55° 04,3′ N · 10° 13,1 E
Dyreborg is one of those places that is often ignored by many. It is humble and small, but all the better for it. You won’t find high-life and show here, it is all down to earth peacefulness and a load of idyllic village life by the sea. It is an old fishing harbour with some of the thatched-rooved buildings dating back to the 18th century.
We go to Dyreborg just for that; the quiet. The small marina with great views of the archipelago, calm mornings, the cute shop up in the village, the great ice cream and some good swimming from the pier. As the waters are quite sheltered, the area is great for kayaking tours too.
If you are in need of supplies, jump on a bike and ride over to Fåborg, it is only a stone’s throw away.
Otherwise you can get quite a few vegetables and groceries, ice creams and some local goods, (even pottered ones!) at Provianten on Dyreborgvej 43. It’s open 7 days a week, but check the opening hours. Last time we were there: 7.30 – 10.00am and then from 16.30 – 19.00pm. There is a sign at the harbour with the latest hours. You can order bread rolls for breakfast here too. And if you are lucky you might catch one of the bikes for hire here. Just ask the shop attendant.
You will need some cash here to pay your harbour fees in the envelope at the harbour master’s office. It is based on an honesty system. Should your gas bottle run out, make the most of the great camp kitchen at the club house. It certainly saved our dinner!
Go, see and do:
Definitely go for a swim just off the western corner of the pier near the picnic tables. The water is lovely and clear.
Put on some walking or running shoes and go for a stroll or run to the east along the coast, following the path to the left up behind the houses (wouldn’t you want to have one?) and then back down to the water before the track meanders off left again along the edge of the forest. Do go in here. One good spot is where the black hut is, keep to your right and follow the track around until you get to the feeding shelter for the animals, take a right and then you will get back to the village. Sounds like a long tour, but it isn’t. It is a wonderfully pleasant one with happy chickens, lots of trees and if you are lucky you will spot some deer. Once you reach the houses, turn right to get back to the harbour.
If you prefer not to go through the forest, keep following the road up past the Highland cattle. Take the first (if you are on foot) or second left (better take a bike for this one) to head back to the village. This way you will have more rolling fields and a view of Fåborg along the way. From the longer you can also take a small detour by turning right onto Koldsvej once you arrive back at the first houses and go over the small peninsula to get a complete new perspective of Dyreborg from the west. Try it of an evening!