Svanemølle Beach

Some places are destined to be classics. When Svanemølle Beach opened in 2010, it was an instant success. Visitors are already clamouring for it to be expanded, because on hot summer days the beach becomes so packed that sunbathers barely have room to turn over.

At 4,000 square metres, this triangle of fine, soft sand isn’t very big. But it has a 130-metre swimming jetty that stretches way out into the water, with a bench that runs its full length, affording visitors a beautiful view of the water and city, especially the impressive Svanemølle Power Station.

The beach is the second most popular place to spend a summer’s day in Copenhagen, surpassed only by the established tourist magnet, Nyhavn. Not bad for a callow youth.

The original boardwalk is also still in use. On warm evenings, when the coffee and ice-cream vendors arrive, and families promenade under the trees, the atmosphere is almost Mediterranean.

The promenade is popular with joggers, and at weekends it’s the kind of place parents teach their kids to ride bikes. It’s mainly locals who use the beach and promenade.

Svanemølle Beach is extremely child-friendly, as the tide comes in very slowly. Lifeguards are on duty during the high season, and the soft sand is also better for making sandcastles than the coarser variety at Amager Beach.

A winter bathing club is based at the marina nearby. There is a long waiting list for membership – but if you fancy a cold dip, the beach is open to everyone throughout the year. Just remember that you should never swim alone, especially in winter.

Photo: Scanpix/Bax Lindhardt

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