Visiting the home of the ‘Happiest Danes’ – Dragør
The morning sun shines down on this charming, Danish fishing village as a fresh ocean breeze fills the air. Dragør, known as the home of the happiest Danes, was the perfect backdrop for our first day trip from Copenhagen. Charming cobblestone streets lined by yellow houses with thatched roofs and flourishing flowers provided a stunning location to shoot La Bottega Di Brunella’s Spring/Summer 23-24 collection, inspired by the botanical elements of the Amalfi Coast gardens in spring.
Walking the picturesque laneways you can feel the town’s 18th-century heritage around you. Home to many cultural and artistic events, creativity can be felt throughout the colourful alleyways, and reflected in the tiny museums and art displays, seeping out into the open harbor and lively docks.
The entire feel of Dragør is reminiscent of the streets of La Bottega Di Brunella’s hometown, Positano, where stone-paved pathways and seaside air make both locations so magical. With much in common, their historical beauty incorporates the traditional artisan methods creating timeless, lasting style.
Tucked away from the bustling streets of nearby Copenhagen, Dragør hosts the village’s still active fishing harbor, where tourists and locals flock to enjoy the relaxing calm waters, witness centuries of maritime legacy reflected in the weathered piers or enjoy the delicious Smørrebrød at the local cafes. The harbour, which has remained relatively unchanged since the 1800’s, is rich with nautical heritage and an almost mystical atmosphere, where it is not too difficult to imagine mermaids, sailors, and medieval fairytales.
Craftsmanship can be seen in every aspect of this charming harbour town, from the fishing vessels to the unique architecture and all the way through to the culinary traditions. The cultural identity of Dragør and its people, and their timeless connection to their nautical past, can be felt as prominently today as it has throughout history.