Svendborg has ample city-centre dining, albeit few real standouts. For lunch you might alternatively consider eating at Valdemars Slot across the sound on Tåsinge, while for a cheap and cheerful buffet supper (summer nights and Sundays only) there's the windmill restaurant in Bregninge.

Birch Juice Ice Cream

If you're looking for a left-field excuse to take the 40-minute boat ride to Skarø (population 37), you could say that you're coming in search of the island's deliciously textured gourmet ice cream. The unique element here is that the base, whether for sorbet, dairy or soft ice, is made with sugar kelp and sap tapped from the island's birch trees. The producer, named simply Is fra Skarø (www.isfraskaroe.dk), runs a summer ice-cream cafe. To build up your desire for a second helping, you could then go and climb Skarø's 'mountain' Vesterbjerg, which towers 9m above sea level.