Introducing Zealand

It is well worth taking some days out from the hectic pleasures of Copenhagen to explore the rest of the island of Zealand (Sjælland). Head north along the so-called ‘whisky belt’ beside the Øresund coast and you pass grand villas and posh yacht harbours until you come to Helsingør, the closest point to Sweden (there are ferries). Glowering across the water at the old enemy here is Helsingør Slot, better known as Hamlet’s castle, Elsinore.

Turn west along the northern coast and a gorgeous holiday coastline of large, sandy beaches, windswept forests and summer houses lies before you, head inland and there are more castles, and the Viking ships of Roskilde to look forward to. Roskilde also plays host to one of the best music festivals in Europe.

To really get away from the modern world, try going south of Copenhagen to the timeless rural tranquillity of the southern islands where more magnificent beaches and unspoilt countryside awaits.