At a prime location by the blue thoroughfare of Eastern Jutland, you’ll find the charming Hou Harbour. As soon as you pass the pier, you’ll feel the special maritime atmosphere at the harbour that offers cosy barbecue areas, a new playground, a crabbing pier for children, a ferry terminal with departures for the islands Tunø and Samsø, a historic boatyard, eateries and excellent harbour amenities.
Back in time, Hou was a fishing hamlet, but today it is a charming tourist and harbour village with restaurants and specialty stores.
State-of-the-art shower rooms and laundry facilities
The harbour’s new service building contains large shower rooms, a family shower room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a laundry room with washer and dryer. The service building is built as an extension of the harbour master’s office at a central location on the harbour.
Harbour fees are paid in the vending machine by the harbour master’s office. Here, you can also purchase a harbour card that you can use for electricity, laundry and showers, as well as for access to the slipway.
Less than 100 metres (100 yards) from the harbour you’ll find the grocery store Dagli’ Brugsen, where you can get freshly baked breakfast rolls. Don’t miss the chance to visit the local butcher’s shop, Hou Mesterslagter, with its selection of delicacies. You can cook and enjoy your goodies at the barbecue area at the cosy covered wooden terrace by the harbour master’s office and club house, which has a spectacular view of the harbour. In the northern part of the marina, you’ll find a café and a kiosk.
Children on board
By the club house, the children can play at pirates at the harbour’s new maritime playground, while the grown-ups enjoy their coffee while watching the children. You can borrow bicycles free of charge, and it’s only a short distance to wide sandy beaches at both sides of the harbour. If you like hiking, we recommend walking along the beach from Hou to Saksild, where you will learn about the local history of Hou and gain insight into some of the prettiest sandy beaches in Denmark.
If the weather turns bad, we recommend visiting the local public swimming pool,” Vandhalla”, located 15 minutes’ walk from the harbour, which has a 95 metre (295 feet) chute for the adventurous.
Sightseeing in Aarhus
In Hou Harbour will be berthing in a prime location just an hour and a half’s ride by bus or train from Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark. Busses depart every half hour from the harbour to Odder where you can change to bus or train to Aarhus C.
You can refuel your diesel or petrol around the clock.
Hou Boatyard, which is part of the yachting centre Hou Søsportcenter, upholds the traditional shipbuilding craft that has made Hou famous for close to 100 years. With a location in the centre of the marina, the boatyard’s activities make their mark on both the harbour and the village. Here, you will find every kind of assistance you can imagine for repairs and maintenance of your boat.