Gilleleje, the fishing village at Sealand’s northernmost point, has succeeded in preserving the charm and idyllic atmosphere of the original fishing village and is also a vibrant cultural and commercial centre throughout the year.
There’s no doubt that Gilleleje’s focal point is its harbour. This is where you naturally gravitate to soak up the atmosphere, stroll along the pier and look out at the fishing boats and sailors. Gilleleje Harbour is Zealand’s largest commercial port. The boatyard is not there for the tourists, nor are the fishing net poles, colourful pennants and ropes. And that’s exactly why the harbour is so appealing.
But the city welcomes its visitors and has done so since the early 1900s when the first holidaymakers arrived. So enjoy the maritime atmosphere, the beach and the nature around Gilleleje, and savour a wonderful fish dinner at the harbour while the children run about at Stejlepladsen’s popular nature playground.
The cultural harbour with a library, cinema, restaurant and a host of cultural events all year round is a new gathering place for locals and tourists alike. And the many speciality shops and supermarkets are proof that Gilleleje thrives all year long.
Fresh fish and seafood on the menu is a matter of course in Gilleleje, but there are plenty of alternatives. Will it be a snack at the harbour, tapas or a three-course dinner with good wine? If you would like to do your own cooking, there are premium fresh ingredients to be found at the fishmonger’s and in the farm shops.
The fishing harbour and the Cultural Harbour are natural attractions, but so is the original fishing village’s narrow streets with charming thatched fisherman’s cottages and flowering gardens. The church’s roof space has its own dramatic history dating from October 1943. Find Gilleleje sights and events here.
Gilleleje is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic nature. The view of the Kattegat is breathtaking from the steep slopes near Gilbjerg Hoved, where Søren Kierkegaard once strolled his way to momentous philosophical ideas. You can walk in his footsteps or cycle along the North Coast Trail or Route 33 towards Hillerød.