Beachlife on Ærø
The beaches on Ærø are in a league of their own: Kilometres of pristine coastline with the gentle Southern Funen archipelago to the north and the volatile Baltic to the south.
For most, a lifelong love of Ærø starts on the beach. The beaches on Ærø are charming, each in their own unique way. Each of Ærø’s three main towns boasts child-friendly sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters and sandy seabeds, attracting every summer happy bathers from the leisure marinas and camping sites nearby as well as everyone else fond of a splash and a swim. Even though some beaches here are buzzing with life, you never get the feeling that you are squeezed in like sardines as often typically experienced on summer beaches elsewhere. Søby Beach lies sheltered in the bay of a small cape. Here there is a fine sandy beach and a jetty for those who wish to jump into the sea instead of walking in. In close proximity can be found the popular playground, the marina and Café Arthur, where good café food, the island’s biggest ice cream cone and all types of convenience food are served. Vesterstrand is located just outside Ærøskøbing, only a two minute walk from Ærøskøbing’s leisure marina. This beautiful sandy beach stretches off towards Urehoved in the distance, with colourful beach huts picturesquely distributed in tight formation. This beach is child-friendly with shallow water and a jetty can be found close to the marina end. Erikshale, which is located just outside the town of Marstal, is not to be missed; close to the marina and the camping site, its shores are lapped by two bodies of water of very different character; Erikshale is a spit. On one side, you can bathe in the calm and relatively warm waters of Lille Hav, the shallow bay that divides the marina and the beach. On the other side lies the refreshing Baltic Sea. Here can also be found in abundance Ærø’s traditional beach houses. All the way along the coast of the South Funen Archipelago – from Ærøskøbing to Skovby and beyond – stretch out lovely tranquil beaches of both sand and stone bordered by both shallow and deep waters. The beech trees are literally mirrored in the blue waves. On the Baltic coast to the south, the beaches are for the most part composed of large stones, which are hewn by the sea. On the stretch between Voderup Klint and Rise Strand, you can find the characteristically holed stones called køer (cows) and, if you are lucky, amber. It is possible to take a dip here, but remember your bathing shoes. Naturists are also wecome on Ærø. At Risemark Strand and Erikshale, good stretches of beautiful sandy beaches have been designated for the use of naturists. Risemark Strand was officially inaugurated as a naturist beach in 2014, and during the Pentecostal Holiday of the same year, the Danish Naturists Association held its annual convention on Ærø. This beach received many visits and much praise from the many participants of this event. Ærø offers year-round bathing and the Ærø Winterbathers (De Ærøske Vinterbadere) take to the water from BP Huset by Ærøskøbing Harbour at 0800hrs every morning during the season, which runs from 1 September to 1 May.