we check in at the cozy and luxurious Hotel North of Sandvig, next to the tvillingbyn Allinge. Our hotel is situated on the cliffs by the water, and we take an evening walk between the houses down to the harbour. It is quiet and peaceful except for a few screaming seagulls.

the Hunger makes itself felt, and even if the Hotel Northland will have a really good restaurant, we take the car seven-eight kilometers to the village of Vang and the restaurant Le Port, which is famous for the island's exciting Danish-French-Italian cuisine. We eat fried pike-perch with sparrisbroccoli and Noilly Prat-foam while the sun sinks on the horizon. On the way back we say hello to a hedgehog in slowly mak takes over the road.

our accommodation at the North is the fishing village of Tejn where the spectacular start of the trollingfisketävlingen Trolling Master Bornholm takes place in may each year. It is Europe's largest laxfisketävling and attracts over 300 sport fishing boats with three to four persons in each boat.

Image 1 of 2 Explorations in Svaneke, a charming village on the island's eastern side. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide 2 of 2 Glasspaus in Svaneke. The serving is done with a big smile. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slideshow

the Next day we steer the vehicle towards the charming Svaneke along the island's eastern side and crossing the picturesque Gudhjem, where we take an ice cream in the harbour of Gudhjem special. In Gudhjem is also Karamel kompagniet is a karamellälskares dream. Soft caramels a lot! And not far away you'll find the island's largest rundkyrka, Østerlars, which is one of the island's four round churches of bornholm. There are seven total in the whole of Denmark.

Later we will check at the excellent Hotel Siemsens Gaard in Svaneke. It is an old merchant house from the 1600s that is now a hotel with a very beautiful view over the harbour and a rose garden that smells and shines warm welcome. Svaneke, with 1,200 inhabitants, has also been named Denmark's most beautiful small town. We take a fish and chips in the harbour with närfångad cod and French fries, made with island-grown potatoes. Svaneke Bryghus is our choice of restaurant for dinner where we order a beef fillet with fried pointed cabbage and spareribs. Very delicious along with the local beer, Brown Ale and a Svaneke Classic – and now we are talking really about the local beer, about five metres away!

Image 1 of 2 Bad at Dueodde – the long sandy beaches invite for a swim. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide 2 of 2 fishing Boats and holidaymakers in the parts of the site in the Svanekes port. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide show

, nothing is by the way far on the island of Bornholm, which is only a little over ten miles across, is the island's second largest town, Nexø. Nearby you will find the stunning sandy beaches at Dueodde. Such as the Caribbean, settled near.

There is much to see and do on the island despite the island's smallness. Everything from medeltidsborgar to the water park, the round churches of bornholm, four golf courses and to enjoy the island's speciality, smoked herring, at the many rökerierna around the island.

Smoked herring called for ”a genuine Bornholmer”, and is often served with a loose egg yolk and red onion on a slice of Danish rye bread with the name ”Sol over Gudhjem”. Rökerierna also has magnificent seafood buffets where the herring play a significant role. Bornholm offers simply on the many culinary temptations.

Image 1 of 2 Fish and chips with freshly-caught cod in the Svanekes port. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide 2 of 2 Smoked herring called for ”a genuine Bornholmer”. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slideshow

”Regional culinary heritage Bornholm”, a network to develop local raw materials and local cuisine. It has gone really well, now there is a lot of bornholmska specialties such as canola oil, pasta of bornholmskt durum wheat, licorice, chocolate and great ice cream.

Not forgetting Kadeau, Bornholm's one-star Michelin-restaraung surrounded by the sea, the beach, the forest and the sky on the island's south coast. It is easy to understand that the island of Bornholm is a popular wedding for the young German couple!

Link to the graphics Image 1 of 2 Østerlars Kirke on Bornholm, the largest of the island's four round churches of bornholm. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slide 2 of 2 Martin Andersen Nexø museum. Photo: Johan Dahlqvist Slideshow

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