Gilleleje is one of several towns along the north coast of Zealand which has a name ending in leje – which is an old Danish word for a fishing port. And there is actually still quite a bit of fishing going on in the area judging by the number of fishing boats in the harbor.
But time has changed and the fishing boats are not alone in the harbor – there are several pleasure boats of different seizes in the harbor – since this village is a short drive from Copenhagen so it is easy for people from Copenhagen to go up here if they have a boat in the harbor.
Gilleleje is also known as one of the main places where people from Copenhagen are having their summerhouses – the area is somewhat cheaper than Hornbæk but it is still an attractive area for the people of Copenhagen.
We wonder around the little village enjoying the harbor which is surprisingly busy on this sunny weekend afternoon. Everybody seems to have left Copenhagen to enjoy the sun at the beaches of the north coast and they all go down to the harbor to buy take away fish and chips or ice-cream to eat around the harbor area.
Not far from the harbor there are many old houses with thatches roof and it is nice to go and wonder around the old houses for a bit. We enjoy the little stroll around the small village – the area is big with many summerhouses but the interesting part of Gilleleje is pretty small centered not far from the harbor.
We get to Gilleleje just driving along the road from Hornbæk – and the easiest way to get here is clearly your own car. But even without a car it is a possible daytrip from Copenhagen. You can take a train from the center of Copenhagen to either Helsingør or Hillerød and then catch a local train between the two cities. And you get the chance to visit the famous castle of Kronborg in Helsingør or Frederiksborg in Hillerød.