Considered the most beautiful village in Denmark, Sønderho has 300 inhabitants that live in thatched-roof houses mostly built in the nineteenth century: it is merged into the natural environment of the small island of Fanø, about 260 km from Copenhagen. Nature on the west coast of Denmark offers long beaches and amber woods, and it can be reached only on foot, by bicycle or on horseback: the northern part of the island is the peregrine falcon’s kingdom, while in the southern part the dunes protect the rural village of Sønderho from the wind and the sea. In Sønderho, tourism has allowed the renovation of historic buildings, the redevelopment of the streets and the start of new buildings, always respecting tradition. The many old and well-preserved buildings mainly date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when Sønderho was the main sea town on the west coast of Jutland. So-called modern houses have been built in the village, but the traditional Fanø cottages still are the more charming ones. Each house in the village has a well kept garden surrounded by a fence: the houses are all the same height and on the floor, at the street level, there are numerous windows that bring light inside. Above is the attic floor with sloping roofs covered with straw, following the traditional system. The precious material is easy to find in the marshy areas around the village: what was once a necessity is now a source of pride for Sønderho, because it makes it unique. Many houses are for rent, others are open to visitors, and still others have become museums. Among the latter, there is Anna’s House, a building dating back to the eighteenth century.
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