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Copenhagen Vs. Roatán

By HarryFriday 01st April 2016

Beautiful beaches await, in Roatán. Beautiful beaches await, in Roatán.


Sightseeing in Rome, exploring in Australia or island hopping in Greece – with so many types of holiday out there, it can be hard to pick just one. That’s where we come in. In today’s blog, we’re sorting the city-breakers from the beach-lovers as we compare two destinations which couldn’t be more different: Copenhagen and Roatán.


A bit of background…

The undoubted king of Nordic cool, Denmark’s capital combines high fashion, unbeatable fine-dining and an interesting history. Set against a diverse backdrop of industrial warehouses, contemporary buildings and picturesque waterfronts, Copenhagen is a real feast for the eyes. Cobbled streets connect the wildly different parts of this eclectic city, from fashionable Nørrebro to traditional Nyhavn.
Just over 9,000km from Copenhagen is Roatán, the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, one of the many jewels in the Caribbean’s crown. Situated near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Roatán boasts white-sand beaches, perfect diving conditions and, most importantly, an infectious Caribbean vibe. Think swaying coconut palms and the distant sound of steel drums – bliss!

Where to go

When it comes to museums and galleries, Copenhagen certainly has some of the best. Start with Louisiana, a modern art gallery in Humlebæk, where you can see works by the likes of Picasso, Bacon and a range of Danish artists. There’s also an entire wing just for kids!
Next on Copenhagen’s must-visit list is Tivoli Gardens. This popular amusement park dates back to 1843 and comes complete with a century-old rollercoaster, open-air theatre performances and a large concert hall. It’s the perfect place to spend a warm summer’s evening.
Copenhagen’s Nyhavn waterfront. Copenhagen’s Nyhavn waterfront.
First stop for anyone visiting Roatán has to be West Bay beach. Crystal-clear sea meets long stretches of white sand, dotted with sun-loungers and luscious green palm trees. Great for families, this beach offers shallow waters for swimming, and has plenty of restaurants nearby.
On the east side of the island are the Garifuna villages. These unspoilt fishing towns are made up of houses built on stilts, surrounded by lush jungle, and are home to native Garifuna people. Be sure to get a canoe through the beautiful mangroves.

What to see

Most visitors to Copenhagen will have visited the Little Mermaid, and you should, too!Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name, this unassuming bronze statue can be found at the Langelinie promenade. While the original was created in 1913 it has since been replaced with the copy you can see today, following repeated vandalism.
On Roatán island, you’ll see something beautiful everywhere you turn, but nothing is more breath-taking than the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The second largest in the world, the reef boasts a unique underwater ecosystem that will delight and amaze. Pretty fish can be seen alongside all kinds of turtles, which live in and around the colourful coral below.
Explore Roatán’s reef. Explore Roatán’s reef.

What to eat

Cuisine in Roatán is typically Caribbean, featuring plenty of seafood, rice and fresh fruit – a far cry from Copenhagen’s very Nordic cuisine. Tapao is a type of fish stew. Butter, garlic and onions are browned, before adding fish, lobster, shrimps, crab, conch and squid, and stewing in coconut cream. It is served with a green plantain garnish.
Copenhagen has an impressive number of Michelin-starred restaurants (15 in total), serving unique creations unlike anything you’ve seen before. NOMA has been voted the world’s best restaurant no less than four times! For something simple, try Denmark’s trademark, smørrebrød. Smørrebrød is an open sandwich of dark rye bread and various toppings. Pickled herring features heavily, as do cured meats and cheeses.
When in Copenhagen, try smørrebrød. When in Copenhagen, try smørrebrød.

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