Gilleleje, in Gribskov Municipality, is situated on North Sealands most northernly point, Gilbjerghoved. The town has succeeded in preserving a large part of the original fishing village's idyllic charm with small streets and old thatched houses. Gilleleje is a lively tourist, shopping and fishing town with Sealand's largest fisheries port as its natural centre.
The name Gilleleje is a composition of the ancient Nordic word "gil", which means cliff, and "leje", which was a place on the coast where the fishermen fished seasonally. The habitation of Gilleleje can be traced back to the 1300s. Back then they lived in primitive fishing huts on the beach. This was during the medieval boom in herring fishing in the Sound.
The oldest part of Gilleleje lies east of the harbour. Here you find small old thatched fishing houses carefully restored, small streets and lots of roses. Here you can see Gilleleje's oldest house. The house is listed and can be found on Østergade. In the old days, it was also here that Gilleleje's trade centre was located, and you can still see the beautiful old houses full of fine details.
Go on guided tours of the Old Gilleleje or go on an exciting visit to the church attic, where 80 jews the 7th of October 1943 were taken captive and led away by the Gestapo to a prison in Horserød, whereafter they were taken to the concentration camp in Theresienstadt. Some raincoats, glasses, shoes and other personal belonging were left in the attic.
These stories and more can be experienced in Gilleleje during the summer.