Dragør South Beach

The air is filled with the shrill trilling of the oystercatcher. The sun has barely risen, but early summer on Dragør South Beach is a busy time for the many breeding birds.

Dragør South Beach is a beautiful rarity in the Copenhagen area. It is a tidal meadow with salty lagoons, flourishing grasses and lots of birds – the flat landscape allows them to spot enemies approaching from far and wide.

The meadow is constantly changing. The waves both give and take, moving sand from one spot, depositing it elsewhere. Sometimes the meadow is completely flooded, so only the most salt-tolerant plants thrive here. They include chive-like sea pink, which forms large, bright green carpets when it blooms in late spring.

For Dragør’s residents, South Beach is a jogging route, a place to blow away the cobwebs after a busy day or just somewhere to walk and enjoy the scenery. It is also good for swimming, as the bottom is sandy and the water fresh. You may even be lucky enough to spot a common seal. A large group of them live on Saltholm, and sometimes visit the beach.

South Beach has changed drastically, but in a way that runs contrary to the usual tide of progress. In the late 19th and early 20th century, this was a lively holiday resort with beach hotels, campsites, guesthouses and restaurants.

However, its popularity gradually dwindled, and eventually part of the area was used as landfill. The last campsite closed in 1980. However, Dragør Sea Bath remains, and if you continue along the beach to Søvang, you can swim from the country’s longest wooden pier,  279.1 metres in length. And it just so happens that Dragør’s postcode is 2791…

Photo: Scanpix/Johnni Balslev

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