Bornholm reborn: Denmark’s cycling holiday paradise

June 3, 2015

Once a simple beach escape, Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic, has reinvented itself as an eco-friendly, foodie destination boasting the world’s first ‘cradle-to-cradle’ hotel and 150 miles of cycling routes

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Bornholm used to be a bucket-and-spade place, where almost everyone in Denmark decamped to in the summer; the rich to their summerhouses and the elegant “Badehotels” on the north coast, everyone else to the caravan parks and sandy beaches of the south. To Danes from Copenhagen, with its pancake-flat surroundings, the Baltic island’s rolling hills and steep cliffs made a welcome change, while its location – 20 miles from Sweden and closer to Poland than to the Danish capital – made it feel like an exotic destination. But the advent of low-cost flights to places like the Canary Islands and Thailand in the 1980s changed all that. And Bornholm has had to reinvent itself.

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First, it became a “gourmet island”, home to Kadeau, the celebrated restaurant of the local Michelin-starred chef Rasmus Kofoed who won the Bocuse d’Or in 2011, as well as Denmark’s most prestigious chefs’ competition, Sol over Gudhjem.

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