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You will find the islands of Rømø and Mandø off the coast south of Esbjerg. Both islands are surrounded by the Wadden Sea, a national reserve. The Wadden Sea is a very important “touchdown”, especially for web-footed birds and wading birds during their yearly migratory flight, and an important place for breeding and wintering as well.
Rømø is among the 10 largest Danish islands, however with only approx. 720 inhabitants. The island is connected with the mainland by the Rømø embankment, and it is especially well-known for its fantastic nature. Here you will find beautiful and incredibly wide sandy beaches. Almost 90% of the island is pure nature, and various big areas are protected. On Rømø they have a yearly jazz festival and a kite festival taking place in June and September, respectively. On the island you will find many beautiful nature trails, just made for a walk or a bike ride. The island also offers the opportunity to rent a horse. As nature here is something special, some of the shootings for the American movie, ”The Ghost”, were made here in 2009.
Between Rømø and Fanø is Mandø, a small island with about 40 inhabitants. Here the tide decides when you can go to island. In fact you can only reach the island by the Låningsvej (road) and only when the tide is low. Contrary to the nature of Rømø and Fanø the landscape of Mandø is rather monotone. It is covered by open marshland and has only very few trees. Mandø is a really cosy place, rich in animal life, especially migration birds. If you prefer to reach the island by bus, you can take the Mandø bus which departs from the Vadehavscenter (Wadden Sea Center) in Vester Vedsted.
Places of interest in the area
Museet på Koldinghus
Museet på Sønderborg Slot
Historiecenter Dybbøl Banke