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We have chosen to divide the coastal path into seven legs. This article describes leg five from Svaneke to Snogebæk.
Easy to medium
Suitable for prams and wheelchairs:
If you only want to walk this leg, park at the harbour in Svaneke or near Snogebæk Røgeri (Smokehouse) in Snogebæk
At the harbour in Svaneke, at the bus stop in Årsdale, near the square in Nexø, at the northern end of Balka Beach and at the harbour in Snogebæk
Access to water:
The public toilets along the route
Relatively flat, on paved roads through the towns, on sand at Balka Beach, nature trail and gravel path for the rest of the route
Weather permitting: Take a dip in the sea at the wide beach with the chalky white sand, Balka Beach.
A pleasant stage along beautiful rocky coastline, through the unpretentious coastal town of Årsdale and Bornholm’s second largest town Nexø, before ending your hike on Balka Beach’s white sand
From Svaneke Harbour, follow the road south and turn left on the narrow road Ved Stranden, which turns into a path that winds past Svaneke Gamle Fyr (Svaneke Old Lighthouse) and the pretty little sandy beach at Hullehavn Camping.
Follow the signs through the campsite to the rocky stretch on the other side. The cliffs here are neither high or steep, but still beautiful and dramatic, and except for the last stretch towards Aarsdale, you’ll walk close to them and the sea.
Follow the beach road to the smokehouse in Aarsdale, where you turn left towards the harbour and follow the signs through the town to the path south of it leading towards Nexø. Again there are cliffs along the coast in true archipelago fashion.
There’s one place where you can walk directly on them, but otherwise the gravel path is lovely, alternately narrow and wide. Stick to this path until you reach the road into Nexø.
Walk through the town to the cycle path to the south – it takes you across Balka Lyng to Balka Beach, which you walk on directly for the last four kilometres or so to Snogebæk.
The Coastal Path 7 hiking stages:
On this hike, you get a chance to visit the following places:
An old red brick building sat on the beautiful beaches of Årsdale. Under danish terms it can be no more idyllic when Mikkeller opens the doors to the old ice house, the home of the bar and restaurant.
Café Holmer in Nexø Square, Eastbornholm, is a place where we serve coffee, tea and other drinks as well as restaurant-style meals, snacks and desserts. We have created a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that encourages our patrons to linger and socialize.
We welcome you to Nexø Sand Sculpture Park with more than 30 sculptures, a large sandbox and sandlabs where you can try sculpting for yourself, and a beautiful sunny terrace where you can enjoy a good ice cream.
Live music and raw cosyness in Snogebæk - when you come to the idyllic fishing village Snogebæk on southern Bornholm, you absolutely should pay a visit to Sørens Værtshus (Sørens Pub). Or just to "Sørens", as the locals say.
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