Copenhagen port is the largest seaport in Denmark and one of the largest ports in the Baltic Sea basin, it extends from Svanemølle Beach in the north to Hvidovre in the south. In the 1990s the port area and the waterfront were redeveloped after a long period of decline that began in the 1940s. The area went from a polluted, ugly and industrial harbour to a pedestrianized tourist attraction, featuring some of Denmark’s finest architecture, here are a few of our favourite buildings:
Royal Danish Library - The Black Diamond
Netferry wants to recommend a few of our favourite Greek islands according to the type of traveller you are! A holiday in Greece is always a great option, but it's sometimes difficult to know which island to choose from!
Let's start with Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea, just west of mainland Greece, it is a popular island because of its beautiful beaches. Kefalonia is also famous for its good food and wines, including Mavrodafni, Rombola and Mosxato, just to name a few! The island has a long tradition of wine production and grape cultivation, they produce ruby red wines with a sweet and fruity flavour.
Here is a fact for you; the world’s oldest operating amusement park is located just outside of Copenhagen. It is called Dyrehavsbakken, which means the Deer Pasture's Hill, although the locals refer to it as Bakken. As a roller coaster enthusiast, I just had to do a pilgrimage here!
The park is set in a forest area, around 10km north of Copenhagen and it became a popular place to visit thanks to the spring waters that were found in the area. The water was said to have health-giving properties so locals flocked here from Copenhagen and opened its doors to the public in 1583. Today, the amusement park has around 2.5–2.7 million visitors per year.
Sicily is a great place for a holiday, it has beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea and the cities are rich in art, culture and of course delicious food! In this article Netferry has prepared a 6-day itinerary touring the west of Sicily. Firstly of all, let’s start in Palermo, firstly hire a car and travel about 100 km to San Vito Lo Capo, a beautiful seaside town that is ideal for spending a couple of days in the crystal clear waters. The town is full of sandy beaches with shallow waters, ideal for relaxing and having fun on the beach with the little ones. The beaches are generally well equipped with services, as well as pedalos with slides for hire. In the evening enjoy a peaceful walk along Savoia Avenue, to bask in the beautiful Sicilian atmosphere and stop to eat some food.
Next stop is Trapani, where you can take a cable car up the mountain to a small village called Erice. In Erice you can walk around and enjoy the sights we recommend that you stop at Grammatico, a family-run pastry shop where they follow ancient recipes handed down by Sicilian nuns. You’ll be spoiled for choice here, but do not miss cannoli and Genoese. Afterwards get lost in the alleys in the centre, where there are lots of shops selling locally made gifts.
Discover the archaeological treasures of Sardinia with Netferry. Sardinia is an extraordinary island with varied landscapes and traditions. There are fantastic beaches and the sea is beautifully clear but the island also has a bewitching hinterland with hills, valleys, and mountains where you can hike and mountain bike. Netferry recommends a visit to a fantastic archaeological site called the Su Mulinu complex, located in Barumini. In 1997 UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site, but excavations were first carried out in the 1950s by the archaeologist Giovanni Lilliu, who discovered the Nuraghic village.
A nuraghe is a cone-shaped stone building that is typically found on Sardinia. They are the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found on the island and date back to the 2nd Millennium B.C. They served as homes and had various rooms for cooking and sleeping. Today, the nuraghi are one of Sardinia’s cultural symbols and proof of the Nuragic civilization, the most advanced of any civilization in the western Mediterranean at the time.
If you sail into Palermo on the Italian island of Sicily with Netferry, why not take a trip along the coast to the far western tip of Sicily and the gorgeous town of San Vito Lo Capo. Not only are there are plenty of restaurants to try some typical Sicilian dishes along the way, but San Vito Lo Capo is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, as pictured above. Here at Netferry we know good food, so here are a few recommendations and tips from us!
Beginning in Palermo, in a small street in the city centre, there is a lovely little restaurant called the Carizzi d’Amuri. The restaurant interior is elegant with high ceilings and three brothers opened the restaurant because of their passion for good food and hospitality. The menu is mainly based on fish and Netferry recommends the courgette and prawn tagliatelle from Mazara, it is an exceptional dish. A real triumph of taste and colour with the green courgette cut into strips in contrast with the soft pink prawns. And this is just for the starter, or primi as it is known in Italy.
Continuing the journey to Alexandroupoli, we take a relaxing diversion to the Halkidiki Peninsula for a couple of days on the beach, having left behind the chaos of Thessaloniki. On the map, the Halkidiki peninsula looks like three fingers jutting into the Aegean sea, the westerly finger is Kassandra, which is also the busiest and most touristy part, then you have Sithonia, the middle finger, which is more rugged and characterized by little fishing hamlets and finally the Athos peninsula, which is the last finger and apparently the most beautiful. However, if you want to visit Mount Athos, located near the end of the peninsula, there is a problem, as this part of the peninsula is only open for male visitors! Mount Athos has been a place of sacred spirituality for millennia and since 1060 Constantine IX Monomahos banned women from entering, along with female domestic animals, un-bearded men and eunuchs. If men want to visit this sacred place you must obtain a permit and those under 18, must be accompanied by their father.
After cooling down by the beautiful Aegean sea, we stay on the coast and head for the port city of Kavala, which is a cultural hub with plenty of good museums and some fantastic Ottoman buildings in the old town. There are some nice beaches nearby, such as Rapsani beach and the more lively batis beach. There are also plenty of good seafood restaurants to enjoy here. Kavala also has many ferry links to the Aegean, Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands amongst others.
In this article, we explore the route from Igoumenitsa to Alexandroupoli, which takes you through mainland Greece and across to the eastern port city of Alexandroupoli. Igoumenitsa on the west coast of Greece is easy to get to as it is well connected with many ports along the east coast of Italy, specifically Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice.
We begin the trip here in Igoumenitsa, which at first sight appears to be merely a busy tourist port, it is recommended to continue on, into the mainland, unless you have time to make a quick 50 km diversion south to the beautiful town of Parga. The town is described as picture-postcard perfect; it has a beautiful castle perching above the bay, little islands just off the coast, a maze of little white houses in the centre and of course, beautiful beaches. There are a bunch of things to do in the town aside from swimming in the beautiful turquoise water, from visiting the Olive Oil Museum to visiting the castle, which is free of charge. The only problem with this gorgeous place is that in the summer it becomes overrun with tourists if you happen to be travelling in August we recommend that you skip Parga this out and head north-east to the region of Zagorohoria.