Ærø is a joy to visit any time of the year!
Most of the 250.000 tourists, who stay on Ærø each year, visit during the tree summer months. The island is buzzing with foreign languages, and an amazing feeling of activity surrounds you, wherever you venture. Marinas are full of yachts and you can even from time to time experience “real” sailing ships and cruise liners, of all sizes, in one of the three main harbours on the island. It is advisable to book accommodation in advance, as you will find many places fully booked during the main season.
Once the harvest festival has been celebrated, the late summer fruits and last potatoes have been gathered and stored autumn arrives in all its might with spectacular natural colourful beauty under a cooler blue sky. During the autumn half term break in October, you will be able to experience the annual Ærøskøbing Grand Prix, a go-cart race through the streets of Ærøskøbing, for children from the ages of 7-16 years. Worth a visit if you have children or grandchildren or you yourself just have a need for speed (as a spectator). Autumn is also, when local yachtsmen prepare their boats for winter storage on dry land.
During the somewhat colder winter months, there is still a buzz of activity, however now more indoors as well as outdoors. Sports, choir singing, painting, various other evening classes and of course full steam ahead at the large navigation school in Marstal. The winter also brings you lovely Christmas markets and a chance to experience the many hidebound, masked carnival traditions – In the village of Bregninge it takes place around the Twelfth Night, while in Ærøskøbing and Marstal it all kicks off around Shrove Monday. Winter is also a great time for reflection and many of the hotels and restaurants ‘take it easy’ and recharge their batteries at this time of the year. But you will always find somewhere welcoming to sleep and somewhere to eat well on Ærø – even in the middle of winter.
Spring offers you lots to do on Ærø. Perhaps the most significant event, is the traditional Easter Saturday egg-cooking fun, where locals and new comers, visitors and inhabitants, young and old gather on the beaches of the island and boil eggs and grill sausages on bonfires, until darkness sets in (accompanied by however many beers you fancy); come rain, snow or sun, the spring weather doesn’t always behave. Unmissable!